The Compass

Find some direction on your entrepreneurial journey

Specialist or Generalist? Neither.

Sep 9, 2017

By Naila Tariq— Being a specialist in your field is generally prized and rewarded the world over. The more uniquely skilled you are, the higher regard you are viewed in, and the more seriously you are taken. Entrepreneurs need to live and breath their industry of choice too. To disrupt a market and make a […]

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Making the Most Out of the Sheraa Accelerator

Sep 9, 2017

By Naila Tariq — The deadline for the second cycle of Sheraa’s Accelerator program has come and gone, and with it will come the selection of the second cohort. And if you’re a startup who has applied for said accelerator, you just might be one of them. Such programs are intense, potentially-overwhelming, and require a metric […]

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Opening Corporate Minds to Open Innovation

Aug 8, 2017

By Naila Tariq– There are two sides to the following scenario. The first is that of a huge, possibly transnational corporation (let’s creatively call it Company A). This company has made a name for itself in its field, and has been a staple choice for consumers for years now. Lately, however, its ability to come […]

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How Creatives Are Shaping The World’s Economy

Aug 8, 2017

This article was published on Entrepreneur Middle East. 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 […]

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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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