Startup Grind opens in Jordan

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startup grindStartup Grind, a global entrepreneur community powered by Google,has now opened a chapter in Jordan where it will give Amman-based entrepreneurs access to a steady supply of words of wisdom from leading figures from throughout the MENA start-up community.

Startup Grind Jordan will feature monthly conversations between industry leaders, the host, and the audience that are intended to really dig deep and extract the nitty-gritty details about running a start-up, Wamda reported.

“We’re trying to connect, inspire, and empower entrepreneurs. We want this to be not just another event where they listen and then go home; we want serious people who really want to change the start-up community in Amman. We really want to ‘move fast and break things,’ as Mark Zuckerberg says,” says Robert Carroll, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Jordan and event host.

The chapter’s inaugural event last April featured one the biggest names in Jordanian entrepreneurism, Ahmed Alkhatib, founder and CEO of MarkaVIP, a hugely successful online flash sales shopping community. During the event, Khatib chronicled his personal history as an entrepreneur – from his failed attempt to open a falafel stand in San Francisco to his eventual success with MarkaVIP – and gave advice to the crowd of largely young entrepreneurs along the way.

The event had an intimate, informal vibe, which allowed the audience to really engage with Alkhatib and participate in the conversation. For me, this intimacy is the real strength of the Startup Grind concept and will prove to be a major draw for future events in Amman, as attendees will feel as though they are participants rather than spectators. I also think that speakers will also appreciate this atmosphere, who will enjoy the relaxed, conversational format.

Startup Grind is fueled by a set of values that is designed to make the often difficult and lonely road that is entrepreneurism a bit less so.

“We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs, and start-ups succeed. We intend to make their start-up journey less lonely, more connected, and more memorable,” says the Startup Grind website.

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Startup Grind, a global entrepreneur community powered by Google,has now opened a chapter in Jordan where it will give Amman-based entrepreneurs access to a steady supply of words of wisdom from leading figures from throughout the MENA start-up community.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

startup grindStartup Grind, a global entrepreneur community powered by Google,has now opened a chapter in Jordan where it will give Amman-based entrepreneurs access to a steady supply of words of wisdom from leading figures from throughout the MENA start-up community.

Startup Grind Jordan will feature monthly conversations between industry leaders, the host, and the audience that are intended to really dig deep and extract the nitty-gritty details about running a start-up, Wamda reported.

“We’re trying to connect, inspire, and empower entrepreneurs. We want this to be not just another event where they listen and then go home; we want serious people who really want to change the start-up community in Amman. We really want to ‘move fast and break things,’ as Mark Zuckerberg says,” says Robert Carroll, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Jordan and event host.

The chapter’s inaugural event last April featured one the biggest names in Jordanian entrepreneurism, Ahmed Alkhatib, founder and CEO of MarkaVIP, a hugely successful online flash sales shopping community. During the event, Khatib chronicled his personal history as an entrepreneur – from his failed attempt to open a falafel stand in San Francisco to his eventual success with MarkaVIP – and gave advice to the crowd of largely young entrepreneurs along the way.

The event had an intimate, informal vibe, which allowed the audience to really engage with Alkhatib and participate in the conversation. For me, this intimacy is the real strength of the Startup Grind concept and will prove to be a major draw for future events in Amman, as attendees will feel as though they are participants rather than spectators. I also think that speakers will also appreciate this atmosphere, who will enjoy the relaxed, conversational format.

Startup Grind is fueled by a set of values that is designed to make the often difficult and lonely road that is entrepreneurism a bit less so.

“We believe in making friends, not contacts. We believe in giving, not taking. We believe in helping others before helping yourself. We are truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs, and start-ups succeed. We intend to make their start-up journey less lonely, more connected, and more memorable,” says the Startup Grind website.

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