During the past three years, the economic cycle of the region, coupled with the influx of western-educated college graduates returning to the gulf, spurred an enormous level of attention to startups and technology, and spurred a venture focus that was hardly seen before. Young and capable entrepreneurs (commonly referred to as “Founder(s)”) and seasoned venture…

Amidst the plethora of social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.) and the decreasing impact of the traditional advertisement strategies, a new type of marketing gurus, the social media influencers, have debuted in the marketing scene and talent and advertising agencies are facing a terminal battle unless they adapt to utilizing this new breed of…

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. This policy set guidelines that highlight for technology developers and manufacturers the most important areas that to consider when designing, testing, and deploying highly automated vehicles (“HAV”). The 103-page document covers three major areas: (i) vehicle performance guidance; (ii) model…

In our most recent articles, we discussed setting valuations for SMEs and the importance of starting an acquisition with a term sheet. The natural step that follows in a venture-stage transaction is due diligence, commonly abbreviated as “DD”. Legal due diligence in an acquisition refers to the detailed examination by investors of the target to…

Many businesses, small and large, retain attorneys to draft transaction documents and simply let them have at it. This is especially the case if there is a pressured timeline. What many business leaders forget, however, is that bare-bone, “high-level” agreements amongst themselves are not always sufficient to reach execution of the intended transaction. So when…

“We’re looking to raise one million dollars at a valuation of five million.” This is a common line with which entrepreneurs conclude their raising pitches. But a closer attention to the applicable company regimes in the GCC will reveal that executing these terms is not very straight forward. Limiting our focus for now to the…

Less Common Presentation Tips

As an entrepreneur or business owner, it is very likely that at some point you will be faced with giving a presentation to market your company’s products or services. Or you may need to make presentations regularly to your lenders or partners, or to your staff to train them. Regardless of the cause, bad presentations can be remarkably painful to both yourself and the audience.

في ظل التغيرات الإقتصادية محلياً وعالمياً التي تحدث من حولنا يجب على كل رجل أو سيدة أعمال محاولة توقع ما قد يطرأ على السوق وكيفية مواكبة التغيرات والتعامل معها لكي تعمل لصالحك، ولا تؤثر سلباً على نشاطك التجاري. هناك عدة طرق لإستباق ومواكبة التغيرات، وكل نشاط له طريقته الخاصة في التعامل مع الظروف المتقلبة، ولكن بعض النقاط تبقى مشتركة بين مختلف النشاطات، وسندرج أهمها في هذا المقال.

Although it houses thriving economics and high Internet connectivity, the GCC’s e-commerce culture is still in its infancy stages. And while both experts and users can attribute this slow progress to many factors, this article is purely concerned with the mechanics of taking a GCC business online, whether to directly sell or to present. The article is the first of a series that will be concerned with how a business may successfully establish an online presence that adds to its bottom line.