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A show that explores the world of founders; their disappointments, their wins, their personal lives, and how they deal with adversity.

Host Yasmeen Turayhi interviews startup founders and entrepreneurs in emerging markets in 1:1 conversations where the audience will learn about some of the biggest lessons these founders learned on their journey from the personal to the professional and share how they keep themselves motivated.

The Middle East was built on the foundation of commerce and sales and the spirit of entrepreneurship pulsates through the veins of the region. These founders have a unique lens about what it takes to build and grow a company in the Middle East and North Africa. Oftentimes, these founders have found ways to deliver on the promise of their product within an early or non-existent ecosystem. In some cases, they had to build both the product and the ecosystem.

Yasmeen Turayhi is a product marketing expert in Silicon Valley and Board member of TechWadi, the leading non-profit organization building bridges between Silicon Valley and the Middle East and North Africa region.

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A show that explores the world of founders; their disappointments, their wins, their personal lives, and how they deal with adversity.

Host Yasmeen Turayhi interviews startup founders and entrepreneurs in emerging markets in 1:1 conversations where the audience will learn about some of the biggest lessons these founders learned on their journey from the personal to the professional and share how they keep themselves motivated.

The Middle East was built on the foundation of commerce and sales and the spirit of entrepreneurship pulsates through the veins of the region. These founders have a unique lens about what it takes to build and grow a company in the Middle East and North Africa. Oftentimes, these founders have found ways to deliver on the promise of their product within an early or non-existent ecosystem. In some cases, they had to build both the product and the ecosystem.

Yasmeen Turayhi is a product marketing expert in Silicon Valley and Board member of TechWadi, the leading non-profit organization building bridges between Silicon Valley and the Middle East and North Africa region.

    How to build a world-class wellness and health company with Vivoo founder Miray Tayfun

    How to build a world-class wellness and health company with Vivoo founder Miray Tayfun

    Today’s episode is with Miray Tayfun the co-founder and the CEO of Vivoo, an application based on urine data that delivers personal advice to the individual for a healthier lifestyle.

    Miray graduated from Stanford postgraduate programs specializing in Go-to-Market Strategies as well as Diet and Gene Expression. Miray has previously founded companies in medical diagnostics, smart homes and smart co-living spaces.

    Vivoo is the first at-home wellness tracker that uses urine to provide personalized insights and recommendations unique to the user's body while helping them track their hydration, pH, ketones, kidney & liver functions and so much more!

    It takes just 2 minutes to take a test and get your results instantly in your home, through your mobile app.

    We talk about the following and so much more:

    ✅ Vivoo’s value proposition and why she started the company
    ✅ Her investment journey with Tim Draper and other well-known investors in Silicon Valley
    ✅ Vivoo’s competitive advantage
    ✅ How the company changed from the version 1 to where it is today
    ✅ Her favorite book recommendations

    Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa!

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    An accelerator for female led startups leading the world of sustainability and impact

    An accelerator for female led startups leading the world of sustainability and impact

    Today’s episode is with Katie Wachsberger, a co-founder of DANA, an Abu Dhabi based accelerator and funding platform for women-led startups in desert tech, including the sectors of agritech, foodtech, water solutions, renewable energy, circular economy, and waste management.

    DANA offers startups a tailor made program, including hands-on mentorship, business model construction, proof of concept and feasibility testing at DANA beta sites, corporate design partnerships, AI implementation with Microsoft, go-to-market in MENA and India, and seed funding.

    She is passionate about the incredible technology already embedded in the way our natural environment functions, and believes in the endless capabilities of female founders.

    We spoke about the following and so much more:
    ✅ How she and her co-founders started DANA, and why the accelerator is named DANA
    ✅ Some of the companies in DANA’s portfolio which include industries like desert tech, agritech, foodtech, water solutions, renewable energy, circular economy, and waste management.
    ✅ Why she and her co-founders believed in offering funding as well as mentorship and skills
    ✅ How she deals with adversity and keeps moving forward
    ✅ How the pandemic shaped their business

    Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa!

    Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

    Building an online classified company in Kuwait, with Tarek Sakr

    Building an online classified company in Kuwait, with Tarek Sakr

    Today’s episode is with Tarek Sakr, a seasoned CEO and tech entrepreneur with a proven track record of innovation, disruption and changing the status quo across the region.

    After a successful career in finance, Tarek followed his passion for tech and successfully founded and grew the top 2 online marketplaces in Kuwait, Q8Car and 4Sale.

    4Sale is the leading online classifieds platform in Kuwait, where over a million monthly active users connect to buy and sell anything. 4Sale is available on the web, Google Play and App Store.

    We talk about:

    ✅ How he started his business when the technology and startup ecosystem in the Middle East was almost non-existent
    ✅ Why he decided to build his first business in Kuwait
    ✅ What motivates him to continue even in the face of challenges and adversity
    ✅ Why he did not take funding, and instead choose to focus on building his product and offering
    ✅ How the pandemic impacted his business
    ✅ Why HR and Hiring is the most important focus point for him now

    Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa!

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    Creating a global solution for deskless workers, with Rami Darwish of Arrow Labs

    Creating a global solution for deskless workers, with Rami Darwish of Arrow Labs

    Today’s episode is with Rami Darwish, the CEO and Founder of Arrow Labs. Rami is a technology industry veteran, who has 20 years experience in the sector. Before founding Arrow Labs in 2011, Rami held key technical and business roles in leading global technology corporations Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard and Daon.

    Arrow Labs provides a solution to make deskless work simpler, better and more productive for frontline workers. Their  flagship SaaS solution – called MIMS - connects workers to the back office from the field and orchestrates daily workflows and tasks to be executed with simplicity.

    Arrow Labs’ technology makes remote workers (and companies) more efficient - dispelling the notion that technology threatens non-office jobs.

    We dive into the following and so much more:

    ✅Rami’s reason for creating Arrow Labs in 2011
    ✅How he navigated the pandemic with Arrow Labs
    ✅How he bootstrapped the company, and then went on to raise two rounds of funding
    ✅His focus on growing in a global market, beyond just EMEA
    ✅What he sacrificed to start the company, and how he deals with challenges
    ✅ A book that he recommends every founder reads

    Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa!

    The future of finance for women in Pakistan with Oraan founder, Halima Iqbal

    The future of finance for women in Pakistan with Oraan founder, Halima Iqbal

    Today’s episode is with Halima Iqbal, the CEO and founder at Oraan, a financial company that helps women access financial services.

    A former investment banker and consultant with 8 years of experience, Halima moved back to Pakistan in 2017 after a decade in North America with a drive to make finance inclusive and simple for the underserved millions. She is the only female executive in the Pakistan Fintech Association.

    Along with her finance background she is a certified chef and co-founded Mealsurfers (food-tech) which was acquired in 2016.

    We dive into the following:

    - Why she created Oraan after her initial inability to create a bank account in Pakistan
    - Her flagship product, Committees and how it works
    - What it is really like to be a founder, and how to deal with challenges
    - How she navigated the fundraising journey and the advice she would tell new founders
    - How her team navigated through the pandemic

    Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa!

    Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

    The future of edtech is infinite with Lamsa founder, Badr Ward

    The future of edtech is infinite with Lamsa founder, Badr Ward

    Today’s episode is with the prolific Badr Ward, the instigator of the Edtech industry for Children across the Middle East and North Africa, and the founder of Lamsa.

    Led by the latest in Early Childhood Development (ECD) research & Education Technology, Lamsa is the essential learning companion in every child's developmental years, laying the foundation for lifelong development and success, in the years that really matter.

    On account of his vast and diverse knowledge, Ward was selected by the World Economic Forum as a member of the Global Future Council and serves as an Advisory Board Member at the Emirates College of Technology.

    We talk about the following and so much more
    ✅ How his early years in the Montessori school system shaped his perspective on early education
    ✅ His decision to build Lamsa and his product development journey
    ✅ How he creates feedback loops with both customers: the parent and the child
    ✅ His top takeaways and advice on how he stays motivated and aligned - this is one you don’t want to miss!

    Stay tuned for upcoming episodes with startup founders in the Middle East and North Africa!

    Please tag us and tell us what you learned. We’d greatly appreciate a review if you are enjoying these conversations.

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