The other revolution bubbling in the Middle East

An Egyptian woman types on her laptop prior to the start of a demonstration opposing president Mohammed Morsi at the Presidential Palace on December 18, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt.

Image of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
Author: Christopher M. Schroeder
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages

For the past couple of years, the revolutions of the Arab Spring have dominated the news out of the Middle East region. But Chris Schroeder, author of "Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East," says there's another revolution that's quietly emerging that deserves attention: growing entrepreneurship.

From Cairo to Lebanon, Schroeder says thousands of entrepreneurs are successfully problem solving and adapting ideas for the Middle Eastern populations. He also says e-commerce is seeing a stable growth in the region.

"The big story of the Middle East is the mass penetration of mobile devices. What you're talking about is super-computing capacity in the hands of 50 to 60 to 70 to 80 percent of people," says Schroeder.

And despite widespread youth unemployment and problems with infrastructure and human rights issues,  Schroeder says innovative people will find solutions to help alleviate these problems.

"As you look around places like China, India, Brazil, where 10 years ago, 15 years ago we wouldn't have really thought very highly about them as ecosystems," he says. "Also, unbelievable, interesting things have happened there."

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
Image of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East
Author: Christopher M. Schroeder
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (2013)
Binding: Hardcover, 256 pages

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