Qasr al-Farid

Mada’in Saleh (Twin City of Petra)

Mada’in Saleh, also know as al-Hijr, Hegra or the Twin City of Petra, is 2 min drive from the Hejaz Railway Station or a 20min drive from Al Ula. In 2008, Mada’in Saleh was announced as the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Although Mada’in Saleh lacks the magnificent grandeur of Petra, it is still one of the most mysterious archaeological sites in the world. It has several large boulders that rise abruptly out of the flat […]

Al Ragasat

Three Days in Al Ula – Saudi Arabia

We flew into Medina and took a three-hour bus ride to Al Ula. Upon arrival in Al Ula, we were astonished by sight of spectacular rock formations that surround the town. This little town was so surreal. It was like driving through the Grand Canyon and having a small town in the middle of it. What was more impressive was all the palm trees growing in this desert town that bore incredibly tasty fruit. There aren’t many hotels in Al […]

Inforum with Chris Dixon and Jonah Peretti

Jonah, CEO and founder of Buzzfeed, one of the top visited sites in the world today. It all started with a procrastination experiment. Nike had just launch their online custom nike shoe store. Jonah was trying to add 3 letters to a shoe but Nike wouldn’t allow him to. In the end he added sweatshop and it accepted the world. Nike contact him a few days later and said they can’t ship him the shoes. He made the emails public […]

Red Sand Dunes

One Day In Riyadh

I was fortunate enough to get an invite to Saudi Arabia for a week and experience the local culture and beauties the country has to offer. I started off in Riyadh for a day… Edge of the World We headed off to the top of the Edge of the World. It’s about a 30min drive from downtown Riyadh. Most of the road is a tarred highway but a good 2-3km off the highway is dirt road and bumpy so I’d […]

Founders Forum by DocuSign

This was my very first time attending a live panel discussion moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Adam Lashinsky. The founders of DocuSign (Tom Gonser), Eventbrite (Julia Hartz) and TaskRabbit (Leah Busque) were being moderated. The panel was positive, mostly transparent to the difficulties they experienced building these successful companies and full of energy. They all share a vision to be the best in this space and provide something new and innovative – which is one of the first reasons to begin a startup. […]

Rickard Tornblad – Product Manager at Aftonbladet

Rickard works for the Aftonbladet, a Swedish newspaper. He has a very interesting job as their product manager. He works between the journalists, UX designers and programmers. He is very adamant that companies spend too much time developing a working prototype before testing the product and waste money, and rightfully so. With prototyping tools like Invision etc, you are able to get a working prototype set up quickly and can? the flow of an app within two weeks instead of […]

Michael Perry – Founder of Kit CRM

I didn’t know what to expect from Michael or who he was or what he did (Apart from the brief google search before he started to speak). Michael had a tough start to the start up scene – He presented to about 40 + VC’s and got turned down by all of them. He believed in his idea so much that he decided to bootstrap it. Long story short…He now has funding and is developing his product. Despite his mannerisms (many F-Bombs) during the speech, […]

Coron, Palawan – an untouched wonder of the Philippines

Coron, Busuanga is located north of Palawan Island, but is still part of Palawan Province, but very often the area is considered Palawan, as it is part of Palawan Province. Accommodation in the town of Coron consists mainly of guesthouses although there are a few hotels.  Slowly more international hotel chains are moving into the area and are building new accommodation. A word of warning however, the food options are very limited and the locals have limited experience in preparing international cuisine. Luckily there is a […]