Cafe Bazaar

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Cafe Bazaar
Native name
کافه بازار


Computer software
Founded 2010
Founder Hessam Armandehi
Headquarters Tehran, Iran

Cafe Bazaar (Persian: کافه بازار‎) is an Iranian Android marketplace founded in February 2010 by Reza Mohammadi and Hessam Armandehi in collaboration with some students from Sharif University of Technology. Cafe Bazaar provides its services specifically to Persian-speaking users[1] and offers more 25,000 downloadable Iranian and international apps for gaming, social media, messaging and other uses. It gets roughly 20 million visits a week within Iran[2] and its value is estimated at $20 million.[3]

Cafe Bazaar is part of a technology scene that has developed amid —and perhaps due to— international sanctions and strict censorship laws that have scared off global tech companies.[2] Considering the fact that at the time, Google Play not accessible for the Iranian users, Cafe Bazaar launched their marketplace offering not only the viral apps you see in Google Play, but local Iranian apps making a room for Iranian startups and app developers to launch their product in their homeland.[4]


  1. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Technology Startups Take Root in Tehran". WSJ. 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  3. ^ Author Interviews. "Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now : Parallels". NPR. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 
  4. ^ Alireza Jozi. "How Sanctions Helped Iranian Startups Thrive". Techrasa. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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