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Amman Tech Tuesdays (AmmanTT) is Monday 28th

I've been waiting to hear when their upcoming event was. I didn't think to check facebook, figures.

I'm pasting the info and link to the Facebook event below. I will definitely be there if anyone would like to join me. I'm a startup junkie, and with tech events being so rare in the middle east, I'm looking forward to it. I miss all the events in the valley, hopefully this starts something here. Ok, I think I am just talking to myself now.

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(All text below is from the facebook group, I did not write any of it)


On the 28th of June, Protected content Department of State will lead a Delegation consisting of leading U.S. venture capital investors, entrepreneurs and pioneers in start-up acceleration to Jordan and they want to meet YOU!

This is a unique chance for you to learn and engage with the delegation, and other entrepreneurs, investors, educators and government officials.

In hopes of supporting emerging entrepreneurs and furthering President Obama's vision for a "new beginning" between the United States & Muslim world, Members of the delegation have committed to provide:

-Venture & Seed Capital.
-High impact mentorship.
-Share its expertise and learn about the economic and entrepreneurial environments in Jordan.

Brief Bios for Members of the Delegation follow below:

Dr. Magid Abraham:

He is president, CEO and co-founder of comScore, Inc.(NASDAQ: SCOR), a global leader in measuring the digital world. Prior to comScore, he was founder and CEO of Paragren Technologies, a successful CRM company, and Information Resources (NASDAQ:IRIC). He has authored articles in the Harvard Business Review and Marketing Science. In Protected content , Dr. Abraham was named Ernst & Young’s® Entrepreneur of the Year, and in Protected content , he received the AMA’s Parlin Award for “outstanding leadership and sustained impact on advancing the evolving profession of marketing research.” Dr. Abraham holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research and an M.B.A. from MIT, and an Ingenieur degree from the École Polytechnique in France.

Saeed Amidi:

He is the Founder, President and CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. Plug and Play is the premier technology startup accelerator with over Protected content which collectively have raised an excess of $700 million. Additionally, Saeed is a General Partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and it holds successful investments in over 70 technology companies some of which are: PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox etc. Saeed is a serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a world-class network of Fortune Protected content , accomplished serial entrepreneurs, and veteran financial executives.

Mike Cassidy:

He has been the Co-Founder and CEO of four start-ups: Ruba, Xfire, Direct Hit, and Stylus Innovation. Google acquired the Ruba assets (visual travel site) and Ruba team. Xfire helps gamers play online with their friends much more easily and has over 15 million registered gamers in over Protected content . Viacom/MTV acquired Xfire for $110 million. Direct Hit was a revolutionary Internet search engine whose customers included MSN, Lycos, AOL, and dozens of others. Ask Jeeves acquired Direct Hit for $500 million. Artisoft acquired Stylus Innovation (a computer telephony software company) for $13 million. Mike has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT. He graduated from Harvard Business School.

Court Coursey:

He is the Managing Partner of TomorrowVentures, which is a venture capital firm focused on capitalizing on innovative ideas that have the power to change the way people live, interact, and thrive. Coursey is a serial entrepreneur having founded his first business at 14 years old. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and has built a number of successful companies over the past 20 years. Currently, Coursey is a member of the Board of Directors of Prosper, DOTGO, Cx, Intern Inc., Giiv and CitizenEffect. In addition to his efforts with TomorrowVentures, Coursey supports a wide variety of philanthropic efforts by bringing his entrepreneurial expertise to the non-profit forum, which includes CitizenEffect, ArtsNOW and Jumo.

Dr. Usama Fayyad:

He is CEO of Open Insights a Seattle, WA based data strategy and data mining technology and services company. He is also Executive Chairman of OASIS Protected content Jordan based entrepreneurship initiative and investment fund and also Chairman of one of the leading Arabic Internet Community and social sharing web sites; attracting over 4M visitors per month. Up until late Protected content was Chief Data Officer & EVP at Yahoo! Inc. where he also founded and led Yahoo! Research Labs — the premier institution for developing the new sciences to understand the Internet and social phenomena on it. Prior to Yahoo! he founded and led two data mining technology companies DMX Group (acquired by Yahoo! in Protected content digiMine Inc./Audience Science — a leader in Internet Advertising and Behavioral Targeting. He was with Microsoft Corporation from Protected content , and with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL Protected content his work won the highest awards given by Caltech/JPL and earned him a U.S. Government Medal from NASA.

Ossama Hassenein:

An entrepreneur, mentor and venture capitalist. Over the last 35 years, he managed over $1 billion in 14 international technology funds at Berkeley International in San Francisco, Technocom Ventures in Paris, Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, and Newbury Ventures in Silicon Valley. In the 80’s, he spearheaded the mezzanine financing of Protected content companies that became notable successes including Oracle, Cirrus Logic, Atmel, PMC-Sierra, Linear Technologies and LSI Logic. In the 90’s, he led or co-founded six successful startups including ACC (acquired by Ericsson), Algety (merged and listed on NASDAQ), HighDeal (acquired by SAP), Highwave Optical (Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex (acquired by Comverse), and nCipher (listed on LSE). He is currently chairman of the boards of BDNA in Mountain View, Echovox in Geneva, TechWadi in Silicon Valley, and Zong in Palo Alto. He served on the Boards of Advisors of Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the American University in Cairo, and UC San Francisco.

Tom Keller:

Tom has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and high tech. A Managing Director of TechStars, Tom is driving the international expansion of TechStars, a startup accelerator with a 70% funding rate. Prior to TechStars, Tom founded and was CEO for several companies, including IntenseDebate, which was acquired by WordPress, and Net Infrastructure, the world's first managed services provider. Tom is also an active board member for Entrepreneurs' Foundation of Colorado, a non-profit organization which is committed to increasing entrepreneurs' philanthropy. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from the University of Washington, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.

Shervin Pishevar:

A technology entrepreneur, published researcher and technology incubation expert. He has raised nearly $40M in venture funding for his start ups. He is the founder and executive chairman of SGN, one of the leading social and mobile gaming companies. Currently, Shervin is an active angel investor or advisor in such companies as Aardvark,, Gowalla and Kissmetrics. Previously, Shervin was the founding president and COO of Webs (formerly Freewebs), one of the largest social publishing communities in the world with over 30 million members and growing, with one million members added every 60 days. He has also co-founded such companies as Hotprints to revolutionize the personal printing and direct marketing world and Hyperoffice, a leading SaaS provider for small businesses.

Greg Behrman (State Department)

A Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State. He covers several Middle Eastern issues. Behrman was formerly a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University and the Henry Kissinger Fellow for Foreign Policy at the Aspen Institute.He is the author of The Most Noble Adventure: The Marshall Plan and the How America Helped Rebuild Europe. The book was selected by The Washington Post as one of the Top Protected content Books of Protected content was #5 on the Foreign Affairs Best-Seller list. The book was positively reviewed in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and other publications. Behrman is also the author of The Invisible People: How the U.S. Slept Through the Global AIDS Pandemic, The Greatest Humanitarian Catastrophe of Our Time and his writing has appeared in Newsweek International, International Herald Tribune and LA Times.

Steven R. Koltai (State Deprtment):

A Senior Advisor for Global Entrepreneurship, is responsible for designing and implementing the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the State Department. Located in the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs, the GEP is part of the Administration’s overall emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation. Mr. Koltai comes to this position from over 30 years’ experience in international finance, strategic planning and entrepreneurship gained in the banking, entertainment and Internet industries. He was Corporate Senior Vice President for Strategy and Development at Warner Bros Inc; Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of; Co-founder of Europe's largest private television satellite company, SES/Astra, and has served in various capacities at the Export-import Bank of the United States, McKinsey & Company, Salomon Bros. and Bankers Trust. Steven was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Protected content .

This is a rare chance for us all to learn and also inform the delegation on the advances we are all making here in our beloved country. SO SPREAD THE WORD AND BE THERE!

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Princess Sumaya University for Technology - Friendship Auditorium
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