Author Archives: Olga Habre

Toward a cashless society

Toward a cashless society

Banking, like many other industries, is steadily moving toward digitization to accommodate changing lifestyles. People now need solutions to banking challenges that did not previously exist. With busy schedules, more travel, a surge in e-commerce, and a plethora of innovations that are spurring a global shift, the growing tech-native generation is increasingly asking to conduct

Gemmayze 2.0

Beirut’s traditional Gemmayze quarter is witnessing a hospitality renaissance. A quick walk (or a slow drive) down the newly-paved Rue Gouraud and its less populated cousin, the lower and parallel Rue Pasteur, reveals a changing landscape of restaurants and coffee shops, design and art spaces, modern boutiques, and offices—almost all of them new faces, save

The growing pains of Lebanon’s entrepreneurship ecosystem

Despite the one big news story that dominated watercooler conversations in entrepreneurship circles, the community at large had a comparitively good year. The quality and quantity of startups has increased, as witnessed at multiple demo days throughout 2018. Several exciting international and regional events were staged in Beirut, some for the first time. There is

12 new Lebanese startups

In previous years, attending a startup demo day in Beirut—where hopeful graduates of accelerator programs present their projects and pitch for recognition and financial investments—tended to require a will to smile politely and some tolerance for boredom. But in September and October of this year, demo days and startup competitions with Lebanese entrants—some held in

An interview with Bookwitty chief executive Cyril Hadji-Thomas

To understand as much as possible about the inside perspective and mindset related to the first high-profile  failure of a Lebanese startup, Executive sat down with Cyril Hadji-Thomas, the stakeholder at the heart of Bookwitty. E  We heard many things when investigating this case. Among them, allegations that a large number of subsidiaries had been

Financial literacy initiatives for everyday

When it comes to maximizing money, the rich have access to many more resources than anyone else, not to mention the disposable cash to play with in the first place. That doesn’t mean that they are financially literate by birth but they usually grow up in a very favorable family environment for acquiring financial literacy,

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