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Featuring exceptional Arabs around the world and their journeys to the top. al empire is a Kerning Cultures Network production. Search ‘Kerning Cultures Network’ to hear other podcasts like this one, and follow @kerningcultures on Instagram to stay in touch!
 
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…
 
Today on al empire, our season finale and last episode. So who better to end it with than the person who made this all possible? Hebah Fisher, KC Network’s co-founder and CEO, demystifies her name, shares beautiful family stories, and reveals a love for kickboxing. Through the highs and lows of building KC Network, Hebah tells us what kept her goin…
 
Omar went from being an investment banker to adventuring around the world. He’s been on adventures climbing the highest mountains in the world, attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean, skiing in the North and South Poles, and a lot more, like starting his travel and adventure business, Wild Guanabana. Omar walks us through life’s eccentric high…
 
Ghizlan Guenez always loved fashion. But, as she entered the corporate world, Ghizlan could never find modest yet fashionable clothing to suit her style and the women around her. In 2017, she founded The Modist, the first online luxury site for modest fashion. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Alex Atack with editorial support by Dana B…
 
You may know Bernard Khoury from Johnnie Walker advertisements. He is the man behind some of Lebanon’s most iconic structures. Bernard takes us back to his childhood and the beginning of his architecture career, with his first major project, B 018, an underground nightclub that made global headlines, and tells us the impact that fame had on his wor…
 
Mona Ataya, a serial entrepreneur, started early by selling chewing gum in grade school. Now, she runs the region’s largest online baby store, Mumzworld. She talks about the balancing act of being a mom and running a leading e-commerce company and how her Palestinian background contributed to her entrepreneurial spirit. This episode was produced by…
 
Host and co-creator of Radiolab, More Perfect, Dolly Parton’s America, and more, Jad Abumrad has inspired the sounds of thousands of podcasts and radio shows around the world (Kerning Cultures Network shows included). In this episode, he opens up about being raised in a Lebanese household in Tennessee, curious about the intersection of music and st…
 
Nadine chats with us about how her love for film began, the years of preparation and work for her 2018 film Capernaum, and her journey to becoming the first Lebanese woman in history to be nominated for an Academy Award. Note: The first airing of this episode mistakenly claimed Nadine was the first Arab woman to be nominated for an Academy Award. 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…
 
In our season finale, Hatoon talks about the video that accidentally went viral and made her famous. From being named as BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 to dealing with trolls, this is the journey of Saudi’s first female comedian. Follow Hatoon Kadi on social media: @hatoonkadi. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial sup…
 
Andre talks about growing up during the Lebanese civil war and how discovering The Economist at age 13 inspired a spirit of entrepreneurship in him early in his life. Fleeing the violence of Beirut, Andre moves to France where his love of music led him to build his first company. From there, his journey towards success had only just begun. Update: …
 
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…
 
Bassem reflects on the moments that inspired him to leave behind 19 years in medicine for political satire, a show that was watched by 40 million people every week. Now, he tells us about what it’s like reinventing a career for himself in the US, and about the time long ago when he raised baby chicks. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and D…
 
Joy talks about building three companies from the ground up: from signing a $10,000 lease at the age of 23 to raising $56M across her ventures. She also talks about how she always challenged the status quo, even as a child. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Percia Verlin and Alex Atack. Sound desi…
 
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…
 
Mona tells us about the unusual freedom her Iraqi parents gave her as a kid, the meticulous process behind her work, and how she’s dismantling the idea that data journalism is an impenetrable truth. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Linah Mohammad and Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamad Khreizat, …
 
Hamed chats with us about his childhood and what fuels his charisma onstage (including how he’s always wanted to be sexy like Tina Turner). He takes us through Mashrou’ Leila’s evolution - and his own. This episode was produced by Hebah Fisher and Dana Ballout, with editorial support by Linah Mohammad and Alex Atack. Sound design by Mohamad Khreiza…
 
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…
 
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