Posted 4.17.17

New Episode of Professor Michael Goldberg's 'Beyond Silicon Valley' Podcast Talks Entrepreneurship in Iran

In 2014, Michael Goldberg, assistant professor of design and innovation, started a free Massive Open Online Course ("MOOC") through coursera called "Beyond Silicon Valley." Through this course, over 100,000 people across 190 countries have connected, shared stories and learned from one another about entrepreneurship outside of Silicon Valley. Through this podcast series, Goldberg highlights some of these stories in lesser known centers of entrepreneurship. 

This second episode features insights from a young entrepreneur in Iran: Mehdi Sadeghpour. Goldberg and Sadeghpour first connected through the MOOC, and since then Sadeghpour has been building his very own startup, 1stQuest, a full-service travel portal in Iran. He talks about how what people think about Iran and its business and entrepreneurial communities is very different from the reality. Chris Schroeder, a startup investor and writer focusing on the Middle East, corroborates this by saying that Iran has the perfect combination of technological and engineering savvy and passion amongst its young people. Listen to the full episode here:

Stay tuned for the next podcast for which the focus turns to Vietnam. Subscribe via iTunes to get notified as soon as a new episode is available. In the meantime, listen to the first episode of the podcast, which focuses on a group of entrepreneurs from Macedonia. 

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