July 17, 2020

Key qualities of an Investment Committee: Investors and Startups reveal all and look to the future

It’s 7am in San Francisco and Vancouver. In these different cities Khaled Nasr, George Akiki, and Anwar Sukkarie, are getting ready for their regular Investment Committee (IC) call with other fellow members of iSME’s investment committee. 
It’s 5pm in Beirut. Bassel Aoun, Naji Boutros, Gilles De Clerck, and Dany Eid are also getting ready for

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June 23, 2020

The inspiration to impact people’s lives: the journey of Illumina’s CFO, Sam Samad

When he was barely 30 years old, Sam Samad faced the most challenging role in his career: he became Eli Lilly’s CFO for the Middle East area. At such a young age he found himself in charge of 15 countries and expected to be an expert on local cultures, all while having to navigate the

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February 11, 2020

Prof. Gabriel Rebeiz and LebNet chairman George Abdo Kadifa share their AUB journey and discuss Lebanon’s financial crisis

In a cosy setup on February 1st, LebNet co-hosted a lunch with the Worldwide American University of Beirut Alumni Association chapter in San Diego. 
The sold out event drew over 65 people who got the chance to hear Guest speaker Professor Gabriel Rebeiz talk about his experience at AUB, how he was the youngest AUB

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January 7, 2020

Batteries are at the center of a decade of electrification

This article is part of an expert series written by industry experts. In this part, Nadim Maluf, the CEO of Qnovo Inc, discussed the impact of the electrical grid and lithium-ion batteries breakthrough.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded on 9 October 2019 the Nobel Prize in Chemistry to three scientists for “the development

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December 27, 2019

Nour Chamoun’s Forbes 30 Under 30 discusses the power of storytelling

Featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and being the cofounder and Chief of Product at Scopio, a tech-focused photo marketplace, Nour Chamoun keeps adding more bullets to her resume.
After graduating from the Lebanese American University with a BS in Graphic Design, Chamoun did her Masters in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design

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December 13, 2019

LebNet’s Silicon Valley annual dinner: Call-To-Action for Lebanon and recognition award to Entrepreneur of the Year 2019

Over dinner at Tannourine restaurant in San Mateo California LebNet’s members gathered on December 10 to catch up, be informed about recent activities to help the tech sector in Lebanon and meet the winner of LebNet’s Bireme award for Entrepreneur of the Year 2019.
LebNet Chairman Abdo George Kadifa kicked off the evening by listing

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November 21, 2019

Why the future of store management lies in robots

Due to the important role robots are playing in increasing humans’ efficiency, and creating new skill sets for them, some might argue the fear of robots replacing human jobs might be ill founded.
Robots, retail robots more specifically, have come a long way since their first editions. Their production requires multidisciplinary teams to cover the

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November 12, 2019

Tech trivia, prizes, news & updates from LebNet’s San Diego meetup

On November 7th, LebNet hosted a networking event in San Diego, sponsored by CulturGrit and Knobbe Martens. 
LebNet San Diego steering committee members Andrew Tebsherani and Samara Hakim, the founder and president of CulturGrit kicked off the evening with a few remarks on the format and Tebsherani introduced the Tech trivia and prizes: three bottles

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October 25, 2019

6 lessons on what it takes to craft a sustainable career

This isn’t the first time LebNet hosts a panel on building sustainable careers and businesses, but it’s the first time it does it in Phoenix Arizona. 
October 23rd, 2019 marked the first event organized by LebNet’s newly launched community in Arizona. It is led by Dr. Lina Karam, a Full Professor in the School of

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October 15, 2019

What you didn’t know about Lebanon’s startup scene

How are startups doing in Lebanon?
How do they receive support?
What’s the ecosystem like?
How can the diaspora give back?
Where are the success stories? 
It’s hard for those living outside of Lebanon to know what’s happening in the startup tech scene in the country. 
To provide an overview of the Lebanese ecosystem, LebNet,

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