In this special international edition of the a16z Podcast, Mohsen Malayeri, co-founder of Avatech — one of the more prominent startup accelerators in Iran among many (much like YCombinator in the U.S.) — talks to guest interviewer Christopher Schroeder (former entrepreneur, D.C. investor, and author of Startup Rising) about startups in Iran.
What happens when you have a “mobile-first” startup ecosystem? Is this about trying to be yet another Silicon Valley (and if so, are we just substituting a form of technocracy for theocracy)? Silicon Valley isn’t a religion, observes Malayeri, but entrepreneurship IS “a common language which has no border”.
This is the third installment in a special series on tech startups in Iran, part of a larger theme around global tech and how software — including mobile — is eating the world … and creating new opportunities within it.
The a16z Podcast discusses the most important ideas within technology with the people building it. Each episode aims to put listeners ahead of the curve, covering topics like AI, energy, genomics, space, and more.