Week’s Digest: Don’t use Startups to Say Something Else! and more
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the financial times article about iranian startups
The most highlighted Iran startup related article of the week, without a doubt, is Najmeh Bozorgmehr’s article on Financial Times titled as Start-up republic: can Iran’s booming tech sector thrive?
Here is what I think about it: I don’t like the tone of the article because it’s too political and it seems that it is saying something about the Iran startups to use the topic and argues political views. I generally don’t like people use startups topic in Iran to say something else.
Having a closer look at the article, it provides good information about Iran startup ecosystem scene especially in terms of looking at the big picture. Being a consultant and a startups community member in Iran, I know that this kind of information is rare and hard to find. BUT it also oddly covers too much of political views of Iran. From what I understand it basically says:
- Tech startups are THE only hope for Iran’s economy
- In order for startups in Iran to thrive, they need foreign investment and knowledge of expats and foreigners
- Iran is doing lots of political adventures moves in the region and this discourages west to cooperate with Iran
- Parts of Iran power system is against the strategy of getting help from outsiders
- THUS => “Iran needs to open the country’s doors to foreigners more, let expats to play more effective roles and aligns its foreign politics with west to thrive”.
I know startups by nature has high impact in comparison to other parts of the economy. According to the article, startups have the share of 1% of the economy yet, I can say we hear about them everywhere and that 99% is quieter than you think!
I believe in terms of the country’s sensitivity about expats and dual nationalities, it’s not only the matter of how “startup republic thrives”, but also “if the expats and dual nationalities” can enjoy benefits of having their second nationalities and at the same time Iran’s huge market. I would say, It’s hard and they need to know that they have chosen this path a long time ago. Now the market is open and they are first movers of the startup ecosystem in Iran, but it seems so natural that they hit bumps.
Also, I don’t think the only way for the startup community to thrive in Iran is that the authorities of Iran align their foreign policies with the west. Let’s keep economy and politics as separate as possible. And let’s keep startups and politics as separate as possible too. It’s not that much political, it wasn’t when it began, and it’s not now.
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