Startups on the Spot: Falafel Games with Vincent Ghossoub

Starting on my first article on this thread chronologically –

My very first episode of Startups on the spot (also the pilot episode) was with Vincent Ghossoub, the founder of Falafel Games – a startup that develops and publishes mobile app games, the first to develop a game with Arabic content and one of the best game-startups in the Middle East.

 

I had met Vincent Ghossoub in 2016 when I went Live on 7nujoom app and played “Action Anime” with a professional player from their team. I remember when I went to their offices to discuss our project, I heard Vincent speaking Chinese and thought I was hallucinating. I wasn’t. That’s when I figured he communicates in Chinese with his investors.

 

What I like more than doing this show is meeting entrepreneurs and getting inspired by their proactive nature, their hopeful ambitions, and their dedication.

 

So far, Vincent has a funding of 4 Million Dollars.

No spoilers watch the episode and teaser below:

 

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The global games market is expected to grow from $137.9 billion in 2018 to more than $180.1 billion in 2021, according to market researcher Newzoo.

Those numbers reflect the constant growth of platforms, such as smartphones. This year, mobile games are expected to hit $70.3 billion — newzoo-games-2or 51 percent of the total — and they will grow to $106.4 billion by 2021 — or about 59 percent of the total. Newzoo estimates there are about 2.3 billion gamers across the globe.

The 2018 total for the global games market will rise 13.3 percent — or $16.2 billion — from $121.7 billion in 2017. About 91 percent of the newzoo-games-3global market is digital, meaning that $125.3 billion worth of games flows through digitally connected channels as opposed to physical retail.

125.3 BILLION DOLLARS!!!
Thank God to people like Vincent, Lebanon is sharing a part of that!

Watch more episodes of Startups on the spot here.

With all the support to the Startup Ecosystem,
M

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Startups on the Spot

You probably noticed me sharing some links on my Facebook Page and Linked in account featuring startups and covering tech-events.

Startups on the Spot (on Facebook & Linkedin) is a show produced by Klangoo; its main goal is linking investors and venture capital firms to startups with good working models. Other goals are showcasing the hard work of entrepreneurs in the MENA region, meeting the entrepreneurs, and ultimately encouraging the reluctant people with good ideas to make the leap: believe in their ideas and try to execute them! 

Being fascinated by the world of startups since the 2012, I realized that people who work in startups aren’t bound to the working hours, are not naturally followers but innovators, and are risk takers. Since every member in a startup usually owns shares in the company, its growth means their growth – which is not the case of typical employment. Recently with the drop of employment and the overall economic recession (perhaps depression) the startup ecosystem is providing new opportunities for the dynamic youth to dream. Every time I hear of a startup acquiring their rounds of funding, I smile; and breathe in some positivity.

I will be sharing all the featured startups and events on this thread make sure you keep on coming back!

Featured Picture by Skylinkd

 

Wanna Dinner or Go on A Round Trip to Adana?

Dinner in a fancy restaurant with two bottles of wine costs us around 240$ right?
So does a ROUND TRIP to Adana, Turkey with Nakhal and Cie / Wings of Lebanon

Departures of this shopping trip as they call it (since shopping their is so cheap comparable to Lebanon) is every Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.

The fees include:
Air Ticket BEY/ADA/BEY with airport taxes
Hotel Accomodation
Transfers on arrival and departure

Things to do in Adana: 

1- Shop Shop Shop – Malls Malls Malls.
Prices are cheaper, especially the items on SALE;
It is actually a SALE there. 
2- Visit the giant central mosque
3- Watch movies outdoors (we couldn’t do this one unfortunately)
4- Drink Starbucks (American Coffee is for 1$)
5- Eat Kabab
6- Taste the Ayran
7- Visit the old bazar souks

Check out this video by Bilal Hax of our shopping trip there (I was super exhausted super sick with a projecteuron my forhead) sorry about that!  

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🔺Swipe ⬅️ ✈️ A shopping destination trip for $240 includes Tickets- 2 nights Hotel**** airport taxes, airport transportation, & Breakfast! @mayaacra @lebanontimes And myself had to check it out ourselves to believe it! Adana is where most retailers buy their brands at low tax cost, and because of current sanctions, it has become a shopping bonanza… Whether it is shopping for clothes, medicine shopping, or for beauty surgeries, things cost here WAY LESS!! 🇹🇷Don’t miss out on Adana Kabab for lunch & dinner, it’s only the best 😋 We had an awesome stay in @ramadaadanahotel, That provides shopping transportation for it’s guests😍 Book soon with @wings_of_lebanon or @nakhalandcie to get best deals. _______________________________ #adana #turkey #shopping #shoppingdestination #destinationshopping #wol #travelblogger #lebanesetravelers #lebanon #beirut #shoppers #lebaneseshoppers #travel #travelagency #vlog #videoblog #instatravel #lebanese #lebaneseinfluencer #travelmiddleeast #travelvlog #travelvlogger #cntravellertr #cntravellerme #nakhal #wingsoflebanon #fly #samsunggear360 #gear360

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Enjoy it!
Much Love!
M

A Civil Marriage in Lebanon; Absolut-ly Almost!

A civil marriage happened only 22 km off the Lebanese coast Saturday noon, attended by the friends and family of Tarek Mallak (31) and Anastacia El Hajj (29) – and ofcourse the creators: the advertising agency, Interesting Times, and Fawaz Holding as the distributor for Absolut.

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Instead of traveling to another country to celebrate their wedding, this young couple decided to celebrate its as close as possible to the land where they were born and raised, the land they love – the land that does not accept them falling in love.

The logistics of doing such a wedding is not easily replicable. The boat has to be registered in a separate country that accepts civil marriage, in this case in Cyprus. The minister had to be a Cypriot marriage officer.

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“When you enter international waters, you can then follow the law of where the boat is registered. This was our way of expressing that we all believe it’s high-time we bring civil marriage to Lebanese shores.” stated Rita from Interesting Times.

Coming from different religious backgrounds, these young love birds are the pioneers of An-Almost-In-Lebanon-Civil Marriage without having to lose their civil rights*. The thing is Lebanese people are getting civil married in other counties both ways and legalizing it is a win-win situation to the state and the couples in love. In addition to it being a way to express that Love should know no race, color, gender, or religion, it creates additional revenue to the Lebanese economy and minimizes the expenses of Lebanese couples.

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‘Civil Love’ is a campaign that represents Absolut’s vision for a better, more open world. A world that celebrates human unity, diversity, champions openness, and promotes self-expression. It suggests that the best way to heal division in Lebanon is for the youth of different backgrounds to fall in love with each other. ‘Civil Love’ is the hope for a unified tomorrow in Lebanon.

 

Amen to that!
Keep falling in #Civillove!
M

 

* In 2013, a legal loophole allowed a few couples to marry civilly, but in order to do this, the couples had to erase all traces of their religion from their National Identities which led to a loss of civic rights. This act not only meant that the couples were criticized but it also cost them their right to vote, work in a public office, and meant that their child would be born with the same civic issues. This doesn’t seem suitable for a celebration of love and commitment and since 2013 there have been no civil marriages in Lebanon.

 

Against Oppression

 “I Disapprove of What You Say,
but I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It” – Voltaire
"أنا أرفض ما تقوله ،
ولكن سأدافع عن الموت حقك في قوله "- فولتير

Freedom of Speech goes both ways, I will defend whomever is persecuted simply because he was brave enough to express himself – whether I approve with what he said or not – and I expect to be respected by those who don’t agree with what I say out loud.

ادافع عن اي شخص يعتقل لانه كان عبر عن رأيه، حتى اذا لا اوافقه الرأي – واتوقع ان انال احترام كلّ من لا يوافقني افكاري.

Yesterday‘s turn out was beautiful I had to share some footage & pictures (below) 🙂
ما تخاف من الحرية خاف عليها


Be Free!
M

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1, 2, 3 Fly: Finally Paragliding @flylebanonparagliding

I finally did it: Paragliding over Harissa after telling myself I want to for over ten years – wow I am getting old

 

I cannot find the reason of why I did not do it before, but I would definitely do it again.

 

I have answered below some misconceptions about paragliding that I wish I knew before:

 

Misconception 1. It is boring, you just go down the hill and that’s it!

 

Actually, you don’t. The paraglider can move the way he likes, up down left and right. We actually went horizontally all the way to Harissa then stayed on top of the sea for quite some bit.

If you like Adrenaline and you fly with someone as good as Walid Medawar from @flylebanonparagliding you can get your own share of Adrenaline Rush with tricks like the 360 degrees we did.
Still, It is not sky diving. You are floating in space, but you can float the way you like; you can stay as much as you like; and you can go as crazy as you want to go

 

Misconception 2. It is so scary

 

Well, I’ve loved crazy rides ever since I was little but let’s just say that if you ever tried parasailing you might as well enjoy paragliding. But yes, paragliding is much more interesting and ‘free’ – you are not stuck on a pillar

 

Misconception 3. Flying with a professional is uncomfortable

 

It all depends who you are flying with. I flew with Walid Medawar for more than 24 minutes, and I was not bothered at all. On the contrary, I was lucky to fly with him because of his noticeable passion towards paragliding. The fact that Walid still enjoys flying after doing so for over 20 years made me enjoy it even more! He is interactive and caring – and somehow intellectual. I felt safe and in good hands. That is all you should feel when you’re flying up in space right?

 

Of course you are freer when you fly alone if you practice it well, but flying with a reputable paraglider is not bad at all – it actually keeps you company!

 

Misconception 4. The Take Off and Landing might get challenging

 

Just focus and listen. Even though I have wanted to do it for a while, I did not read any blog or book before going paragliding. I just listened to my instructor, and I did not face any difficulties.

In the take off, you just walk then run facing the wind that is blowing you back.

In landing, you just stand up when your instructor counts “3”.

I did both exactly as told & hey! I love it!

 

LESSON LEARNED:

Do everything you want to do before you’re fat, old, and annoying.

Note: Walid gave me a GoPro which took pictures automatically every 5 seconds. Check out the edited footage I took:

Enjoy the winds & the view – and my video 😉

With Love!
M

 

 

15 Minutes of Fame

Saturday was crazy. I joined the NOMAD EXPEDITION and discovered the beautiful virgin lands of Akoura, reached back from Beirut at 7:30 – and I had to make it to Qanat Alfa Alyaum Channel / OSN’s backstage of the show “Baddi Ra2yak” before 8:30 – Top Camera was 9 pm! Yes, basically they did both my hair and my make up in less than 30 minutes! (thus never mind how I looked!)

The question we discussed was the below:

Do you like to be famous? (from @badera2yak’s twitter) 
| Answers & results were as follows:
– Yes, why not (19%)
– Not at all (28%)
– I don’t aim for it, but I would be glad if it happened (30%)
– I don’t like to be in spotlight (23%)

Screen Shot 2018-05-28 at 4.43.01 PMSince Al Youm TV is a paid television, you won’t be able to watch the discussion online, however I will break down what we discussed below:

  • Fame might sometimes cause depression – especially when achieved quickly. We all know the ’15 minutes of fame’ – generally, what comes fast also goes fast.
  • Fame should not be an aim but a result of hard work and success – or else it might get disappointing
  • Fame in modern society is measured by the number of following an individual (or company) has therefore existing on social media is not only vital but inevitable 
  • Social media also provides a shortcut to fame 
  • Fame is responsible – meaning, every relatively famous individual has social responsibility of increasing awareness to good social causes which he should advocate whenever needed
  • A famous person doesn’t need to get his followers into his house – the panelists explained privacy of a household as “red lines” – however, this is definitely the decision of every famous person – some of them enjoy it (like the Kardashians) some don’t (like Nancy Ajram) 
  • Followers are (generally) not stupid and can sense when a person is genuine or fake – a fake life on social media can be easily spotted; fake profiles eventually cease to exist
  • No matter how strong social media is, traditional tv appearances still have a huge impact on shaping a celebrity’s prestige (media needs celebrities and vice versa)

 

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I am one of the people who added to the 3rd answer. Being famous is never my aim, however success is – if fame followed, I wouldn’t mind it 🙂

What are your thoughts about fame? 

Set A Goal, being famous is not one!
With Love,
M

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