Dear Friends of This Week in Palestine,
First impressions last. Sometimes forever. Many years ago, we submitted a proposal to a local venture capital firm that invests in innovative companies founded by Palestinian entrepreneurs. Our proposal was weak and our presentation was horrible. Since then, we have tried several times to engage with this firm, but it seems that its negative impression of TWiP is permanent. Reading TWiP sometime in the early nineties (shortly after our inception), someone commented that we use 3rd grade English! I doubt that this person has ever read it since. Oh well, you win some, you lose some; but I assure you, we always aspire to improve. These two incidents are etched in my mind, but we have certainly come a long way since then.