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Jordan VC Firms Forge Mideast Silicon Valley: William Cohan

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Few Americans would pick Amman, Jordan -- a city of about 2 million in the heart of the war-torn Middle East -- as a vibrant place for entrepreneurs and the venture capitalists who back them.

But there Amman is, ranked as the 10th-best city in the world to launch a tech startup, according to a 2012 list compiled by Rachid Sefrioui, the founder of Finaventures, a California-based venture-capital firm.