Startups Surge as Iranian Tech Finds Silver Lining to Sanctions

The openness championed by President Hassan Rouhani, a regular on social media, in a country where the web is still heavily policed and the spread of high-speed mobile services have bolstered technology companies. Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

The group of men and women in their twenties sat in a frog-green office on orange chairs as they debated marketing strategies, occasionally breaking to tap on Mac computers or play a game of ping-pong.

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