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Falafel Ecosystem

A while ago I was reviewing some of the entrepreneurship ecosystem mapping I did for Jordan during previous projects. I found some interesting trends over the past 15 years in Jordan. I would say the entrepreneurship ecosystem is like our Falafel ecosystem. Have you ever noticed that when a new Falafel restaurant opens in a new area, within few months you will notice that more and more Falafel restaurants are opened in the same area. Not only that but if someone introduced a new [...]

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Cup of Coffee: The distance between industry and academia

Last week I was at the German Jordanian University to give a talk during the global entrepreneurship week (GEW). During the day we had different presentations about innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration between industry and academia. The overall event was very interesting with lots of inspiring speakers and networking. After that a group of the speakers had coffee together at the university cafeteria. Sounds like all the other events we have attended. But that simple informal setting and chatting, while having [...]

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Lessons from The puzzle of innovation 2

In the last few weeks I was under stress and wanted to relax and do something I have not done for many years.  I thought of many things and looked around the home without finding anything interesting that might be relaxing. While I was looking at my library of books, I noticed on the top shelf an old box that I bought for more than 7 years but never opened.  It is a Jigsaw Puzzle, in box, with a picture [...]

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Lessons from the Puzzle of Innovation

In the last few weeks I was under stress and wanted to relax and do something I have not done for many years. I thought of many things and looked around the home without finding anything interesting that might be relaxing. While I was looking at my library of books, I noticed on the top shelf an old box that I bought for more than 7 years but never opened. It is a Jigsaw Puzzle, in box, with a picture [...]

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