In 2014, Michael Goldberg, assistant professor of design and innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, launched his free Massive Open Online Course "Beyond Silicon Valley." Using the city of Cleveland, Ohio, as an example, Goldberg wanted to show how to create and support a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. Two years later, more than 100,000 students from 190 countries have taken the course. It has been translated into 14 languages. Entrepreneurs from all over the world are now working together and learning from each other how to make their land a more business-friendly place. These are their stories.
This second episode features insights from a young entrepreneur in Iran: Mehdi Sadeghpour. Goldberg and Sadeghpour first connected through the MOOC, and since then Sadeghpour has been building his very own startup, 1stQuest, a full-service travel portal in Iran. He talks about how what people think about Iran and its business and entrepreneurial communities is very different from the reality. Chris Schroeder, a startup investor and writer focusing on the Middle East, corroborates this by saying that Iran has the perfect combination of technological and engineering savvy and passion amongst its young people.