Dear friends and family,
I’m glad to write you letter number 03.2022 while spending last evening at a small boutique hotel in Shiraz where I spent my Nowruz holidays with family and friends. The atmosphere here was so relaxing that I took a photo at this very moment and used it as this month’s header photo.
The biggest event of the March was the opening of Worthy Ideas Publishing. We did it! After two years of hard work, we finally started our own publishing company. In a partnership with TEDxTehran, Worthy Ideas will publish books by TEDxTehran speakers to dive deeper into their work and ideas.
Worthy Ideas already published its first book, “I wanted it, I Made it Happen” which includes an intimate and deep conversation with the translator and art director, Lili Golestan. After her 2016 talk in TEDxTehran, which millions of Iranians have viewed all around the globe, now it was the time for this book to come out. The book is available here via this link.
At the Oppmakr Institute, we constantly partner with new organizations to drive positive change. After creating a momentum of change at the Post Bank of Iran and moving the bank toward being profitable and a trusted partner for innovators, we are also partnering with Bank Shahr to help build an innovation committee for this giant.
We are also working with a client on a partnership for making a dedicated startup accelerator for Afghans in Iran.
We are also gearing up for the INOTEX Stage to be organized on the 10-13th of May. As the largest conference in Iran’s startup ecosystem (35.1 million talk views), it will include more than 40 hours of quality talks, lectures, discussion panels, and many other programs for the audience to deep dive into the most updated startup topics both locally and globally.
As I mentioned, nearly half of the past month was the Nowruz holidays which meant more time for me to write. Also, unfortunately, two of my favorite thinkers, Reza Barahani and Ali RezaGholi, passed away, and I decided to write about them. Hence, this month’s featured reads are a bit more than usual. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I loved writing them.
Until next month, I wish you a great beginning to the Persian new year.
My best as always,