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If you are looking to start a new business in Dubai, or are looking for information on how to grow your startup, this podcast is for you! Join us on our journey as we build our own startup, Ejarcar.com in Dubai, and hear success stories from established entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Startup Hustle Middle East is a weekly podcast, hosted by Siddharth and Mamta Varerkar. This podcast will cover topics like how to build a lean startup growth-hacking tips to market your product and we will i ...
 
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In this episode we catch up with the CEO of Ureed, the largest freelancer marketplace in the GCC. We discuss things like customer acquisition, building Ureed from scratch, raising funding from WAMDA capital and acquiring nabbesh.comFind out more about ureed here : https://ureed.com/Ureed.com functions as an online platform that connects employers w…
 
What is hustle culture? How is it different from having a great work ethic? When did being a workaholic become a badge of honour? 'Hustle culture is pervasive, and is increasingly becoming popular and a benchmark for best practice in many workplaces. But again, it’s nowhere near as great as it’s made out to be.' (Timothy Ramos, runrun.it blog) In t…
 
In this episode, we catch up with Hamza Khan, founder of the Letswork app that allows you to work from wherever you want! Access 40+ co-working spaces, hotels, cafés, and warehouses across the UAE with a single membership. We discuss with him the situation pre and post COVID, and how they have managed to keep their business alive by changing their …
 
In this episode, we talk to Abdullah Mutawi who is the chairman of the Dubai Angel investors.Abdullah is a lawyer with more than 20 years' experience in corporate finance, M&A and venture capital with a deep focus on technology transactions and helping clients navigate complex shareholder, management, and corporate governance issues. Abdullah has a…
 
As a podcast we are seeking to cover not just startups and entrepreneurs from the UAE, but the Middle East, so we were excited to interview Mohammed Aldossary, co-founder & CEO of Sary (a B2B ecommerce marketplace from Saudi Arabia) that has managed to raise USD 6.6 Million in Series A funding, during these unprecedented times. Ben Harburg, the Man…
 
EMKWAN is an award winning Reviewer and Vlogger focusing on Technology and Lifestyle. Broadcasting weekly from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Check out Emkwans Youtube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/user/avorahtv/ The name 'EMKWAN' is an online pseudonym, built up while creating and producing content online and being active on social media. EMKWAN combine…
 
Recently formed Dubai and Riyadh-based Nuwa Capital aims to redefine the relationship between founders and capital by providing a progressive founder centric approach to investing in emerging markets. Find out more about NUWA capital and how to apply: https://nuwacapital.io/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebo…
 
We interviewed some of our old friends, Pallavi and Richard Dean. Pallavi is the founder of Roar which is an award winning Interior design studio, and Richard hosts Business breakfast show on Dubai eye and has written two books Sink or Swim - How to Stay Afloat in Tough Economic Times and more recently, Crowd Pleaser - the 100 greatest public speak…
 
Have a listen to our very exciting interview with Hebah Fisher, Co-founder and CEO of Kerning Cultures Network, which currently produces several podcasts including Kerning cultures and Al empire. Podcasting is media's next growth market, and Kerning cultures is on a mission to building the premier Middle East podcast network. Kerning cultures is al…
 
We had a chance to catch up with Saeed Alnofeli, Programs manager at Sheraa at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship festival 2019. Saeed told us about how Sheraa is actively involved in supporting the startup ecosystem from idea stage all the way to series funding stage.With 7000+ community members, and more than 72 graduated startups,Sheraa aims to cultiv…
 
We had a chance to speak to Dr. Corrie Block, leading business strategist, Director of Xische & Co, Professor of Strategic Management at Monarch Business School, and certified NLP Executive Coach, with over 20 years’ experience working on more than 100 companies. He has founded more than 7 startups in Europe and MENA. He is an International speaker…
 
This year Startup hustle Middle East is a media partner again at Step conference, and we are giving away two tickets to Step conference, taking place on 11th and 12th feb, at Dubai Internet City. All you need to do for a chance to win is, leave us a rating and review wherever you listen to the podcast, screenshot the review, post it as an Instagram…
 
At the Sharjah entrepreneurship festival 2019, we had the chance to catch up with one of the speakers, Jonas Kjellberg, who is one of the co-creators of Skype, a respected lecturer, author, and venture investor. Jonas is currently part of BCG Digital Ventures, a corporate investment and incubation firm. As one of the founding partners of Skype, Jon…
 
Startup Hustle was a media partner in the recent Sharjah Entrepreneurship festival 2019. Aside from some amazing talks and panels, we got to witness 70 startups go head-to-head for a chance to win AED 100,000 for their business. Five startups were shortlisted based on their one minute pitch and competed in the second round. The startups ranged from…
 
Find out how Ahmed Ben Chaibeh leverages Social media to get hundreds of Influencers to talk about his company Aquafun. Links to Aquafun Website: https://aquafun.ae/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aquafunme/ Link to Siddharth Vlogs video about Aquafun: Aquafun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W6uhVjqBNQ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHus…
 
What does a VC 2.0 look like? Arif Saiyad, founder and CEO of ASA ventures, started out with a mere 250 Euros from his dad to exiting several businesses and being involved in more than 100 ventures. ASA Ventures, a VC firm based in the UAE, was started to make compelling ideas happen, and to give founders the tools to best execute their idea - thro…
 
Setting up a business can be challenging, especially trying to understand if you should get a free zone license or a mainland license in the UAE, what the differences are, cost of setting up and the time that this takes. Scott, from Creation Business Consultants tells us about the differences, so startups can get the best start, and can go into bus…
 
We had a chance to talk to Niki Mukhi, the founder of Brapp. in this episode find out how Niki put together a team and built the foundation to bring a new kind of musical social media to the world. Brapp is an app that allows people to collaborate on music and post stylized content on the Brapp app. Check out Brapp here: https://www.brapp.tv/ Follo…
 
We had a chance to talk to Ambareen Musa, CEO and founder of Souqalmal.com, which is one of the top 10 most promising UAE startups by Forbes Middle East. Souqalmal.com is a personal finance and insurance aggregator business started in 2012.It was great to hear her journey in building Souqalmal.com as a sole founder, in a highly regulated industry a…
 
F***up Nights is a global movement and event series that shares stories of professional failure. Each month, in events across the globe, three to four people get up in front of a room full of strangers to share their own professional f***ups. Present in over 318 cities, Startup Hustle got the chance to cover volume 18 of F***up nights (branded Fun …
 
Wisam has a problem with the term ‘entrepreneur’ and all the myths propagated by media about ‘entrepreneurship’. According to him, if you aren’t ready to commit for the long haul, and show up every single day humble and ready to learn, it may not be for you. The focus should be on building your business, making a difference and solving a problem. W…
 
We had the chance to catch up with the force behind Deals in High heels, Briar Prestidge. She is also the CEO and founder of Briar Prestidge International, a high-profile PR and media production agency based in Dubai, London and New York, working with world leaders, top CEOs, government, entertainers and strategists. Briar tells us about her journe…
 
Khalid Shivji is an experienced lawyer with over 13 years of experience. He recently started his own Legal Consultancy AA Consultants to advise Startups in the Middle east. Find out some of the most important things that startups should keep in mind when it comes to legal matters and contracts. Find out more about AA consultants https://www.aa-cons…
 
If you were ever curious about how to create your own TV Show, Paris Norris walks us through his entrepreneurial journey and starting a new TV Show called Guy in Dubai. Check out Guy in Dubai here: https://www.youtube.com/user/paznoz https://www.instagram.com/guyindubai/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.c…
 
We had a very insightful conversation with Muhammad Chbib - the man who has been a CEO to startups that have exited (Sukar.com acquired by Souq), been a founder & CEO on a startup that has generated sales of USD 1 billion in 3 years (tajawal and Almosafer), worked as a consultant for McKinsey and company, and founded two startups of his own, with a…
 
We had the chance to catch up with Marwan, AKA DJ Bliss and discuss his life as a YouTuber, running his own entertainment company and starting his 'remixed' barbershop - Beats and Cuts. This was an interesting interview because DJ Bliss is unlike other entrepreneurs we have interviewed - his personal brand contributes quite a bit to the success of …
 
Shane shin is the Co-Founding Managing Partner at Shorooq Investments, a leading early stage tech-focused VC fund in the MENAT Region. We had the chance to catch up with Shane and discuss what the motivations were behind Shorooq investments backing four startups. These startups are from different industries and were at different stages on their sta…
 
Spencer lodge is a #1 best selling author, one of the top 100 most influential people in Dubai, a fellow podcaster (The Spencer Lodge podcast) - but above all, he's a salesman through and through. Spencer has been a judge for many startup competitions, and he talks to us about how the art of selling is a very important skill for an entrepreneur (or…
 
What does an online reputation management company, a wellness virtual platform and a SaaS products solutions company have in common? They all are part of the in5 community and have very passionate entrepreneurs spearheading them. We had a chance to catch up with Tarik Qahawish from Localyser, Tania Farha from Weltou and Gurpreet Jajj from Illuminat…
 
If you are looking to raise your Series B, it is very important to know what VCs like MEVP look for. Ankit Sarwahi, associate director at MEVP tells us what the revenue, profit and user base numbers should look like at Series B stage. MEVP is a Middle East focused VC firm that invests in innovative companies from the region. We spoke to Ankit at ST…
 
If you are active in the startup ecosystem in the Middle East - you know about Magnitt, a great resource for entrepreneurs and investors in the region. Magnitt is a combination of Crunchbase and Linkedin for the Middle East market. We had a chance to speak with Philip Bahoshy, founder and CEO of Magnitt at STEP conference 2019 about the opportuniti…
 
STEP is one of the largest startup and tech conferences in the UAE, and we had the chance to talk to the man who started it all - Ray Dargham. STEP conference is a startup with a mission push the startup ecosystem forward and Ray has managed to create a successful platform for founders, investors and early adopters. STEP just wrapped up its 7th yea…
 
In this episode, Sid and Mamta speak to one of the most influential people in the Startup ecosystem in the Middle East, Fadi Ghandour, at STEP conference 2019. Fadi talks to us about what it was like to build Aramex more than 37 years ago and tells us about the purpose behind Wamda X, a grant-based programme to encourage entrepreneurs from the regi…
 
In this episode, we talk to Mahmoud, Founder of Mr. Draper, which is the first personalized men's shopping service in the region. Mahmoud takes us through his journey of building the business, and gets real about all the mistakes made when he started out and everything he has learned along the way. For people planning to start a business or working…
 
In this episode, Sid and Mamta talk to Ajinkya, Senior Executive - Investments & Research at ASA Ventures. Ajinkya tells us ten mistakes founders make when pitching to VC Firms. Ajinkya has witnessed several startup pitches, reviewed many decks and has pitched himself so he shares some really invaluable pointers for founders. What do you think are …
 
In this episode, Sid and Mamta interview the founder and CEO of Yalla Pickup, Elie El Tom. Yalla Pickup is the Uber model for Pickup trucks, used by businesses and consumers for easy and hassle-free transportation and moving services. Elie tells us about how he started his journey and shares his learnings and experience of being a founder. You can …
 
Listen to Part two of Sid and Mamta's interview with the co-founder and co-CEO of Joi Gifts, Ritesh Tilani. Joi gifts is the region’s largest e-commerce gifting platform and Ritesh talks to us about his journey that includes consulting, launching a few startups, being a VC and then getting back to being an entrepreneur. In Part 1 we covered the jou…
 
In this episode, Sid and Mamta interview the co-founder and co-CEO of Joi Gifts, Ritesh Tilani. Joi gifts is the region’s largest e-commerce gifting platform and Ritesh talks to us about his journey that includes consulting, launching a few startups, being a VC and then getting back to being an entrepreneur. We had so much to chat about, so this is…
 
In this episode, we discuss what it was like to pitch our startup EjarCar, at Dubai's very own Shark Tank event called The Equity Room organised by Gulf Events. Find out what happened with the pitch and listen in to find out what we thought of the other startup pitches and the experience.You can also watch this episode on YouTube here:https://youtu…
 
Sid and Mamta interview the founder of Digital of Things, the first purpose-built UX Lab in Dubai. Sudipt Shah talks to Startup Hustle Middle East about the importance of usability testing in a multicultural region like the Middle East. Digital of Things marries UX Tech with Psychology to give clients an understanding of what their customer needs.w…
 
Sid and Mamta interview the founder of Digital of Things, the first purpose-built UX Lab in Dubai. Sudipt Shah talks to Startup Hustle Middle East about the importance of usability testing in a multicultural region like the Middle East. Digital of Things marries UX Tech with Psychology to give clients an understanding of what their customer needs.h…
 
Listen to Part 2 of Sid and Mamta's conversation with Raj Kotecha, CEO of The Creative Content Agency and full-time maverick hustler. In this episode, we continue our discussion about content, platforms and Inside-out vs. Outside-in marketing strategy. For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect:www.facebook.com/startuphus…
 
Content is king, and to do content right, that's something else altogether! How should founders navigate all the platforms and formats available and choose the right one for their brand and tribe? In this episode, Sid and Mamta speak to Raj Kotecha, CEO of The Creative Content Agency and full-time maverick hustler, about his journey. We had a lot t…
 
Entrepreneurs and founders are often overwhelmed by digital marketing and don't know where to start! In this episode, Sid and Mamta speak to Che and discuss the mindset needed to put your brand/product out there and some marketing tactics that can help founders.For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect:www.facebook.com/s…
 
There are a lot of podcasts that are great resources (or inspiration) for entrepreneurs. In this episode, Sid and Mamta discuss their favorite startup focused (and some non-startup focused) podcasts that they listen to.If you have podcast recommendations for us, do share it with us, or let us know what you think of our list.For more tips, Follow us…
 
As an entrepreneur, you are always looking for ways to save time, be more efficient and get insights and data to help your business. Now, it is easier than ever to bootstrap your business. In this episode, Sid and Mamta discuss their five favorite tools that can help entrepreneurs - from project management tools to CRM's, this a great list in case …
 
Founders spend too much time drafting their business plan. The Lean Canvas is an excellent tool to create your one-page business plan that includes all the moving elements that can make your business successful or help you validate a startup idea. In this episode, Sid and Mamta discuss the blocks that make up the Lean Canvas and share the EjarCar L…
 
As an Entrepreneur you are always pitching your business. In this episode, Sid and Mamta discuss how to craft your elevator pitch and how to build your pitch deck.To view the EjarCar Pitch deck, click here:http://bit.ly/2vaBrGoFor more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect:https://www.facebook.com/startuphustlemehttps://www.i…
 
Save money, time and resources when building your Startup by launching an MVP! In this episode, Sid and Mamta discuss The Lean Startup Methodology (by Eric Reis) and share examples on how you can build your MVP to test the market and launch your product quickly. For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect:https://www.faceb…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Startup Hustle Middle East.Sid and Mamta fill you in on what to expect from this new podcast series about building a startup in the Middle East.Follow us on Social for the Podcast or use #StartupHustleME to connect:https://www.facebook.com/startuphustlemehttps://www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/https://twitter.com/s…
 
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