I have been among internet start-ups in the Middle East for around 9 years, yet recently I started hearing this stereotype from people that twitter is their main place for start-up in these days so they start spending so much time on it and building hope around it; and my question always follow by: Is it an effective platform, is it giving you the latest news of your industry peers, can you submit your news that can help reach to many people in the region and not many miss it because they weren’t online while you tweeted it, did you get the exposure to offline media through twitter, are all people whom you follow and they follow you part of your stakeholders. If twitter is fun, it doesn’t mean twitter can do it all.
There are couple of sites you can visit and things you can do to attain your objective for networking, getting exposure, reading relevant news, and building a real community around your website/brand. I have compiled this short-list as guidance for the sweetest start-up and I hope you can share with me things you effectively use for growing your start-up.
The blog that you are on right now, is among the sweetest and largest prolific blog that covers interactive media, internet start-ups, and social media in the Middle East. There is special section for internet start-ups and since we cover only region’s internet industry, most of our news are about internet start-ups launched recently or reviewed. You can tip us your news as well.
Another sweet professional blog on our list is StartupArabia.com, a blog that profiles and reviews Arab start-ups, what’s nice about it is that you can find a history of launched Arab start-ups for the past 2 years. Furthermore, StartupArabia.com runs a wiki database that covers start-ups, venture capitalists, seed fund organizations, mentors, etc… You can tip them your news as well.
A fresh and growing sweet Q&A platform for start-ups, you can read frequent asked questions by your industry peers and specially in your region, respond to questions if you have an answer for it, or just ask your question to get your peers’ insights. I mean, I always have been annoyed by platform that cover start-up yet their experiences or insights are about NYC or Alabama, so I find it irrelevant and leave. Now, do you have a question in your mind now, Yalla! post it.
If you have a startup and you want spontaneous people review, it’s basically better than closed beta launch , like really tasting your sweet. This event allows you to present your work in 15-minute slides or demonstration and 5-minute Q&A. The event happen independently in Dubai and Egypt so far. It’s also a great place for networking. Is your product ready for demo?
Talking about psychically networking at Demo Camp is ideal, but you should also be around your audience/prospects/clients at cyber social networking sites like intheloop, the region’s first social network for entrepreneurs in the Middle East. This platform is new but growing. Intheloop.me is among our sweetest list but it shouldn’t be your only social network, international ones are important as well like linkedin.com, twitter.com, and facebook.com you should utilize them effectively for visibility and business development. You definitely need to stay in the loop.
You can share with us your special and sweet active platforms or activities that you find effective and efficient, we’d love to hear from you, but please specific to start-ups and don’t tell me techcrunch or mashable.