Saudi development Syahrel Azha Hashim/Getty Images

Kemenangan dan Perjuangan Startup di Arab

DUBAI – Konferensi STEP yang baru-baru ini diselenggarakan di Dubai – konferensi bisnis/perusahaan startup terbesar di Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara (dikenal dengan sebutan MENA) – menarik banyak perhatian. Ini menunjukkan tingkat kematangan startup di kawasan ini. Akan tetapi wirausaha di kawasan MENA (Middle East and North Africa) masih terbentur hambatan-hambatan struktural yang menghalangi kemajuannya.

Keberhasilan startup di Timur Tengah dan Afrika Utara tidak bisa diremehkan. Berdasarkan Wamda, sebuah platform akselerator regional, lebih dari lusinan startup – termasuk Bayt, Careem, MarkaVIP, Namshi, News Group, Propertyfinder, dan Wadi.com – sekarang memiliki valuasi lebih dari $100 juta. Souq.com, perusahaan yang didirikan tahun 2005 dan mempekerjakan sekitar 3.000 karyawan, disebut sebagai “unicorn” pertama di kawasan MENA dengan valuasi di atas $1 miliar.

Namun tetap saja kondisi regional belum kondusif untuk memupuk pertumbuhan kewirausahaan. Di balik perang, terorisme, dan situasi politik yang bergejolak dan menghancurkan dunia Arab – ditambah lagi tantangan-tantangan yang biasa dihadapi wirausaha di luar Silicon Valley seperti keterbatasan modal risiko, SDM, atau infrastruktur – terdapat banyak persoalan struktural yang sudah mengakar.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/N3uEsL3/id;
  1. Patrick Kovarik/Getty Images

    The Summit of Climate Hopes

    Presidents, prime ministers, and policymakers gather in Paris today for the One Planet Summit. But with no senior US representative attending, is the 2015 Paris climate agreement still viable?

  2. Trump greets his supporters The Washington Post/Getty Images

    Populist Plutocracy and the Future of America

    • In the first year of his presidency, Donald Trump has consistently sold out the blue-collar, socially conservative whites who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats. 

    • Sooner or later, Trump's core supporters will wake up to this fact, so it is worth asking how far he might go to keep them on his side.
  3. Agents are bidding on at the auction of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Salvator Mundi' Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

    The Man Who Didn’t Save the World

    A Saudi prince has been revealed to be the buyer of Leonardo da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi," for which he spent $450.3 million. Had he given the money to the poor, as the subject of the painting instructed another rich man, he could have restored eyesight to nine million people, or enabled 13 million families to grow 50% more food.

  4.  An inside view of the 'AknRobotics' Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

    Two Myths About Automation

    While many people believe that technological progress and job destruction are accelerating dramatically, there is no evidence of either trend. In reality, total factor productivity, the best summary measure of the pace of technical change, has been stagnating since 2005 in the US and across the advanced-country world.

  5. A student shows a combo pictures of three dictators, Austrian born Hitler, Castro and Stalin with Viktor Orban Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images

    The Hungarian Government’s Failed Campaign of Lies

    The Hungarian government has released the results of its "national consultation" on what it calls the "Soros Plan" to flood the country with Muslim migrants and refugees. But no such plan exists, only a taxpayer-funded propaganda campaign to help a corrupt administration deflect attention from its failure to fulfill Hungarians’ aspirations.

  6. Project Syndicate

    DEBATE: Should the Eurozone Impose Fiscal Union?

    French President Emmanuel Macron wants European leaders to appoint a eurozone finance minister as a way to ensure the single currency's long-term viability. But would it work, and, more fundamentally, is it necessary?

  7. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now