Startup Hustle Middle East

Startup Hustle Middle East

By Siddharth & Mamta Varerkar
If you are looking to start a new business in the Middle East, 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, 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, how to pitch, growth-hacking tips to market your product and we will interview leading thought-leaders in the Middle East.
Connect with us #StartupHustleME
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E18: From building Aramex to launching Wamda X | Fadi Ghandour
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 region. You can also watch this episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/DbIqA3uoItQ Check out Wamda X here: https://www.wamda.com/wamdax Find out more about Fadi Ghandour here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fadi-ghandour-52353b/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphust... https://www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com  Visit our Car rental startup: https://ejarcar.com Get in touch with Yellow here: https://welcometoyellow.com/ If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
18:24
February 16, 2019
E17: The Honest Truth About Being An Entrepreneur | The Story of Mr. Draper
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 on their startup, this episode is a must-listen as Mahmoud shares insights on cap tables, growth hacks and fundraising and he also gets Sid to try out the product! You can also watch this episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/1neOgO60dw4 Check out Mr. Draper here: https://www.mrdraper.com/ Find out more about Mahmoud here:https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahmoud-gao-4a7575a/  Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphust... https://www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/   Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com  Visit our Car rental startup: https://ejarcar.com  Get in touch with Yellow here: https://welcometoyellow.com/  If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
1:16:38
January 30, 2019
E16: 10 Mistakes Founders Make When Pitching to VCs
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 common mistakes entrepreneurs make when they pitch? Link to the youtube video : https://youtu.be/Y1EyceZkh8w Check out ASA Ventures here: http://asa.ventures/ Find out more about Ajinkya here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ajinkyatanpure/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphust... https://www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/    Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com   Visit our Car rental startup: https://ejarcar.com Get in touch with Yellow here: https://welcometoyellow.com/ If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
48:47
January 22, 2019
E15: The Uber for Pickup trucks in UAE | Yalla Pickup
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 also watch this episode on YouTube here: X Check out Yalla Pickup here: https://www.yalla-pickup.com/ Find out more about Elie here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elieeltom/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: ejarcar.com If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
40:58
January 6, 2019
E14 : The story of Joi | Part 2 | Interview with Co-founder of Joi Gifts
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 journey leading up to Joi Gifts, and in this episode we talk about how he set up Joi and how they have set themselves apart from the market by clever branding tactics and some very interesting marketing campaigns. You can also watch this episode on YouTube here: Check out Joi gifts here: https://www.joigifts.com/ Find out more about Ritesh here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rtilani Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: https://ejarcar.com If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
51:09
December 16, 2018
E13: From VC to Startup | Interview with Co-founder of Joi Gifts
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 part 1 which is the journey leading up to Joi Gifts. You can also watch this episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/1cDZpJff2O4 Check out Joi gifts here: https://www.joigifts.com/ Find out more about Ritesh here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rtilani/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: ejarcar.com If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
48:53
December 9, 2018
E12: Our Dubai Shark Tank Experience | The Equity Room
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.be/Z18pzNrBxFw OR catch the behind the scenes from the event: https://youtu.be/QjqD3Sk6oAU Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ https://www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: https://ejarcar.com If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
51:48
November 26, 2018
E11: The importance of User Experience | Interview with Founder of Digit of Things (Part 2)
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. www.digitalofthings.com/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: ejarcar.com If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
40:03
November 11, 2018
E10: Starting the first UX Lab in Dubai | Interview with Sudipt, Founder of Digit of Things (Part 1)
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. https://www.digitalofthings.com/ Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ https://www.twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: https://ejarcar.com If you have the Anchor app, you can also leave us a voice note to be featured in an upcoming episode. Connect with us #StartupHustleME
28:29
November 4, 2018
E09: Let's talk content: Discussion with Raj Kotecha (Part 2)
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/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments. You can also connect with Raj here: www.instagram.com/rajkotecha Find out about Raj's ventures: www.creativecontentagency.com And his podcasts are: Other Peoples Podcasts (OPP) and Raj Kotecha: That's a Great Question Find out about My Friends Your Friends here, upcoming event on 29 Oct www.myfriendsyourfriends.com
19:32
October 21, 2018
E08: Let's talk content: Discussion with Raj Kotecha (Part 1)
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 to talk about, so this episode is Part 1 of the conversation... For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments. You can also connect with Raj here: www.instagram.com/rajkotecha Find out about Raj's ventures: www.creativecontentagency.com And his podcasts are: Other Peoples Podcasts (OPP) and Raj Kotecha: That's a Great Question Find out about My Friends Your Friends here: www.myfriendsyourfriends.com
44:20
October 9, 2018
E07: Let's talk marketing: Discussion with Che
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/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on: startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup: ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments. You can also connect with Che here: https://www.instagram.com/oneandonlyche/ Find out about Consulting&: http://consultingand.co/ https://www.instagram.com/consulting.and/ And find out more about Mind Cloud Academy here: http://mindcloudacademy.com
38:35
October 2, 2018
E06: Our favorite podcasts for Entrepreneurs
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 on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on : startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup : ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments.
16:59
September 15, 2018
E05: Five free tools for Entrepreneurs
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 you are overwhelmed about what to choose, or just looking to make your work a bit more efficient. For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ twitter.com/startuphustleme www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on : startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup : ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments.
16:59
August 25, 2018
E04: Your one page business plan - The Lean Canvas
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 Lean Canvas as an example. To view the EjarCar Lean Canvas, click here: http://bit.ly/2KqaunE For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: www.facebook.com/startuphustleme www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ twitter.com/startuphustleme https://www.linkedin.com/company/startup-hustle-middle-east/ Email us on : startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup : https://ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments.
18:59
August 4, 2018
E03: How to pitch your Startup
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/2vaBrGo For more tips, Follow us on Social or use #StartupHustleME to connect: https://www.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ https://twitter.com/startuphustleme Email us on : startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup : https://ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a voice message with your questions and comments.
17:09
July 28, 2018
Why You Should Build an MVP
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.facebook.com/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ https://twitter.com/startuphustleme Email us on : startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup : https://ejarcar.com If you are an Anchor user, you can also leave us a message with your questions and comments.
10:56
July 21, 2018
Introducing Startup Hustle Middle East
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/startuphustleme https://www.instagram.com/startuphustleme/ https://twitter.com/startuphustleme Email us on : startup.hustle.me@gmail.com Visit our Car rental startup : https://ejarcar.com
06:53
July 14, 2018
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