TechCrunch Meetup In Dubai Uncovers A Vibrant Startup Hub For The Middle East

Posted yesterday by Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) on TechCrunch

When I was invited to speak at the Step conference in Dubai (a new-ish startup conference which brings in international speakers), I figured I would use the opportunity to get a taster of the kinds of startups that were being built out of the city by holding a TechCrunch Meetup. While Dubai — under the watchful gaze of its royal rulers of course — positioned itself an early proponent of the Internet by creating the Dubai Internet City a long time ago, it is the new wave of tech startups which have emerged from the co-working spaces and incubators which are now making the running in the city […]
In 2nd place was Melltoo, a Consumer-to-consumer classifieds app that lets you easily sell second-hand items. It’s similar to Wallapop, or Depop in Europe. But Melltoo will also pick up the item and deliver it to the buyer. This works well in the Middle east, where people tend not to like to meet strangers… Melltoo has raised $205K in funding so far […]