60 pippa.io <![CDATA[Streams of Progress]]> http://www.streamsofprogress.com en Streams of Progress. © 2018 Streams of Progress no Matthew Nobles info+5a80099ce65dcd7d158417a0@mg.pippa.io episodic https://assets.pippa.io/shows/5a80099ce65dcd7d158417a0/show-cover.jpg http://www.streamsofprogress.com <![CDATA[Streams of Progress]]> https://feed.pippa.io/public/shows/streamsofprogress <![CDATA[Ep018 - Fares Ghandour & Khaled Talhouni, Wamda Capital]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:30:51 GMT 1:19:35 5b1a781a64d9356d1af27a56 no full 1 18 Fares Ghandour, Partner at Wamda Capital & Khaled Talhouni, Managing Partner at Wamda Capital sat down with us to discuss their investment ethos and the various initiatives Wamda is undertaking.


Khaled comes from a career in private equity and venture capital professional with significant experience in value creation and realization. He has built unique experience in the MENA region originating, appraising, structuring, negotiating and executing private equity investments and venture capital transactions in the TMT space. He has a particular focus on digital, gaming, e-commerce, publishing, animation, TV production and social media. He has developed a strong skill base in strategy, business plan development, financial modeling, deal structuring, KPI development, governance and reporting mechanisms.


Fares also serves as Portfolio Manager at MENA Venture Investments (MVI), the region’s largest seed-stage fund. Previously he ran the region’s flagship mentorship event, Mix N’ Mentor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California.


They shared their views on the MENA startup ecosystem, their group’s active initiatives and investment philosophy and a whole lot more, so we hope you enjoy this episode of Streams of Progress.


Enjoy the show!

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Fares Ghandour, Partner at Wamda Capital & Khaled Talhouni, Managing Partner at Wamda Capital sat down with us to discuss their investment ethos and the various initiatives Wamda is undertaking.


Khaled comes from a career in private equity and venture capital professional with significant experience in value creation and realization. He has built unique experience in the MENA region originating, appraising, structuring, negotiating and executing private equity investments and venture capital transactions in the TMT space. He has a particular focus on digital, gaming, e-commerce, publishing, animation, TV production and social media. He has developed a strong skill base in strategy, business plan development, financial modeling, deal structuring, KPI development, governance and reporting mechanisms.


Fares also serves as Portfolio Manager at MENA Venture Investments (MVI), the region’s largest seed-stage fund. Previously he ran the region’s flagship mentorship event, Mix N’ Mentor. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California.


They shared their views on the MENA startup ecosystem, their group’s active initiatives and investment philosophy and a whole lot more, so we hope you enjoy this episode of Streams of Progress.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep017 - Rania & Zaina Kana'an, Charicycles]]> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:45:25 GMT 50:45 5b279b56b3d482444789fde3 no full 1 17 Rania & Zaina Kana'an are the dynamic founders of Charicycles. They are colouring the streets of the UAE through up-cycling and customizing forgotten bicycle frames to save the environment while encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Each sale also contributes to funding a bicycle for a child in a refugee camp to ensure that each purchase spreads the bicycle love worldwide.


Our bicycles descend from a historic lineage of the Japanese bicycle. At Chari Cycles, we up-cycle bicycle frames to promote sustainability and a clean environment while encouraging a healthier lifestyle.


WE UP-CYCLE

At Charicycles we find bicycle frames that have been forgotten and restore them into the beautiful bikes they once were, giving them a re-newed heartbeat and home, while promoting a cleaner environment.


WE CUSTOMIZE

Our bikes are fully customizable so that you can get the dream ride you always wanted. Feel free to browse our ready collection or design your own.


WE GIVE BACK

Every child feels freedom when riding a bicycle. At Chari Cycles, we want to make sure every underprivileged child has the right to their childhood and the freedom that comes along with it. We provide bicycles to children in refugee camps around the Middle East bringing some light to their days.


Hippie tales & happy trails, contact us on hello@charicycles.com or visit us on www.charicycles.com!


Enjoy the show!

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Rania & Zaina Kana'an are the dynamic founders of Charicycles. They are colouring the streets of the UAE through up-cycling and customizing forgotten bicycle frames to save the environment while encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Each sale also contributes to funding a bicycle for a child in a refugee camp to ensure that each purchase spreads the bicycle love worldwide.


Our bicycles descend from a historic lineage of the Japanese bicycle. At Chari Cycles, we up-cycle bicycle frames to promote sustainability and a clean environment while encouraging a healthier lifestyle.


WE UP-CYCLE

At Charicycles we find bicycle frames that have been forgotten and restore them into the beautiful bikes they once were, giving them a re-newed heartbeat and home, while promoting a cleaner environment.


WE CUSTOMIZE

Our bikes are fully customizable so that you can get the dream ride you always wanted. Feel free to browse our ready collection or design your own.


WE GIVE BACK

Every child feels freedom when riding a bicycle. At Chari Cycles, we want to make sure every underprivileged child has the right to their childhood and the freedom that comes along with it. We provide bicycles to children in refugee camps around the Middle East bringing some light to their days.


Hippie tales & happy trails, contact us on hello@charicycles.com or visit us on www.charicycles.com!


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep016 - Ibrahim Colak, MrUsta]]> Tue, 05 Jun 2018 04:33:00 GMT 42:33 5b0d28fe4bc8e06813c786f9 no full 1 16 Ibrahim Colak, CEO & Founder of MrUsta, had a promising long career at Nokia prior to founding MrUsta.  


The inspiration for his startup came to him in the form of a pain point he was experiencing that was all too common for residents of Dubai.  


He validated his idea further and eventually launched MrUsta with the support of his, then girlfriend, now wife, Dunia Othman. 


Listen to learn more about his experiences and how MrUsta has pivoted and become evermore customer driven over the years.


Enjoy the show!











Show Notes:

  • 01:30 - Turkish beginnings from Istanbul.
  • 02:15 - Microsoft years and Nokia cultures.
  • 02:30 - Nokia Networks in Dubai.
  • 03:10 - Where the name MrUsta comes from.
  • 04:00 - MrUsta brand company.
  • 04:15 - MrUsta’s service offering.
  • 04:45 - Husband-Wife Founding Duo.
  • 07:00 - The idea coming from real world problems they experienced.
  • 08:45 - Doing a study to validate your own hypothesis.
  • 09:45 - MrUsta’s evolving service offerings and their initial pivots.
  • 11:00 - Feedback and customer service oriented in the offering.
  • 12:30 - MrUsta’s incubation at In5 Dubai.
  • 13:30 - The perks of being an in5 Alumni that MrUsta has experienced.
  • 14:00 - Usta Academy and it’s offering to service providers.
  • 16:15 - MrUsta from bootstrapping to Seed Funding round.
  • 17:45 - Their $2.75 Million Pre-Series A raise.
  • 19:45 - MrUsta’s average deal flow time per round.
  • 21:00 - Convincing angel investors early on by being very clear and concise in your messaging.
  • 22:15 - His three pieces of advice for raising funds in this region.
  • 24:30 - His passion for scuba diving and how it acts as an escape from the ‘startup noise’.
  • 27:00 - Looking to Elon Musk as an inspirational example on how to disrupt existing industries.
  • 28:30 - The typical day of MrUsta’s CEO.
  • 31:15 - How they conduct meetings.
  • 31:45 - Ibrahim’s daily email habits.
  • 32:45 - Adjusting and making priorities to have a work/life balance.
  • 33:30 - His interests in history and mythology.
  • 34:30 - Looking upto Ataturk.
  • 35:15 - “Don’t give up and dream on”
  • 36:00 - The unhealthy lifestyle of a dedicated entrepreneur and working to improve that.
  • 37:00 - Dubai as a prime example of a city that exposes citizens and tourists to multiple cultures and diverse backgrounds.
  • 38:45 - Accepting more feedback at an earlier age.
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Ibrahim Colak, CEO & Founder of MrUsta, had a promising long career at Nokia prior to founding MrUsta.  


The inspiration for his startup came to him in the form of a pain point he was experiencing that was all too common for residents of Dubai.  


He validated his idea further and eventually launched MrUsta with the support of his, then girlfriend, now wife, Dunia Othman. 


Listen to learn more about his experiences and how MrUsta has pivoted and become evermore customer driven over the years.


Enjoy the show!











Show Notes:

  • 01:30 - Turkish beginnings from Istanbul.
  • 02:15 - Microsoft years and Nokia cultures.
  • 02:30 - Nokia Networks in Dubai.
  • 03:10 - Where the name MrUsta comes from.
  • 04:00 - MrUsta brand company.
  • 04:15 - MrUsta’s service offering.
  • 04:45 - Husband-Wife Founding Duo.
  • 07:00 - The idea coming from real world problems they experienced.
  • 08:45 - Doing a study to validate your own hypothesis.
  • 09:45 - MrUsta’s evolving service offerings and their initial pivots.
  • 11:00 - Feedback and customer service oriented in the offering.
  • 12:30 - MrUsta’s incubation at In5 Dubai.
  • 13:30 - The perks of being an in5 Alumni that MrUsta has experienced.
  • 14:00 - Usta Academy and it’s offering to service providers.
  • 16:15 - MrUsta from bootstrapping to Seed Funding round.
  • 17:45 - Their $2.75 Million Pre-Series A raise.
  • 19:45 - MrUsta’s average deal flow time per round.
  • 21:00 - Convincing angel investors early on by being very clear and concise in your messaging.
  • 22:15 - His three pieces of advice for raising funds in this region.
  • 24:30 - His passion for scuba diving and how it acts as an escape from the ‘startup noise’.
  • 27:00 - Looking to Elon Musk as an inspirational example on how to disrupt existing industries.
  • 28:30 - The typical day of MrUsta’s CEO.
  • 31:15 - How they conduct meetings.
  • 31:45 - Ibrahim’s daily email habits.
  • 32:45 - Adjusting and making priorities to have a work/life balance.
  • 33:30 - His interests in history and mythology.
  • 34:30 - Looking upto Ataturk.
  • 35:15 - “Don’t give up and dream on”
  • 36:00 - The unhealthy lifestyle of a dedicated entrepreneur and working to improve that.
  • 37:00 - Dubai as a prime example of a city that exposes citizens and tourists to multiple cultures and diverse backgrounds.
  • 38:45 - Accepting more feedback at an earlier age.
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<![CDATA[Ep015 - Talal & Tarek Bayaa, Bayzat]]> Tue, 15 May 2018 07:40:00 GMT 1:02:19 5af42fc924cb57e164096cda no full 1 15 Talal Bayaa and Tarek Bayaa, the CEO and CCO of Bayzat. Bayzat is a technology company that empowers businesses with smart and effective insurance & HR solutions.


As CEO, Talal is responsible for providing the vision, overall leadership and strategic management for the company as well as ensuring the highest quality of the services provided. Prior to setting up his own company, Talal worked for a private equity & corporate finance firm, followed by two years at an investment bank.  


Talal started Bayzat with his school friend and now co-founder Brian Habibi.


As CCO, Tarek Bayaa (Talal's brother), is responsible for establishing a world-class sales team and in delivering exceptional customer service. He has been involved in the company on an advisory basis since 2013 and joined the company full-time as the Chief Commercial Officer in April 2015.


Listen to learn more about their experiences and how Bayzat has scaled over the years.


Enjoy the show!

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Talal Bayaa and Tarek Bayaa, the CEO and CCO of Bayzat. Bayzat is a technology company that empowers businesses with smart and effective insurance & HR solutions.


As CEO, Talal is responsible for providing the vision, overall leadership and strategic management for the company as well as ensuring the highest quality of the services provided. Prior to setting up his own company, Talal worked for a private equity & corporate finance firm, followed by two years at an investment bank.  


Talal started Bayzat with his school friend and now co-founder Brian Habibi.


As CCO, Tarek Bayaa (Talal's brother), is responsible for establishing a world-class sales team and in delivering exceptional customer service. He has been involved in the company on an advisory basis since 2013 and joined the company full-time as the Chief Commercial Officer in April 2015.


Listen to learn more about their experiences and how Bayzat has scaled over the years.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Gary Sheynkman, Leyden Ventures]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:20:00 GMT 7:40 5aeab33d066512202d2ea318 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Mohammed Gheyath, GINCO Investments]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:20:00 GMT 6:49 5aeab50e0f406bec73783208 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - AJ Glassberg, Novele]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:18:00 GMT 4:38 5aeab08b840b09bc32989910 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Frank Noppel, Flugauto]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:18:00 GMT 3:45 5aeaaf750f406bec73783204 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Anoop Kanthan, Omni X Labs]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:17:00 GMT 4:35 5aeab299066512202d2ea317 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Edmond Husseini, Felix]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:17:00 GMT 5:34 5aeaaf02066512202d2ea315 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program.  A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.



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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program.  A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.



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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Gregory Lu, Natufia Labs]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:16:00 GMT 5:46 5aeaafe6066512202d2ea316 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Benjamin Balazs, Soluki]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:16:00 GMT 4:39 5aeab1de0f406bec73783207 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Debanga Raj Neog, Nytilus ]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:15:00 GMT 6:04 5aeab1310f406bec73783206 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Techstars Dubai 2018 - Bogdan Savonea, TPS Engage]]> Thu, 03 May 2018 07:15:00 GMT 5:46 5aeaadda0f406bec73783203 no full During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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During the Techstars Dubai Demo Day, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet the startups and the stakeholders who were responsible for bringing the Techstars program to Dubai.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on inaugural program. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from the Techstars Dubai program and be sure to check out more episodes from the 2018 Techstars Dubai Program.

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<![CDATA[Ep014 - Mona Tavassoli, Mompreneurs]]> Mon, 30 Apr 2018 02:30:00 GMT 42:09 5ae6026a928bf5cf7926bc53 no full 1 14 Mona Tavassoli is a mother of two, a successful entrepreneur and has lived a life full of adventure. Mona prides herself in setting more and more challenging goals in every chapter of her life and in being able to achieve them. Throughout her life, Mona has learned the secrets of how to set ambitious goals and how to make them a reality. This adventurous lady challenges herself on a regular basis, skydiving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, under the banner of “World Peace Through Women’s Empowerment”, and even fire walking.


Mona is the CEO and Founder of Mompreneurs Middle East, a B2B platform that caters to female entrepreneurs in the Middle East and enables them to promote and grow their business. The organization believes in women’s empowerment in the region through entrepreneurial education and mompreneurship.


Mompreneurs Middle East strives to educate women to raise thriving families and build successful businesses through self-mastery and self-discipline. Mona has been featured across a number of different publications and media outlets including Sky News Arabia, Dubai Eye Radio, SME Advisor, TEDx UOWD, Arabian Business, The National and many others.


Mona’s research has taken her right across the globe, and she has studied under numerous experts and mentors. She has taken part in programs led by all the greats, including Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy, and has been presented with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She is an NLP practitioner and has combined her learning from all of these numerous sources into a refined program that has one single purpose: How to Have it All, through Time and Energy Management.


You can learn more about Mona at www.MonaTavassoli.com.


Enjoy the show!

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Mona Tavassoli is a mother of two, a successful entrepreneur and has lived a life full of adventure. Mona prides herself in setting more and more challenging goals in every chapter of her life and in being able to achieve them. Throughout her life, Mona has learned the secrets of how to set ambitious goals and how to make them a reality. This adventurous lady challenges herself on a regular basis, skydiving, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, under the banner of “World Peace Through Women’s Empowerment”, and even fire walking.


Mona is the CEO and Founder of Mompreneurs Middle East, a B2B platform that caters to female entrepreneurs in the Middle East and enables them to promote and grow their business. The organization believes in women’s empowerment in the region through entrepreneurial education and mompreneurship.


Mompreneurs Middle East strives to educate women to raise thriving families and build successful businesses through self-mastery and self-discipline. Mona has been featured across a number of different publications and media outlets including Sky News Arabia, Dubai Eye Radio, SME Advisor, TEDx UOWD, Arabian Business, The National and many others.


Mona’s research has taken her right across the globe, and she has studied under numerous experts and mentors. She has taken part in programs led by all the greats, including Tony Robbins and Brian Tracy, and has been presented with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She is an NLP practitioner and has combined her learning from all of these numerous sources into a refined program that has one single purpose: How to Have it All, through Time and Energy Management.


You can learn more about Mona at www.MonaTavassoli.com.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Stefanie Roll, Searfi]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:08:00 GMT 7:55 5addb90f4dc900b32d0f386d no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Sai Naveen, YallaBargain]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:07:00 GMT 4:54 5addb8a763b6b2b82d5bfe6e no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Raka Roy, United Trademark & Patent Services]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:06:00 GMT 8:11 5addb83b4dc900b32d0f386c no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Scott Hupe, Family Souk Ventures]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:05:00 GMT 6:41 5addb9ce63b6b2b82d5bfe71 no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Khalifa Saeed Al Kuwaiti, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:04:00 GMT 5:18 5addb7ae42c6787759cf4c3d no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Jamal Saif Al Jarwan, UAE International Investors Council]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:02:00 GMT 6:17 5addb7381430081124cb1b7e no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, UAE Expo 2020]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:01:00 GMT 12:15 5addb6994dc900b32d0f386b no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[AIM2018 - H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy]]> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 02:00:00 GMT 6:04 5addb5951430081124cb1b7d no full During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. We were honored to interview H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori the Minister of Economy of the UAE to get his perspective on growth and investment opportunities in the UAE.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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During the 2018 Annual Investment Meeting, Streams of Progress was on hand to meet with stakeholders across the investment value-chain. We were honored to interview H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori the Minister of Economy of the UAE to get his perspective on growth and investment opportunities in the UAE.


Each guest was able to share with us their perspective on how the UAE will continue to be an engine for growth and development. A huge thanks to all our guests for sharing their thoughts and perspectives on the subject matter.


Please enjoy this discussion with one of our Guests from AIM 2018!

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<![CDATA[Ep013 - Nadine Mezher, Sarwa]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 02:00:00 GMT 39:33 5ad7058fbdb3f09f3a2462e3 no full 1 13 Nadine Mezher joined Sarwa after years of experience in marketing and communication strategy with a track record of successful projects delivered for clients ranging from startups to government entities as well as large-scale companies. Prior to that, she was working for Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai in retail strategy and strategic alliances, in addition to festivals and events development. Nadine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut with an emphasis on marketing, as well as a degree in design from Esmod Paris.


Nadine shared the story of Sarwa’s founding and the core investment principles that guide their vision for retail investors in the UAE and across the region. There’s a ton to be learned from this episode and you can apply these concepts by opening an account with Sarwa today.


Enjoy the show!

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Nadine Mezher joined Sarwa after years of experience in marketing and communication strategy with a track record of successful projects delivered for clients ranging from startups to government entities as well as large-scale companies. Prior to that, she was working for Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai in retail strategy and strategic alliances, in addition to festivals and events development. Nadine holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut with an emphasis on marketing, as well as a degree in design from Esmod Paris.


Nadine shared the story of Sarwa’s founding and the core investment principles that guide their vision for retail investors in the UAE and across the region. There’s a ton to be learned from this episode and you can apply these concepts by opening an account with Sarwa today.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep012 - Tariq Sanad, Fetchr]]> Mon, 16 Apr 2018 03:05:00 GMT 42:29 5ab35cde627e02027cf86143 no full 1 12 Tariq Sanad began his career at Gulf Air prior to spending almost a decade at Procter & Gamble where he climbed the corporate ladder from a Financial Analyst all the way to Group Finance Manager for the MENA region.


His first foray into startups was as an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Lime & Tonic Dubai.


After winding down Lime & Tonic Dubai’s operations, he joined Careem as the Chief Marketing Officer where he served for over a year before onto his next challenge at Fetchr to serve as the Chief Financial Officer.


Over the last two years at Fetchr, he has witnessed and be part of the company’s massive growth and expansion.


Listen to learn more about his journey and where he sees it all going.


Enjoy the show!
















Show Notes:


  • 01:30 – Pragmatism, University and Studying Accounting.
  • 03:00 – Starting at P&G, just when it was opening up it’s office in Dubai.
  • 04:00 – Moving to Dubai back in the early 2000’s.
  • 05:00 – From becoming a pilot to an accountant.
  • 06:15 – Climbing the corporate ladder at P&G.
  • 08:00 – His first entrepreneurial venture following P&G with Lime & Tonic.
  • 08:45 – A podcast & a Twitter exchange sparked his entrepreneurial journey.
  • 10:00 – How he took a calculated risk when starting his first startup.
  • 11:00 – The decision whether to go back to the corporate world after the first failed startup or to join an up and coming startup called Careem.
  • 12:00 – His transition from finance guy to Chief Marketing Officer.
  • 12:30 – Your role in a startup is solving problems.
  • 14:00 – Moving from Careem to Fetchr and how he learned from every venture he was involved in.
  • 15:00 – Return to his financial role as a CFO at another scaling startup.
  • 16:00 – The employee growth at Fetchr since his joining.
  • 17:45 – The Oman Post Joint Venture and how serves as validation for what Fetchr is achieving.
  • 18:15 – Fetchr’s specialized offerings to various market segments and building customized solutions.
  • 23:00 – Low barriers to entry and building for the long term with scaling.
  • 25:00 – How healthy competition is for the startup ecosystem.
  • 26:00 – Tariq’s optimistic outlook for upcoming Fetchr projects in the works for 2018.
  • 27:00 – Walking as a health and mental exercise.
  • 28:00 – Recharging himself by investing time in the people around him.
  • 30:00 – On not having a role model and instead focusing on building his own story.
  • 31:30 – The importance of understanding your team and connecting with them.
  • 33:15 – A typical day in Tariq’s workday.
  • 35:00 – A book he highly recommends to people interested in managing a team.
  • 35:45 – Unleashing trapped potential by remembering that life is short.
  • 36:30 – “You make your own time”
  • 37:15 – He would love to see a greener Dubai, an even more sustainable city.
  • 38:15 – Be more confident; things aren’t as complex as they seem as long as you break it down.
  • 39:15 – His advice to potential entrepreneur’s out there about taking calculated risks.
  • 40:00 – The importance of tackling big problems.
















References


“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team : A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni

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Tariq Sanad began his career at Gulf Air prior to spending almost a decade at Procter & Gamble where he climbed the corporate ladder from a Financial Analyst all the way to Group Finance Manager for the MENA region.


His first foray into startups was as an entrepreneur and the Managing Director of Lime & Tonic Dubai.


After winding down Lime & Tonic Dubai’s operations, he joined Careem as the Chief Marketing Officer where he served for over a year before onto his next challenge at Fetchr to serve as the Chief Financial Officer.


Over the last two years at Fetchr, he has witnessed and be part of the company’s massive growth and expansion.


Listen to learn more about his journey and where he sees it all going.


Enjoy the show!
















Show Notes:


  • 01:30 – Pragmatism, University and Studying Accounting.
  • 03:00 – Starting at P&G, just when it was opening up it’s office in Dubai.
  • 04:00 – Moving to Dubai back in the early 2000’s.
  • 05:00 – From becoming a pilot to an accountant.
  • 06:15 – Climbing the corporate ladder at P&G.
  • 08:00 – His first entrepreneurial venture following P&G with Lime & Tonic.
  • 08:45 – A podcast & a Twitter exchange sparked his entrepreneurial journey.
  • 10:00 – How he took a calculated risk when starting his first startup.
  • 11:00 – The decision whether to go back to the corporate world after the first failed startup or to join an up and coming startup called Careem.
  • 12:00 – His transition from finance guy to Chief Marketing Officer.
  • 12:30 – Your role in a startup is solving problems.
  • 14:00 – Moving from Careem to Fetchr and how he learned from every venture he was involved in.
  • 15:00 – Return to his financial role as a CFO at another scaling startup.
  • 16:00 – The employee growth at Fetchr since his joining.
  • 17:45 – The Oman Post Joint Venture and how serves as validation for what Fetchr is achieving.
  • 18:15 – Fetchr’s specialized offerings to various market segments and building customized solutions.
  • 23:00 – Low barriers to entry and building for the long term with scaling.
  • 25:00 – How healthy competition is for the startup ecosystem.
  • 26:00 – Tariq’s optimistic outlook for upcoming Fetchr projects in the works for 2018.
  • 27:00 – Walking as a health and mental exercise.
  • 28:00 – Recharging himself by investing time in the people around him.
  • 30:00 – On not having a role model and instead focusing on building his own story.
  • 31:30 – The importance of understanding your team and connecting with them.
  • 33:15 – A typical day in Tariq’s workday.
  • 35:00 – A book he highly recommends to people interested in managing a team.
  • 35:45 – Unleashing trapped potential by remembering that life is short.
  • 36:30 – “You make your own time”
  • 37:15 – He would love to see a greener Dubai, an even more sustainable city.
  • 38:15 – Be more confident; things aren’t as complex as they seem as long as you break it down.
  • 39:15 – His advice to potential entrepreneur’s out there about taking calculated risks.
  • 40:00 – The importance of tackling big problems.
















References


“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team : A Leadership Fable” by Patrick Lencioni

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Tammer Qaddumi, Venturesouq]]> Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:30:00 GMT 9:46 5ac397cab5c4e0d45192b232 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

The macro economic consequences of Shale horizontal drilling in West Texas which ’caused oil to hit peak demand rather than hit peak supply; served as one of the catalysts for governments in the region to shift towards technology. Over the last few years, we have seen a lot more initiatives from the government sector to support the growth of the nascent startup ecosystem.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

There is a huge potential in a single market for the region, at least in terms of startups looking to scale. A 450 million person market is waiting if they are able to come together and act as one single market.  Dubai is excellent at what it does for startups, the only thing is allowing those startups to scale to additional cities overnight, as they can in the United States or European markets; allowing them to expand into the 350 million person market in the blink of an eye.  Bureaucracy and barriers to entry between the individual MENA region ecosystem markets act as a detriment to startups looking to expand in the region.


On the Step Conference…

We see a lot of cohesion in the ecosystem here, everyone knows each other and it’s very collaborative, in the sense everyone wants to do stuff together; there is competition but relative to other sectors, it’s generally a collaborative environment. There is a need for more interlocking with the corporate arena, and trend of Corporate VC is a positive trend in the market.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about VentureSouq.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

The macro economic consequences of Shale horizontal drilling in West Texas which ’caused oil to hit peak demand rather than hit peak supply; served as one of the catalysts for governments in the region to shift towards technology. Over the last few years, we have seen a lot more initiatives from the government sector to support the growth of the nascent startup ecosystem.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

There is a huge potential in a single market for the region, at least in terms of startups looking to scale. A 450 million person market is waiting if they are able to come together and act as one single market.  Dubai is excellent at what it does for startups, the only thing is allowing those startups to scale to additional cities overnight, as they can in the United States or European markets; allowing them to expand into the 350 million person market in the blink of an eye.  Bureaucracy and barriers to entry between the individual MENA region ecosystem markets act as a detriment to startups looking to expand in the region.


On the Step Conference…

We see a lot of cohesion in the ecosystem here, everyone knows each other and it’s very collaborative, in the sense everyone wants to do stuff together; there is competition but relative to other sectors, it’s generally a collaborative environment. There is a need for more interlocking with the corporate arena, and trend of Corporate VC is a positive trend in the market.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about VentureSouq.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Hans Christensen, DTEC]]> Sun, 08 Apr 2018 06:00:00 GMT 8:30 5ac423df81591bde691aa1c2 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

The attraction of the UAE & Dubai for people from across the globe to come setup their companies and startup has to do with both the forward thinking aspects of the government (e.g. Smart initiatives and Blockchain usage), as well as the appeal of Dubai as a great city to live in. These aspects of the city has made the appeal for entrepreneurs to setup their companies in the city very appealing over the last few years. The startup ecosystem has been rapidly growing with the advent of new technology startups.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

Blockchain technology in the UAE is a very attractive industry for startups as it aligns with the country’s goals to adopt the technology across various fields. We also see the potential to improve the speed of startup registration and company formation/launch over the coming years as the UAE works to improve it’s offerings for would be entrepreneurs.


On the Step Conference…

The event being divided into different verticals allows very niche-based networking for both the entrepreneurs/startups as well as investors to find the right people they are looking for.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about DTEC (Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre).

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

The attraction of the UAE & Dubai for people from across the globe to come setup their companies and startup has to do with both the forward thinking aspects of the government (e.g. Smart initiatives and Blockchain usage), as well as the appeal of Dubai as a great city to live in. These aspects of the city has made the appeal for entrepreneurs to setup their companies in the city very appealing over the last few years. The startup ecosystem has been rapidly growing with the advent of new technology startups.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

Blockchain technology in the UAE is a very attractive industry for startups as it aligns with the country’s goals to adopt the technology across various fields. We also see the potential to improve the speed of startup registration and company formation/launch over the coming years as the UAE works to improve it’s offerings for would be entrepreneurs.


On the Step Conference…

The event being divided into different verticals allows very niche-based networking for both the entrepreneurs/startups as well as investors to find the right people they are looking for.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about DTEC (Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre).

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Ronaldo Mouchawar, Souq.com]]> Sun, 08 Apr 2018 04:15:00 GMT 5:38 5ac3d9cb5fe7bf2a08ea40fd no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

There has been a lot of positive change and growth in the startup sector. Opportunities have arisen around smart phone apps for entrepreneurs and startups to address problems. The number of funds in the region has increased and the ability to raise capital is a lot easier. As we have seen exits in the region, a lot of the teams involved with those exits are then re-investing in the ecosystem either as VCs and/or by starting new startups.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

The market is big, young and very tech savvy. Startups need to continue to focus on actually solving problems. We will continue to see global eyes focus on the region, but we still see some difficulties in additional funding rounds, however overall we are on the right track.


On the Step Conference…

We see a lot of entrepreneurs at the conference and also tend to see entrepreneurs coming back again the following year; whether that means their startup has grown or their ideas have pivoted, it’s a good sign of growth in the MENA startup ecosystem.  


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Souq.com.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

There has been a lot of positive change and growth in the startup sector. Opportunities have arisen around smart phone apps for entrepreneurs and startups to address problems. The number of funds in the region has increased and the ability to raise capital is a lot easier. As we have seen exits in the region, a lot of the teams involved with those exits are then re-investing in the ecosystem either as VCs and/or by starting new startups.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

The market is big, young and very tech savvy. Startups need to continue to focus on actually solving problems. We will continue to see global eyes focus on the region, but we still see some difficulties in additional funding rounds, however overall we are on the right track.


On the Step Conference…

We see a lot of entrepreneurs at the conference and also tend to see entrepreneurs coming back again the following year; whether that means their startup has grown or their ideas have pivoted, it’s a good sign of growth in the MENA startup ecosystem.  


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Souq.com.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Elissa Freiha, WOMENA]]> Sun, 08 Apr 2018 03:30:00 GMT 7:31 5ac36517ce0e9b2e11d64f36 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years… 

Angel groups and accelerators have greatly evolved from what they were before; investors are more active with startups and the market education has occurred. We have moved beyond some of the initial just ‘talk’ around investments and the overall scene is more active.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

The next step is focus – early on we saw a lot more ideation, but now it’s about creation and implementation of strategy. Lead angels of years ago are now heading VCs and we have more niche/industry focused approaches towards portfolios. Rather than external consultants assisting the ecosystem, entrepreneurs are starting to give back


On how Angel Investors in the region can improve…

Angel investors need to learn to trust the entrepreneurs, trust the ecosystem and community around them. New investors aren’t comfortable investing after 20 minute coffees and funding rounds at Seed and Series A can take up to two years. So there needs to be faster turn around and they need to be more active.


On the Step Conference…

Step is about the community and connecting with other entrepreneurs and the overall MENA startup ecosystem coming together.

 

Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Womena.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years… 

Angel groups and accelerators have greatly evolved from what they were before; investors are more active with startups and the market education has occurred. We have moved beyond some of the initial just ‘talk’ around investments and the overall scene is more active.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

The next step is focus – early on we saw a lot more ideation, but now it’s about creation and implementation of strategy. Lead angels of years ago are now heading VCs and we have more niche/industry focused approaches towards portfolios. Rather than external consultants assisting the ecosystem, entrepreneurs are starting to give back


On how Angel Investors in the region can improve…

Angel investors need to learn to trust the entrepreneurs, trust the ecosystem and community around them. New investors aren’t comfortable investing after 20 minute coffees and funding rounds at Seed and Series A can take up to two years. So there needs to be faster turn around and they need to be more active.


On the Step Conference…

Step is about the community and connecting with other entrepreneurs and the overall MENA startup ecosystem coming together.

 

Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Womena.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Walid Mansour, MEVP]]> Sun, 08 Apr 2018 02:15:00 GMT 5:07 5ac42d8d56dec437664195e1 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

The past five years have been where most of the acceleration has happened. More money, more entrepreneurs, more ideas, more exits, more of everything, there has been a very positive upwards trend.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

Technology companies and businesses are being more accepted as mainstream companies and everyday life usage of their solutions. As startups become larger and more mature, that leads to the creation of a bigger venture capital industry. MEVP also just announced at Step about it’s next $250 million dollar fund, which will focus on technology.


On what potential positive changes to see in the investment industry…

Walid would like to see investments become a more accepted asset class, which could drive more people to invest into the ecosystem and we will see more innovative technologies and solutions come out of it.


On the Step Conference…

Step is a chance to connect and see what is going on in the industry, meet some old friends and make some new friends.  It’s a break away from our day to day and a chance to also see trends going on.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about MEVP (Middle East Venture Partners).

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

The past five years have been where most of the acceleration has happened. More money, more entrepreneurs, more ideas, more exits, more of everything, there has been a very positive upwards trend.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

Technology companies and businesses are being more accepted as mainstream companies and everyday life usage of their solutions. As startups become larger and more mature, that leads to the creation of a bigger venture capital industry. MEVP also just announced at Step about it’s next $250 million dollar fund, which will focus on technology.


On what potential positive changes to see in the investment industry…

Walid would like to see investments become a more accepted asset class, which could drive more people to invest into the ecosystem and we will see more innovative technologies and solutions come out of it.


On the Step Conference…

Step is a chance to connect and see what is going on in the industry, meet some old friends and make some new friends.  It’s a break away from our day to day and a chance to also see trends going on.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about MEVP (Middle East Venture Partners).

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Fadi Ghandour, Wamda Capital]]> Sat, 07 Apr 2018 14:26:00 GMT 7:14 5ac3b99709d8ed3f4e9ab47c no full Show Takeaways:

On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

A few years back we would’ve only seen early stage startups, where as now we are seeing exits and substantial scale ups occurring, with the advent of the region’s first unicorns (e.g. Careem) and the acquisition of Souq.com by Amazon.

On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

The markets are fragmented and the amount of VC money is still behind other markets (as a percentage of their GDP); so funding and access-to-market needs to be improve to truly achieve the region’s potential. The scaling process is slowed down in such a fragmented market, we don’t see what we see in other huge markets such as United States, China or India. The role of government support also plays a factor – the research that comes from other governments also contributes to their own startup ecosystems.

On the Step Conference…

When one explores the Step Conference, one can see that this ecosystem is happening and growing. There is an energetic vibe one can sense at the Step Conference, the entrepreneurs and startups are solving problems of the market and one needs to support them. 

Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Wamda Capital.

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Show Takeaways:

On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

A few years back we would’ve only seen early stage startups, where as now we are seeing exits and substantial scale ups occurring, with the advent of the region’s first unicorns (e.g. Careem) and the acquisition of Souq.com by Amazon.

On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

The markets are fragmented and the amount of VC money is still behind other markets (as a percentage of their GDP); so funding and access-to-market needs to be improve to truly achieve the region’s potential. The scaling process is slowed down in such a fragmented market, we don’t see what we see in other huge markets such as United States, China or India. The role of government support also plays a factor – the research that comes from other governments also contributes to their own startup ecosystems.

On the Step Conference…

When one explores the Step Conference, one can see that this ecosystem is happening and growing. There is an energetic vibe one can sense at the Step Conference, the entrepreneurs and startups are solving problems of the market and one needs to support them. 

Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Wamda Capital.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Patrick Rogers, Support Legal]]> Sat, 07 Apr 2018 06:20:00 GMT 8:23 5ac40df4460d5f756dedceb9 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

We’ve seen people moving to the UAE to launch their startups because they see the opportunities of starting their businesses. So we’ve seen the market mature over the last few years. Fintech regulators at FSRA and DFSA are creating new frameworks for new types of startups to operate.  Regulators don’t like to regulate in a vacuum, they are looking for guinea pigs that they will craft the regulations around.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

The sky’s the limit – Amazon creating new possibilities, official unicorn with Careem, it’s drawing talented individuals into the startup ecosystem, who might be in a high paying jobs, seeing exits and such liquidity events attract more talent in the space.


On challenges that startups in the UAE face within the legal framework that could be improved…

It’s costly to start and operate a startup within the UAE, thus the evolution of operating licenses would allow faster turn around and for a cheaper cost.  Government has recognized this and is working towards it – it takes a certain shift in mindset. 

If you truly want to become a knowledge economy hub, need to take steps and possibly sacrifice traditional drivers of the current economy.


On the Step Conference…

Being able to connect and collaborate with people who are also along the entrepreneurial path can be beneficial for entrepreneurs and Step Conference allows that entrepreneurial networking to occur.  


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Support Legal.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

We’ve seen people moving to the UAE to launch their startups because they see the opportunities of starting their businesses. So we’ve seen the market mature over the last few years. Fintech regulators at FSRA and DFSA are creating new frameworks for new types of startups to operate.  Regulators don’t like to regulate in a vacuum, they are looking for guinea pigs that they will craft the regulations around.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

The sky’s the limit – Amazon creating new possibilities, official unicorn with Careem, it’s drawing talented individuals into the startup ecosystem, who might be in a high paying jobs, seeing exits and such liquidity events attract more talent in the space.


On challenges that startups in the UAE face within the legal framework that could be improved…

It’s costly to start and operate a startup within the UAE, thus the evolution of operating licenses would allow faster turn around and for a cheaper cost.  Government has recognized this and is working towards it – it takes a certain shift in mindset. 

If you truly want to become a knowledge economy hub, need to take steps and possibly sacrifice traditional drivers of the current economy.


On the Step Conference…

Being able to connect and collaborate with people who are also along the entrepreneurial path can be beneficial for entrepreneurs and Step Conference allows that entrepreneurial networking to occur.  


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Support Legal.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Mahmoud Adi & Shane Shin, Shorooq Investments]]> Sat, 07 Apr 2018 02:50:00 GMT 11:44 5ac41eef81591bde691aa1c0 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

It’s not only top-down innovation with governments incentivizing startups, but we are also seeing more private capital flowing into the startup ecosystem and talent leaving good jobs to explore startup careers.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

We have seen talent leaving good consulting, banking or government jobs, but not always technical founders, so there is a need for more schooling and attractive incentives to pull specifically technical talent and technical founders into the ecosystem.


On challenges that companies might face when scaling up…

We see a Funding Gap at Series B level or at Seed Level, thus there is a need for more funding at those stages in this ecosystem.

Additionally we need to make it easier for technology startups to scale up across region from a regulatory perspective.


On the Step Conference…

We have a chance to see everything in action at the event, the vibe and the energy of the event is so inspiring. It’s an opportunity for people on the fence to learn more and get involved with the startup ecosystem.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Shorooq Investments.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

It’s not only top-down innovation with governments incentivizing startups, but we are also seeing more private capital flowing into the startup ecosystem and talent leaving good jobs to explore startup careers.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next…

We have seen talent leaving good consulting, banking or government jobs, but not always technical founders, so there is a need for more schooling and attractive incentives to pull specifically technical talent and technical founders into the ecosystem.


On challenges that companies might face when scaling up…

We see a Funding Gap at Series B level or at Seed Level, thus there is a need for more funding at those stages in this ecosystem.

Additionally we need to make it easier for technology startups to scale up across region from a regulatory perspective.


On the Step Conference…

We have a chance to see everything in action at the event, the vibe and the energy of the event is so inspiring. It’s an opportunity for people on the fence to learn more and get involved with the startup ecosystem.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Shorooq Investments.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Khaled Zaatarah, 360VUZ]]> Sat, 07 Apr 2018 02:27:00 GMT 5:35 5ac5980ef3521bc019027816 no full Show Takeaways:


On the MENA startup ecosystem’s entrepreneurs…

Startups that succeed in this region have been the ones that were able to make great strategic partnerships, beyond just the right investors. 


On what is needed for MENA startup ecosystem to develop…

More investors need to get involved at an early stage. We need more early stage investment for startups. These tend to be riskier bets for investors but such types of investments are part of the growth we see in places like Silicon Valley.


On the Step Conference this year…

One of the sessions this year was about thinking global and moving beyond region. From the brand, to product offering. The importance of scaling global and thinking global begins from the start.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about 360VUZ.

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Show Takeaways:


On the MENA startup ecosystem’s entrepreneurs…

Startups that succeed in this region have been the ones that were able to make great strategic partnerships, beyond just the right investors. 


On what is needed for MENA startup ecosystem to develop…

More investors need to get involved at an early stage. We need more early stage investment for startups. These tend to be riskier bets for investors but such types of investments are part of the growth we see in places like Silicon Valley.


On the Step Conference this year…

One of the sessions this year was about thinking global and moving beyond region. From the brand, to product offering. The importance of scaling global and thinking global begins from the start.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about 360VUZ.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Tarek Ghobar, 1776]]> Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:07:00 GMT 5:53 5ac59387f3521bc019027815 no full Show Takeaways:


On the MENA startup ecosystem’s entrepreneurs…

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared before going out to raise funds. They need to be educated about the metrics that matter and the importance of repeating customers – there is no lack of funds for good ideas with the right metrics.


On what is needed for the MENA startup ecosystem investor community…

A mindset shift is required – investors need to take risks in this region. There tends to be a focus only on later stage investments and safer bets; for the ecosystem to further develop they need to make investments at the earlier stage (pre-seed and seed stages).


On the Step Conference…

It’s more than entrepreneurs and investors. One can find audience/customers and corporates, not just the ecosystem traditional players, but the fact it’s open to all types of people as well, to network and even find co-founders.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about 1776.

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Show Takeaways:


On the MENA startup ecosystem’s entrepreneurs…

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared before going out to raise funds. They need to be educated about the metrics that matter and the importance of repeating customers – there is no lack of funds for good ideas with the right metrics.


On what is needed for the MENA startup ecosystem investor community…

A mindset shift is required – investors need to take risks in this region. There tends to be a focus only on later stage investments and safer bets; for the ecosystem to further develop they need to make investments at the earlier stage (pre-seed and seed stages).


On the Step Conference…

It’s more than entrepreneurs and investors. One can find audience/customers and corporates, not just the ecosystem traditional players, but the fact it’s open to all types of people as well, to network and even find co-founders.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about 1776.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Vijay Tirathrai, Techstars Dubai]]> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:45:00 GMT 5:05 5ac4181b8ae05d610995bea9 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

We’ve seen the MENA region growing aggressively from all fronts, hence the reason why Techstars decided to recently launch Techstars Dubai in the region.


On the increased deal flows in the MENA startup ecosystem…

The startups involved in these deal flow appear to be within hot industries that align with the government’s vision for the future. There is a lot of demand for their market solutions from consumers as well as investors.


On the Step Conference…

As a newcomer to the MENA startup ecosystem, Vijay was able to make new connections and get a pulse of the MENA startup ecosystem at the Step Conference.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Techstars Dubai.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

We’ve seen the MENA region growing aggressively from all fronts, hence the reason why Techstars decided to recently launch Techstars Dubai in the region.


On the increased deal flows in the MENA startup ecosystem…

The startups involved in these deal flow appear to be within hot industries that align with the government’s vision for the future. There is a lot of demand for their market solutions from consumers as well as investors.


On the Step Conference…

As a newcomer to the MENA startup ecosystem, Vijay was able to make new connections and get a pulse of the MENA startup ecosystem at the Step Conference.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Techstars Dubai.

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<![CDATA[STEP2018 - Aya Sadder, Intelak]]> Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:10:00 GMT 5:21 5ac41326d7ced80e3532f929 no full Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

There has been a development in the type of ideas that are coming out of startups coming from startups. The market is maturing more and there are more thought leaders entering the regional ecosystem. There is a great mix of local and international thought leaders.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

Dubai’s potential in becoming a ‘brain port’ where many international thought leaders will be living in Dubai and these thought leaders will be exporting their ideas to nearby countries and neighboring markets.


On challenges that companies might face with new disruptive technologies…

People need to accept the innovative solutions on the way and how the job landscape will completely revolutionize the markets. It’s important for leaders to be in tune with new technologies and innovations.


On the Step Conference…

Startups need to come into such events with zero expectations, but they should take a chance to network with Venture Capitalists, Private Equity players, other entrepreneurs and startups and see what comes from all the networking.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Intelak Incubator.

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Show Takeaways:


On how the MENA startup ecosystem has evolved over the last few years…

There has been a development in the type of ideas that are coming out of startups coming from startups. The market is maturing more and there are more thought leaders entering the regional ecosystem. There is a great mix of local and international thought leaders.


On where the MENA startup ecosystem is heading next and the challenges they face…

Dubai’s potential in becoming a ‘brain port’ where many international thought leaders will be living in Dubai and these thought leaders will be exporting their ideas to nearby countries and neighboring markets.


On challenges that companies might face with new disruptive technologies…

People need to accept the innovative solutions on the way and how the job landscape will completely revolutionize the markets. It’s important for leaders to be in tune with new technologies and innovations.


On the Step Conference…

Startups need to come into such events with zero expectations, but they should take a chance to network with Venture Capitalists, Private Equity players, other entrepreneurs and startups and see what comes from all the networking.


Check out more episodes from the 2018 Step Conference Series and learn more about Intelak Incubator.

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<![CDATA[Ep011 - Rana Nawas, When Women Win]]> Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:58:07 GMT 50:23 5abfcc2f76380bf04c806d70 no full 1 11 Rana Nawas is a published writer, corporate warrior and sought-after speaker on a mission to inspire women of all backgrounds to shine. Born in England to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Rana grew up like many Western-educated Arabs facing the dichotomy of liberal and traditional values.


Rana’s education at Oxford University and Harvard Business School gave her a strong foundation to solve problems and negotiate effectively, but nothing could have prepared her for the tough reality that women face as they rise through the corporate world.


Over the course of her 17-year corporate career spanning McKinsey & Company’s London Office, the Dubai Government and GE Capital, Rana has pioneered new markets, launched new products, led diverse and sometimes virtual teams, won business all over the world and developed strong relationships. She also led the charge in rewriting corporate policies that impact women, championed pay parity and helped women rise in their professional and personal lives.


Rana is a mother of two and a wife of one, she is the creator and host of the podcast When Women Win, sharing inspirational stories and tools that boss ladies from all walks of life have used along their journeys, and is the chapter president of Ellevate, a global organization that brings professional women together.


Rana has been featured in the press, on TV and on radio. She has spoken in front of diverse audiences on a variety of topics, and has been labelled a “thought-provoking”, “fact-driven” and “inspiring” speaker.


You can keep up with the latest from Rana on her website at RanaNawas.com.


Enjoy the show!

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Rana Nawas is a published writer, corporate warrior and sought-after speaker on a mission to inspire women of all backgrounds to shine. Born in England to a Palestinian father and Lebanese mother, Rana grew up like many Western-educated Arabs facing the dichotomy of liberal and traditional values.


Rana’s education at Oxford University and Harvard Business School gave her a strong foundation to solve problems and negotiate effectively, but nothing could have prepared her for the tough reality that women face as they rise through the corporate world.


Over the course of her 17-year corporate career spanning McKinsey & Company’s London Office, the Dubai Government and GE Capital, Rana has pioneered new markets, launched new products, led diverse and sometimes virtual teams, won business all over the world and developed strong relationships. She also led the charge in rewriting corporate policies that impact women, championed pay parity and helped women rise in their professional and personal lives.


Rana is a mother of two and a wife of one, she is the creator and host of the podcast When Women Win, sharing inspirational stories and tools that boss ladies from all walks of life have used along their journeys, and is the chapter president of Ellevate, a global organization that brings professional women together.


Rana has been featured in the press, on TV and on radio. She has spoken in front of diverse audiences on a variety of topics, and has been labelled a “thought-provoking”, “fact-driven” and “inspiring” speaker.


You can keep up with the latest from Rana on her website at RanaNawas.com.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep010 - Philip Bahoshy, MAGNiTT]]> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 02:55:00 GMT 59:28 5ab3553dadd0948638081342 no full 1 10 Philip Bahoshy is the Founder of MAGNiTT, an online platform that connects MENA entrepreneurs, startups and investors and offers access to extensive research, analytics and insights from across the region.


He was raised in the UK with Iraqi origins, Philip obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2013 and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.


During his time in Dubai, Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearly three years at Barclays Wealth working as Chief of Staff to the CEO advising on strategic initiatives.

Philip has lived in the UAE for more than nine years and is passionate about developing the MENA startup ecosystem.


Listen to learn more about his experiences and how MAGNiTT has evolved over the years to become the gateway for the MENA Startup Ecosystem.




Show Notes:


  • 1:30 – Growing up in the UK.
  • 02:00 – His time at Oliver Wyman in 2007.
  • 02:30 – His first exposure to the Middle East.
  • 03:00 – Transitioning to Barclay’s Wealth.
  • 03:30 – His travels during his MBA experience.
  • 04:00 – His experience as a “Chief of Staff”
  • 06:15 – Learning how to actually implement strategies and honing his skillset.
  • 07:30 – The importance of learning to present the message.
  • 08:30 – How his MBA helped him refine the hustle.
  • 09:00 – How a startup bootcamp acted as a catalyst for him to pursue his startup ventures.
  • 10:15 – The surprising number of responses he received from Alumni for his idea validation.
  • 11:30 – The first version of MAGNiTT
  • 12:00 – Pivoting MAGNiTT’s value proposition to becoming a data-driven platform.
  • 13:15 – MAGNiTT’s business model.
  • 14:15 – Building relationships with startups and institutions.
  • 14:45 – The variables that make up MAGNiTT’s analytics offering.
  • 15:30 – MAGNiTT’s application offering for reduce the barriers of entry for startups to apply to institutions.
  • 17:00 – The larger vision for what MAGNiTT is trying to create.
  • 18:00 – Trends that have occurred over the last couple years in the MENA startup ecosystem.
  • 20:15 – The potential next wave of startup solutions.
  • 22:00 – The FinTech space and solving pain points.
  • 24:15 – Challenges that MENA startups face.
  • 25:45 – How the challenges can act as opportunities for first movers in markets.
  • 26:45 – Middle East for the World vs. Middle East for the Middle East
  • 30:00 – Views on Regional M&A’s & IPOs
  • 33:00 – The most important characteristic in startup founders.
  • 36:15 – Being able to internalize and listen to feedback is crucial.
  • 37:15 – An undervalued tool for startups to be successful.
  • 39:30 – His Dubai-based mentors and advisory board.
  • 40:45 – The importance of patience.
  • 43:00 – The art of freebies and importance of appreciation.
  • 44:45 – How daily routines change when transitioning to the startup world vs. the corporate.
  • 46:15 – Computer detox day.
  • 46:45 – What Philip’s typical day looks like.
  • 47:45 – His fascination with biographies and the learnings from them.
  • 49:45 – Understanding the hearts and minds through marketing and brand.
  • 50:45 – His dream vision for the Middle East.
  • 52:45 – “Experiment and drive for things outside the norm”
  • 55:15 – How his introduction to entrepreneurship at INSEAD changed his life trajectory.
  • 56:15 – The maturing MENA startup ecosystem.




References


INSEAD – The Business School of the World

Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East by Christopher Schroeder

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Philip Bahoshy is the Founder of MAGNiTT, an online platform that connects MENA entrepreneurs, startups and investors and offers access to extensive research, analytics and insights from across the region.


He was raised in the UK with Iraqi origins, Philip obtained an MBA from INSEAD in 2013 and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.


During his time in Dubai, Philip worked at Oliver Wyman in the Financial Services practice for three years, followed by nearly three years at Barclays Wealth working as Chief of Staff to the CEO advising on strategic initiatives.

Philip has lived in the UAE for more than nine years and is passionate about developing the MENA startup ecosystem.


Listen to learn more about his experiences and how MAGNiTT has evolved over the years to become the gateway for the MENA Startup Ecosystem.




Show Notes:


  • 1:30 – Growing up in the UK.
  • 02:00 – His time at Oliver Wyman in 2007.
  • 02:30 – His first exposure to the Middle East.
  • 03:00 – Transitioning to Barclay’s Wealth.
  • 03:30 – His travels during his MBA experience.
  • 04:00 – His experience as a “Chief of Staff”
  • 06:15 – Learning how to actually implement strategies and honing his skillset.
  • 07:30 – The importance of learning to present the message.
  • 08:30 – How his MBA helped him refine the hustle.
  • 09:00 – How a startup bootcamp acted as a catalyst for him to pursue his startup ventures.
  • 10:15 – The surprising number of responses he received from Alumni for his idea validation.
  • 11:30 – The first version of MAGNiTT
  • 12:00 – Pivoting MAGNiTT’s value proposition to becoming a data-driven platform.
  • 13:15 – MAGNiTT’s business model.
  • 14:15 – Building relationships with startups and institutions.
  • 14:45 – The variables that make up MAGNiTT’s analytics offering.
  • 15:30 – MAGNiTT’s application offering for reduce the barriers of entry for startups to apply to institutions.
  • 17:00 – The larger vision for what MAGNiTT is trying to create.
  • 18:00 – Trends that have occurred over the last couple years in the MENA startup ecosystem.
  • 20:15 – The potential next wave of startup solutions.
  • 22:00 – The FinTech space and solving pain points.
  • 24:15 – Challenges that MENA startups face.
  • 25:45 – How the challenges can act as opportunities for first movers in markets.
  • 26:45 – Middle East for the World vs. Middle East for the Middle East
  • 30:00 – Views on Regional M&A’s & IPOs
  • 33:00 – The most important characteristic in startup founders.
  • 36:15 – Being able to internalize and listen to feedback is crucial.
  • 37:15 – An undervalued tool for startups to be successful.
  • 39:30 – His Dubai-based mentors and advisory board.
  • 40:45 – The importance of patience.
  • 43:00 – The art of freebies and importance of appreciation.
  • 44:45 – How daily routines change when transitioning to the startup world vs. the corporate.
  • 46:15 – Computer detox day.
  • 46:45 – What Philip’s typical day looks like.
  • 47:45 – His fascination with biographies and the learnings from them.
  • 49:45 – Understanding the hearts and minds through marketing and brand.
  • 50:45 – His dream vision for the Middle East.
  • 52:45 – “Experiment and drive for things outside the norm”
  • 55:15 – How his introduction to entrepreneurship at INSEAD changed his life trajectory.
  • 56:15 – The maturing MENA startup ecosystem.




References


INSEAD – The Business School of the World

Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East by Christopher Schroeder

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<![CDATA[Ep009 - Olivia Manner & Ahmed Al Akber, HelloChef]]> Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:00:00 GMT 57:20 5aafe07393792318416cd8ff no full 1 9 Olivia Manner is the Founder & Managing Director of HelloChef, a meal delivery service that sends tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door, making it easy to cook a delicious meal at home. Prior to launching HelloChef, Olivia had a successful 10-year career at IBM and E&Y. Olivia is passionate about creating a space where families can gather around the table to enjoy a delicious homemade meal while connecting and creating special memories.


Ahmed Al Akber is the CEO of HelloChef and takes the lead on strategy implementation and marketing, helping to grow and scale the business. Ahmed is a dynamic leader that loves to create ways to provide more value for HelloChef’s customers so they can save time, money, and eat amazing meals by using the service. Ahmed is also a published author and had a successful 15-year career as marketing professional prior to joining HelloChef full-time.


Enjoy the show!

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Olivia Manner is the Founder & Managing Director of HelloChef, a meal delivery service that sends tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door, making it easy to cook a delicious meal at home. Prior to launching HelloChef, Olivia had a successful 10-year career at IBM and E&Y. Olivia is passionate about creating a space where families can gather around the table to enjoy a delicious homemade meal while connecting and creating special memories.


Ahmed Al Akber is the CEO of HelloChef and takes the lead on strategy implementation and marketing, helping to grow and scale the business. Ahmed is a dynamic leader that loves to create ways to provide more value for HelloChef’s customers so they can save time, money, and eat amazing meals by using the service. Ahmed is also a published author and had a successful 15-year career as marketing professional prior to joining HelloChef full-time.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep008 - Ray Dargham, Step Group]]> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:30:00 GMT 50:14 5aa7bf9d68aa6ef64b8a5325 no full 1 8 Ray Dargham, an ambitious entrepreneur straight out of university is known for founding the Step Group behind the popular Step Conference as well as many other media properties such as Stepfeed,  YallaFeed and Arab Vines to name a few.


He is also the co-founder and a partner at Spider Frogs, a future technology consultancy agency working with corporations.


Listen to learn more about how he started his venture and his bold vision for where Step is going next!

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Ray Dargham, an ambitious entrepreneur straight out of university is known for founding the Step Group behind the popular Step Conference as well as many other media properties such as Stepfeed,  YallaFeed and Arab Vines to name a few.


He is also the co-founder and a partner at Spider Frogs, a future technology consultancy agency working with corporations.


Listen to learn more about how he started his venture and his bold vision for where Step is going next!

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<![CDATA[Ep007 - Shezan Amiji, Beam Wallet]]> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 04:13:00 GMT 57:56 5a9f86c85387c19610b62705 no full 1 7 As Co-Founder of Beam Wallet, Shezan Amiji is looking to the future of payment solutions with an interest in the potential of blockchain.


His first successful entrepreneurial venture began with 7 Days, the UAE's first free tabloid newspaper. After successfully exiting this venture, he pursued another venture in sustainability and green technologies before starting up Beam Wallet, the popular mobile payment and wallet application. Beam Wallet came into existence well before the "Fintech" buzzword had caught on.


Lately, Shezan has been fascinated with the potential of blockchain technology and sees many opportunities for incumbents and newcomers who embrace the technology into future solutions.


Listen to learn more about his journey and where he sees it all going.


Enjoy the show!

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As Co-Founder of Beam Wallet, Shezan Amiji is looking to the future of payment solutions with an interest in the potential of blockchain.


His first successful entrepreneurial venture began with 7 Days, the UAE's first free tabloid newspaper. After successfully exiting this venture, he pursued another venture in sustainability and green technologies before starting up Beam Wallet, the popular mobile payment and wallet application. Beam Wallet came into existence well before the "Fintech" buzzword had caught on.


Lately, Shezan has been fascinated with the potential of blockchain technology and sees many opportunities for incumbents and newcomers who embrace the technology into future solutions.


Listen to learn more about his journey and where he sees it all going.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep006 - Tatiana Antonelli, Goumbook]]> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT 57:19 5a96405bad0ff86457bc4d27 no full 1 6 Tatiana Antonelli Abella is the founder and managing director of Goumbook, a Social Enterprise dedicated to raising awareness among the local community on Sustainability and Green Living: launched in 2009 it was the first green information resource for the MENA region. Today Goumbook manages different projects such as Sustainable Mena, a green directory dedicated to promote green products and services in the region; the Give a Ghaf Tree Planting Program, the only tree planting initiative of the GCC with over 30,000 seeds planted in the past 5 years, and the Drop It & Drop It Youth campaign to help businesses and individuals stop using single-use plastic. Tatiana is actively involved in the green arena and is considered one of UAE’s top Environmental Influencers.


Enjoy the show!

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Tatiana Antonelli Abella is the founder and managing director of Goumbook, a Social Enterprise dedicated to raising awareness among the local community on Sustainability and Green Living: launched in 2009 it was the first green information resource for the MENA region. Today Goumbook manages different projects such as Sustainable Mena, a green directory dedicated to promote green products and services in the region; the Give a Ghaf Tree Planting Program, the only tree planting initiative of the GCC with over 30,000 seeds planted in the past 5 years, and the Drop It & Drop It Youth campaign to help businesses and individuals stop using single-use plastic. Tatiana is actively involved in the green arena and is considered one of UAE’s top Environmental Influencers.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep005 - Craig Moore, Beehive]]> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 01:00:00 GMT 1:08:48 5a8a76096d13d37d267efcfd no full 1 5 As Founder and CEO of Beehive, Craig Moore is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and managing the day to day operations of Beehive.


Before founding Beehive, Craig was a Founder & COO of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012.


Prior to Butterfly his experience included various sales, consulting and finance roles at various multinational companies such as Dell, EMC, Hitachi and HSBC with an emphasis on shaping effective go to market and value propositions.


Enjoy the show!

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As Founder and CEO of Beehive, Craig Moore is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and managing the day to day operations of Beehive.


Before founding Beehive, Craig was a Founder & COO of Butterfly Software, a data analytics and migration software company acquired by IBM in September 2012.


Prior to Butterfly his experience included various sales, consulting and finance roles at various multinational companies such as Dell, EMC, Hitachi and HSBC with an emphasis on shaping effective go to market and value propositions.


Enjoy the show!

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<![CDATA[Ep004 - Isobel Abulhoul, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature]]> Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:48:25 GMT 35:38 5a83da9ef4f8345217d35ef5 no full 1 4 Isobel was born and educated in Cambridge and came to Dubai in 1968 which has been her home ever since.


Isobel taught at the Dubai Infants School for several years before her involvement in setting up Al Ittehad Private School and soon after co-founding Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975.


In addition to Magrudy’s, Isobel actively set about publishing children’s books in Arabic and English that have relevance to children from, and living in, the region. Together with the support of the Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation, Isobel initiated a new reading and teaching scheme in Arabic, called Bustan Al Qusas, which empowered teachers to write and use their own stories.


In 2008 Isobel founded and is Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and, above all else, reading. The Festival won the Best Festival title at the Middle East Event Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 was declared Best Family Friendly Day Out at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards.


Awarded the Cultural Personality of the Year by Dr HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah in 2010, an OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 2012, Cultural Icon of UAE by The 3rd Petrochem GR8! Women Awards-Middle East 2013, one of the Watani Humanitarian Awards in 2013 and more recently, the Al Owais Cultural Award 2014 and the Time Out Kids Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Award, Isobel has received official recognition for her tireless campaign to improve literacy and a love of books, particularly for children.


In May 2013 and 2014, Middle East Business selected Isobel as one of the most influential Brits and the most inspirational woman living in the UAE. She was also selected at the 2015 Femina Middle East Awards ceremony as an ‘Unstoppable Woman’.


On the eve of the 2013 Festival, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also the Festival patron, issued a Decree forming the Emirates Literature Foundation, naming Isobel as one of the trustees on the Board. In addition, Isobel also holds the position of CEO of the Foundation.


Isobel was appointed a Trustee for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014, the premier prize for novelists in Arabic.


As the co-host of ‘Talking of Books’, broadcast weekly on Dubai Eye 103.8 FM, Isobel has now found an enjoyable way to spend Saturday mornings discussing the latest titles and interviewing authors from around the world.


Enjoy the show! 

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Isobel was born and educated in Cambridge and came to Dubai in 1968 which has been her home ever since.


Isobel taught at the Dubai Infants School for several years before her involvement in setting up Al Ittehad Private School and soon after co-founding Magrudy’s, a bookshop chain, in 1975.


In addition to Magrudy’s, Isobel actively set about publishing children’s books in Arabic and English that have relevance to children from, and living in, the region. Together with the support of the Mohammed Bin Rashid al Maktoum Foundation, Isobel initiated a new reading and teaching scheme in Arabic, called Bustan Al Qusas, which empowered teachers to write and use their own stories.


In 2008 Isobel founded and is Director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word, bringing people of all ages together with authors from across the world to promote education, debate and, above all else, reading. The Festival won the Best Festival title at the Middle East Event Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 was declared Best Family Friendly Day Out at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards.


Awarded the Cultural Personality of the Year by Dr HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah in 2010, an OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 2012, Cultural Icon of UAE by The 3rd Petrochem GR8! Women Awards-Middle East 2013, one of the Watani Humanitarian Awards in 2013 and more recently, the Al Owais Cultural Award 2014 and the Time Out Kids Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Award, Isobel has received official recognition for her tireless campaign to improve literacy and a love of books, particularly for children.


In May 2013 and 2014, Middle East Business selected Isobel as one of the most influential Brits and the most inspirational woman living in the UAE. She was also selected at the 2015 Femina Middle East Awards ceremony as an ‘Unstoppable Woman’.


On the eve of the 2013 Festival, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, The Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and also the Festival patron, issued a Decree forming the Emirates Literature Foundation, naming Isobel as one of the trustees on the Board. In addition, Isobel also holds the position of CEO of the Foundation.


Isobel was appointed a Trustee for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014, the premier prize for novelists in Arabic.


As the co-host of ‘Talking of Books’, broadcast weekly on Dubai Eye 103.8 FM, Isobel has now found an enjoyable way to spend Saturday mornings discussing the latest titles and interviewing authors from around the world.


Enjoy the show! 

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<![CDATA[Ep003 - Jean-Michel Gauthier, InternsME]]> Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:51:30 GMT 51:41 no full 1 3 Jean-Michel Gauthier is the CEO of InternsME.com, an online platform that connects students & fresh graduates with top employers for internships, traineeships and entry-level job opportunities. He is actively driving the growth of the company, which has attracted thousands of registered candidates and employers.


In 2015, InternsME was ranked amongst the top 100 SMEs in Dubai and recognized in the top 3 most innovative SMEs. In 2016, InternsME was awarded “Digital Startup of the Year” by Entrepreneur magazine. The company is now active throughout the GCC and planning further expansion and product launches in 2018.


Jean also manages Eternal Venture’s fund which has made 3 portfolio investments within its first year of operation. He has assessed hundreds of business plans and market opportunities.


Jean was educated in the UAE, followed by a Masters degree from Kings College in London. He founded his first startup in 2007 and successfully launched the world’s fastest PC in the UAE. He has since worked in a number of multinational organizations and in late 2013, structured a shareholder exit of his family retail & wholesale business. His specialties include entrepreneurship, innovation, digital startups, employment & recruitment, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, team management and growth strategy.


Enjoy the show!

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Jean-Michel Gauthier is the CEO of InternsME.com, an online platform that connects students & fresh graduates with top employers for internships, traineeships and entry-level job opportunities. He is actively driving the growth of the company, which has attracted thousands of registered candidates and employers.


In 2015, InternsME was ranked amongst the top 100 SMEs in Dubai and recognized in the top 3 most innovative SMEs. In 2016, InternsME was awarded “Digital Startup of the Year” by Entrepreneur magazine. The company is now active throughout the GCC and planning further expansion and product launches in 2018.


Jean also manages Eternal Venture’s fund which has made 3 portfolio investments within its first year of operation. He has assessed hundreds of business plans and market opportunities.


Jean was educated in the UAE, followed by a Masters degree from Kings College in London. He founded his first startup in 2007 and successfully launched the world’s fastest PC in the UAE. He has since worked in a number of multinational organizations and in late 2013, structured a shareholder exit of his family retail & wholesale business. His specialties include entrepreneurship, innovation, digital startups, employment & recruitment, healthcare & pharmaceuticals, team management and growth strategy.


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<![CDATA[Ep002 - Amel Murphy, Sustain Leadership]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:45:40 GMT 55:41 no full 1 2 Amel Murphy is the Co-Founder and Director of Sustain Leadership, which is a boutique Leadership, Change and Innovation consulting firm. Her clients include FTSE100 companies, Public Sector Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs. Before building her own consulting business, Amel had an 18 year career working for large multinationals, with 8 years of experience as an Executive in the O&G industry.


In this episode, Amel shares a powerful story about how she experienced a very tough time of uncertainty in her life and how she broke through to start fresh with a new vision of what success looks like, both professionally and personally.


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Amel Murphy is the Co-Founder and Director of Sustain Leadership, which is a boutique Leadership, Change and Innovation consulting firm. Her clients include FTSE100 companies, Public Sector Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs. Before building her own consulting business, Amel had an 18 year career working for large multinationals, with 8 years of experience as an Executive in the O&G industry.


In this episode, Amel shares a powerful story about how she experienced a very tough time of uncertainty in her life and how she broke through to start fresh with a new vision of what success looks like, both professionally and personally.


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<![CDATA[Ep001 - Jad Halaoui, Washmen]]> Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:35:38 GMT 47:40 no full 1 1 Jad Halaoui is the Chief Operating Officer of Washmen, which is the UAE’s fastest-growing DryCleaning and Laundry business. He has successfully transitioned from a promising career as an engineer in the oil & gas sector to building a thriving startup based in Dubai.


Jad is a passionate guy who gets right to the point and helps us explore how to effectively bootstrap your way to growth. In this episode, Jad shares how his social network and community around him helped to propel him to entrepreneurial success.


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Jad Halaoui is the Chief Operating Officer of Washmen, which is the UAE’s fastest-growing DryCleaning and Laundry business. He has successfully transitioned from a promising career as an engineer in the oil & gas sector to building a thriving startup based in Dubai.


Jad is a passionate guy who gets right to the point and helps us explore how to effectively bootstrap your way to growth. In this episode, Jad shares how his social network and community around him helped to propel him to entrepreneurial success.


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