The Compass

Find some direction on your entrepreneurial journey

How Creatives Are Shaping The World’s Economy

Aug 8, 2017

By Naila Tariq– We’ve all heard about the “Starving Artist” trope, wherein writers, painters, musicians, and other creatives make little-to-no money doing what they love unless they get  lucky and make it big. But what if I told you the creative economy is actually one of the fastest growing global industries? We’ve heard that there’s […]

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Becoming Comfortable with Critique

Aug 8, 2017

By Naila Tariq– Let me be the first to admit that getting feedback about my ideas and/or my work gives me anxiety. Usually, I’m either fighting the urge to just give up, or to blindly defend my ideas, or sometimes – because human minds are weird that way – both. Instead, however, I take a […]

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It’s “Game On” in the Middle East

Jul 7, 2017

By Naila Tariq — The video game industry has evolved far beyond the stereotypes it’s usually associated with – think basements, junk food, and multiple screens and consoles. It is a massive field, and constantly growing the world over. In fact, according to newzoo, the global games market will reach over 100 billion dollars in […]

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On Sharing Your Business Idea – Should You Be Doing It?

Jul 7, 2017

By Naila Tariq — One of humanity’s greatest assets is our creativity – our ability to think of new, exciting innovations, services, machines, movements that propel us forward into the future. We are surrounded by the results of the ideas born from great minds. However, there are some people who are quite eager to make […]

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The Power of Empathy in Business

Jul 7, 2017

By Naila Tariq– The world of business and finance has long had a reputation for  being cutthroat, competitive, and lacking in values that do not immediately add to the bottom line. Essentially, there’s little-to-no empathy, with everyone out for their own gain. While this is a reductionist stereotype, there is reason for its existence. Consider […]

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Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Tech

Jul 7, 2017

By Naila Tariq — No longer confined to science fiction, Artificial Intelligence is fast-becoming more and more integrated into our daily lives. From virtual personal assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and now Samsung’s Bixby, to self-driving cars and AI-fueled robots. Experts remain uncertain of when Artificial Intelligence will become truly human-like, but many, such […]

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Basic Skills Every Young Entrepreneur Should Have

Jun 6, 2017

By Naila Tariq — We all know being an entrepreneur involves grit, hard work, thick skin, and passion. But these are personality traits; they do not have to be inherent, and they can be developed, but they still aren’t exactly a skill set. What every entrepreneur needs is an arsenal of both hard and soft […]

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Sheraa’s Ramadan Majlis Recap: Key Issues and Future Implications

Jun 6, 2017

By Naila Tariq Sharjah’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is thriving, but we can – and will – do better. This was the takeaway from Sheraa’s Ramadan Majlis, which took place at the Kahraman Hall in Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center on Tuesday night, June 6th. Held in collaboration with the Emirati Entrepreneurs Association, the Majlis invited […]

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Keeping the Pace During Ramadan

May 5, 2017

With the onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan comes shorter working hours, more time dedicated to prayer and contemplation, and – with the changes to one’s sleep schedule – more naps. It’s understandable, then, for productivity to slow down or for your business to fall into a bit of a slump. However, understandable doesn’t […]

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The Circle of Scarf Project: A Heart- (and Neck-) warming Social Enterprise

May 5, 2017

By Naila Tariq For most people, university courses are something that teach you what you’ll need to know for later, once you’re out in the “real world.” Till then, you move from one course to the next, storing the information for once you get a job that requires you to use it. But what if […]

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