November 1, 2018

The lack of tech talent in the US: a fact or a supply gap?

“In the US, if every position is filled, if every person looking for a technology job gets hired, there are so many positions that can’t be filled for at least 20 years,” said Ahmad Al-Amine, cofounder of outsourcing management company TechGenies. “That’s how much shortage of tech talent there is in the US.”
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October 24, 2018

LebNet Growth Plan: more programs, members and mentorship [Infographic]

LebNet is thrilled to announce its hypergrowth plan, LebNet 2.0.
This means more locations to cover, more programs, more members, more connections and more giving back.
To deliver on this plan, we will need your support in our upcoming fundraising campaign which will enable us to hire the proper staff for growth. The below infographic depicts our

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October 23, 2018

Qualcomm president discusses 5G breakthrough and how the world will never be the same

In 2035, when the full economic impact of 5G should have touched the entire globe, a broad range of industries, from retail to education and entertainment, are expected to produce around US $12.3 trillion worth of goods and services enabled by 5G mobile technology, according to 5G economy reports.
Reports also stated that by

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October 18, 2018

Lebanese diabetes startup Spike wins $100,000 from GITEX

After winning $50,000 during the fifth demo day from Lebanese accelerator Speed@BDD in March 2018, diabetes startup Spike strikes again, and this time during GITEX’s Future Stars’ Supernova Challenge, taking home $100,000.
GITEX is an annual consumer, computer and electronics trade exhibition, and conference that takes place in Dubai. 24 startups from around the

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October 18, 2018

Insights from the Lebanese Fintech Global Conference #LebFintech

On October 13th, LebNet, LIFE and the Lebanese Canadian Tech Hub organized the Lebanese Fintech Global Conference at the CEIM (Center for Enterprise and Innovation of Montreal).
The conference, which was attended by 70 people, discussed the fintech ecosystem, future trends, the main tech players and how they are transforming the banking sector with

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October 9, 2018

The woman building a biotech community for Lebanese in North America [Q&A ]

With a Ph.D. in in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Farah Fawaz developed a passion for science and living organisms since the beginning of her career.
After working for several years in the healthcare industry, Fawaz – a LebNet board member – is working on developing a biotech community under LebNet, to scout biotech innovations,

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October 8, 2018

Can fintech transform banks into tech companies?

Banks are being transformed into tech companies and we are witnessing the the beginning of a a bank evolution. AI will play a major role in transforming these banks, said Gerard Rafie, CEO and Founder of FintekMinds, a fintech consulting company for Capital Markets and Treasury.
The FintekMinds founder, who has over 30 years

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October 8, 2018

Will the first regional 3D printer for buildings come out from Lebanon?

It looks like a busy year for Beirut.
In its 12th edition, MIT Enterprise Forum Pan-Arab Region has announced last week plans to host its regional competition in Beirut for the first time. Seedstars, a global startup competition for emerging markets, is also hosting its regional chapter in the capital for the first time

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September 28, 2018

From music to cars, how Andre Haddad took Turo to the next level

Andre Haddad (left) talking to Rony Chammas about early beginnings and product/market fit. (Image via LebNet)
Andre Haddad left Beirut in 1989 because his parent’s house was bombed during the war. Fast forward 29 years, he is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of  Turo, a peer-to-peer car sharing platform featuring 350,000 registered vehicles and 100

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September 21, 2018

Bridging between Lebanon and Silicon Valley is key to startup growth

Featured image via Pexels
Entrepreneurs worldwide are people who accept challenges and turn them into opportunities. Their methods may differ but their problem-solving attitude remains constant.
In Silicon Valley, where losing billions of dollars is celebrated and considered a sign of revolutionary ideas; innovators, entrepreneurs, business people and employees might be shielded from what’s happening

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