Coming from the startup world, making vision & goal planning, setting OKRs, balance-scorecards, etc. are regular tools that I have used throughout the various startups that I have been involved in. However, one thing that struck me when I entered into a relationship with my partner was how little I actually was prepared and knew anything about how to be able to develop a thriving and nurturing relationship.

Let’s be honest — who you decide to spend your life with will play an essential role in your well-being and growth as an individual. …

On Saturday the 19th of February 2021, we hosted our first Little Humans conversations with Dr. Katherine Kinzler — a professor in Psychology and Deputy Dean in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Katherine’s work focuses on the origins of prejudice and ingroup/outgroup thinking, with an emphasis on understanding how language and accent mark social groups. Her work has appeared regularly in the New York Times and other media outlets, and she was named a “Young Scientist,” one of 50 scientists under age 40 recognized by the World Economic Forum.

The topic we discussed was…

First thing first: According to the recommendations out there babies younger than 18 months should have no screen time at all. The exception to this rule is video chatting with grandparents or other family friends, which is considered quality time interacting with others. Toddlers 18 months to 24 months old can start to enjoy some screen time with a parent or caregiver. By ages 2 and 3, kids should watch no more than 1 hour a day. There’s a great article here about how screentime impacts your baby/toddler.

That’s good advice — but let’s face it: Screens are everywhere. Your…

2020 was a difficult year, and initially, I wasn’t even considering making a review of the books that I had read, because I thought it wasn’t really a lot — however — when reflecting further upon it I realized that in 2020 I actually managed to read several incredible books that helped expand my mind and realize new things about the world and myself.

I have listed some of them below — in no particular order. Some of the main themes this year have been nature (we spent almost 6 months living in the Swedish forests so guess that decision…

Aren’t you just excited to get back to work? When is she starting in daycare? Aren’t you bored?”. Questions I receive often after having given birth to my daughter. Reality is — my daughter is not starting in daycare any time soon, I am not excited to get back to work, and I am thriving. Something that makes me almost feel ashamed to admit. I was never “bored” as a new mama. I was overwhelmed. I was exhausted. I was numbed by the intensity of the experience. But never bored. …

Becoming a mom changed my world and shook me to my core. I felt isolated and confused. I felt that something was wrong with me because society had taught me to think one thing, while motherhood made me feel another. I felt angry. I felt lonely.

Through reading, I realized that I am not alone — that there is a whole tribe of wise women out there that understand me, hear me, and share my feelings with me.

This is a list of some of the books that I found really helpful so far. It is not written in any…

…or how to get an interview at a Tech Startup

Small note: I’m a co-founder of a tech startup working to help athletes develop themselves further through video recognition and analysis. We have two teams: one in Egypt and one in Germany. Since our company has grown throughout the last year I have read a lot of CVs. Just one job announcement may trigger up to 700–800 received CVs, and me having to think how on earth to spot the right talent through the bulk of emails.

A thing about startups that you may know already: We are very dynamic and under constant change. Unless you are a unicorn like…

I recently realized that my colleague grew up with only US movie production. Worse than that — he is fully convinced that movies from the US are the best & only ones out there..and that they are being watched throughout the entire world.

(Un)fortunately this is not the case. As usually we rarely see things as they are, but see them as we are.

So here you have it ElKashif :)

1 FB Status. 24 hours. 80+ movies suggestions from 15+ countries around the world.

The people that submitted these suggestions share some of the most incredible stories, and range…

TED. Pirate Summit. Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Web Summit. STEP. SLUSH. The amount of conferences, summits and initiatives that are out there is vast and the opportunities are endless, especially for entrepreneurs within the tech startup scene. Going to an event is one of the most effective ways to expand your network, be introduced to interesting new tech — and perhaps meet your future investor or co-founder.

However, with some events breaking into the tens of thousands, it is not always easy to navigate around the mass of opportunities and workshops and actually get something out of the events themselves. Approach…

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of collaborating with, and attending, Rise Up Summit in Cairo, Egypt. Rise Up Summit is one of the leading startup events connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem MENA region (Middle East & North Africa), attracting local and international venture capitalists, startups, and enthusiastic entrepreneurs. I was organizing a hackathon during RiseUp, offering a really a great opportunity to work directly with the local entrepreneurs in Cairo and get “under the skin” of the ecosystem there. Here’s what I learned in talking and building with the entrepreneurs of MENA.

Startups as the Way Forward

Building a supportive and sustainable…

Roxane Jurkovskaja

Passionate about how we can apply #tech to solve global challenges | Mama, Writer & Serial Tech Entrepreneur

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