What’s behind the name?
The name AstroLabs is inspired by the astrolabe, the most important instrument of astronomy in the medieval world. A golden-colored disc representing one of the earliest analog computers in human history, this was an innovation perfected by the Arabs during the tenth century.
The standard astrolabe was no bigger than twenty centimeters in diameter, but it had over one thousand different uses, including: navigation, telling time, calculating distances and discovering the positions of the planets. Developed at the peak of scientific discovery and research in the Middle East, the astrolabe demonstrates the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our ancestors – a spirit we aim to channel among Arab start-ups in the 21st century.
One of the the astrolabe’s main uses – navigation by the stars – illustrates a concept that is central to entrepreneurial success: the ability to see beyond what is right in front of you. This ancient tool symbolizes the human quest to understand the broader universe around us and pays homage to countless navigation expeditions into the unknown.