Conversations with Loulou

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Loulou Khazen Baz, an entrepreneur, investor and mother based in Dubai draws on her professional and personal experiences over her two-decade career to discuss business, leadership, startups and technology from a Middle Eastern lens. To learn more, visit the show's website: www.conversationswithloulou.com and you can follow Loulou on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @louloukhazen

Episodes
05 / 02 / 2024

E67: Listing on the NASDAQ ahead of an economic downturn and new beginnings - Elie Habib, Co-founder Anghami


I sat down with Elie Habib, the Co-founder of-Anghami, the region-s most loved home grown brand! Anghami is a leading music streaming platform catering for the Arab world. We discuss Anghami-s much hyped listing on the NASDAQ New York on February 4th 2022 and the period that follows including the tumbling of their market cap well below their yearly revenues. We discuss Anghami-s new merger with OSN+ and Elie-s new role as CEO post merger. Elie gave me a carte blanche to ask him anything and I deeply respect that. Always leading by example!-

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01:22:29
22 / 01 / 2024

E66: A deep dive into MENA venture capital trends with Philip Bahoshy


I chat with Philip Bahoshy, the CEO of-Magnitt, about the dynamic tech startup scene in the MENA region after a turbulent 2023. We delve into how recent economic shifts affect venture capital and discuss the current trends and 2024 predictions for venture capital in MENA, including the impact of new funding from Saudi Arabia, the resulting high demand for startups and the rise of startups like Tabby and Tamara to unicorn status. We also speculate on potential 2024 IPOs and ponder if MENA startups will pivot from the first layer of digital transformation into more -deep tech-, similar to trends in markets like Singapore. We discuss the context behind the numbers and share a cautious optimism for 2024.

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01:18:15
07 / 01 / 2024

E65: 2023’s most practical advice


In this second part of 2023-s wrap up, we take a look at some of the year-s most practical advice. We hear from top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists about company culture, shutting down a startup, selling a startup, re-purchasing a startup after a sale and the importance of founders at various stages of the startup building. We also remember a great episode on communicating with confidence.--

I wish you a great start for 2024 and looking forward to bring to you insights from the world-s most brilliant humans!

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This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com
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00:41:22
25 / 12 / 2023

E64: 2023’s biggest AHA moments


We-re looking back at 2023-s biggest AHA moments and what a tough year it has been. The common theme across the 19 episodes recorded in 2023 was -resilience- and that is representative of the mood for the year. We saw soaring inflation, increased interest rates which led to a venture capital slow down, we also saw the collapse of several global banks including Silicon Valley Bank. We saw climate get a lot of attention especially as the UAE hosted COP28 and we ended the year with a brutal war on Gaza which continues to rage on. Entrepreneurs and business leaders have been pushed to the limit and our humanity is currently being tested.
I would like to thank all of our guests who showed up and shared openly. I also extend my deepest gratitude to you, our community.-

I wish you all a fulfilling 2024!

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This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com-
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00:39:25
10 / 12 / 2023

E63: Ali Halabi on startup failure, pivot and re-birth. An incredible story of resilience


I sat down with Ali Halabi, Founder - CEO of-Volt Lines, a Turkish based B2B mobility platform solving for the daily work commute in Istanbul, a city of 15million people that is notorious for its traffic woes.
Ali has had a fascinating journey from Lebanon to Turkey and has rubbed shoulders with failure many times. In fact Volt Lines was the re-birth of a previous startup called Volt which he had to shut down. He saw himself celebrate Volt Line-s exit to Swvl, a $1.5B regional startup, only to get his company back 6 months later.
Ali-s business ingenuity has been documented in a 3 part Harvard Business Review case study. This episode is raw, genuine and a masterclass in entrepreneurship.
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This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com
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01:17:17
10 / 12 / 2023

E63: Ali Halabi on startup failure, pivot and re-birth. An incredible story of resilience.


I sat down with Ali Halabi, Founder - CEO of-Volt Lines, a Turkish based B2B mobility platform solving for the daily work commute in Istanbul, a city of 15million people that is notorious for its traffic woes. Ali has had a fascinating journey from Lebanon to Turkey and has rubbed shoulders with failure many times. In fact Volt Lines was the re-birth of a previous startup called Volt which he had to shut down. He saw himself celebrate Volt Line-s exit to Swvl, a $1.5B regional startup, only to get his company back 6 months later. Ali-s business ingenuity has been documented in a 3 part Harvard Business Review case study. This episode is raw, genuine and a masterclass in entrepreneurship.

Please spend 7min to fill this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com
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01:19:12
26 / 11 / 2023

E62: Dr. Ryan Lefers on building technologies to feed the world sustainably


I sat down with Dr. Ryan Lefers, Co-founder - CEO at-RedSea-a climate tech company founded at King Abdullah University of Science and technology (KAUST) building technologies from the desert of Saudi Arabia to make agriculture more sustainable. With $36m of funding to date, RedSea products are currently selling across the world.-

We discuss Dr. Ryan-s journey from scientist to entrepreneur and the process of taking big ideas through R-D in a lab, manufacturing and testing as well as fundraising to get technologies into the hands of customers. We also discuss the role of universities like KAUST as an R-D and world class talent hub as well as being the first investor in RedSea.-

Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey.-

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit-https://capital.com
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00:52:35
26 / 11 / 2023

E62: Dr. Ryan Lefers on building technologies to feed the world sustainably


I sat down with Dr. Ryan Lefers, Co-founder - CEO at-RedSea-a climate tech company founded at King Abdullah University of Science and technology (KAUST) building technologies from the desert of Saudi Arabia to make agriculture more sustainable. With $36m of funding to date, RedSea products are currently selling across the world.-

We discuss Dr. Ryan-s journey from scientist to entrepreneur and the process of taking big ideas through R-D in a lab, manufacturing and testing as well as fundraising to get technologies into the hands of customers. We also discuss the role of universities like KAUST as an R-D and world class talent hub as well as being the first investor in RedSea.-

Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey.-

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit-https://capital.com
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00:52:35
12 / 11 / 2023

E61: Tomaso Rodriguez on scaling talabat


I sat down with Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO at talabat to learn more about his experience growing the largest food delivery platform across 8 Middle Eastern markets. Talabat was born in Kuwait in 2004 and was sold to global player Delivery Hero in 2015 for $170m.
Tomaso shares insights on talabat-s complex operations, technology and artificial intelligence, building a culture of innovation, creating new revenue streams as well as his thoughts on potential acquisitions for talabat.
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This episode is supported by Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit https://capital.com
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01:03:38
12 / 11 / 2023

Tomaso Rodriguez on scaling talabat


I sat down with Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO at talabat to learn more about his experience growing the largest food delivery platform across 8 Middle Eastern markets. Talabat was born in Kuwait in 2004 and was sold to global player Delivery Hero in 2015 for $170m.
Tomaso shares insights on talabat-s complex operations, technology and artificial intelligence, building a culture of innovation, creating new revenue streams as well as his thoughts on potential acquisitions for talabat.
Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1-
This episode is supported by Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit https://capital.com
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01:03:38
Conversations with Loulou
79 subscribers

Loulou Khazen Baz, an entrepreneur, investor and mother based in Dubai draws on her professional and personal experiences over her two-decade career to discuss business, leadership, startups and technology from a Middle Eastern lens. To learn more, visit the show's website: www.conversationswithloulou.com and you can follow Loulou on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @louloukhazen

Episodes
05 / 02 / 2024

E67: Listing on the NASDAQ ahead of an economic downturn and new beginnings - Elie Habib, Co-founder Anghami

I sat down with Elie Habib, the Co-founder of-Anghami, the region-s most loved home grown brand! Anghami is a leading music streaming platform catering for the Arab world. We discuss Anghami-s much hyped listing on the NASDAQ New York on February 4th 2022 and the period that follows including the tumbling of their market cap well below their yearly revenues. We discuss Anghami-s new merger with OSN+ and Elie-s new role as CEO post merger. Elie gave me a carte blanche to ask him anything and I deeply respect that. Always leading by example!-

Please spend 7min to fill-this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:22:29
22 / 01 / 2024

E66: A deep dive into MENA venture capital trends with Philip Bahoshy

I chat with Philip Bahoshy, the CEO of-Magnitt, about the dynamic tech startup scene in the MENA region after a turbulent 2023. We delve into how recent economic shifts affect venture capital and discuss the current trends and 2024 predictions for venture capital in MENA, including the impact of new funding from Saudi Arabia, the resulting high demand for startups and the rise of startups like Tabby and Tamara to unicorn status. We also speculate on potential 2024 IPOs and ponder if MENA startups will pivot from the first layer of digital transformation into more -deep tech-, similar to trends in markets like Singapore. We discuss the context behind the numbers and share a cautious optimism for 2024.

Please spend 7min to fill-this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com-
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:18:15
07 / 01 / 2024

E65: 2023’s most practical advice

In this second part of 2023-s wrap up, we take a look at some of the year-s most practical advice. We hear from top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists about company culture, shutting down a startup, selling a startup, re-purchasing a startup after a sale and the importance of founders at various stages of the startup building. We also remember a great episode on communicating with confidence.--

I wish you a great start for 2024 and looking forward to bring to you insights from the world-s most brilliant humans!

Please spend 7min to fill-this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:41:22
25 / 12 / 2023

E64: 2023’s biggest AHA moments

We-re looking back at 2023-s biggest AHA moments and what a tough year it has been. The common theme across the 19 episodes recorded in 2023 was -resilience- and that is representative of the mood for the year. We saw soaring inflation, increased interest rates which led to a venture capital slow down, we also saw the collapse of several global banks including Silicon Valley Bank. We saw climate get a lot of attention especially as the UAE hosted COP28 and we ended the year with a brutal war on Gaza which continues to rage on. Entrepreneurs and business leaders have been pushed to the limit and our humanity is currently being tested.
I would like to thank all of our guests who showed up and shared openly. I also extend my deepest gratitude to you, our community.-

I wish you all a fulfilling 2024!

Please spend 7min to fill this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com-
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:39:25
10 / 12 / 2023

E63: Ali Halabi on startup failure, pivot and re-birth. An incredible story of resilience

I sat down with Ali Halabi, Founder - CEO of-Volt Lines, a Turkish based B2B mobility platform solving for the daily work commute in Istanbul, a city of 15million people that is notorious for its traffic woes.
Ali has had a fascinating journey from Lebanon to Turkey and has rubbed shoulders with failure many times. In fact Volt Lines was the re-birth of a previous startup called Volt which he had to shut down. He saw himself celebrate Volt Line-s exit to Swvl, a $1.5B regional startup, only to get his company back 6 months later.
Ali-s business ingenuity has been documented in a 3 part Harvard Business Review case study. This episode is raw, genuine and a masterclass in entrepreneurship.
Please spend 7min to fill this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!
This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:17:17
10 / 12 / 2023

E63: Ali Halabi on startup failure, pivot and re-birth. An incredible story of resilience.

I sat down with Ali Halabi, Founder - CEO of-Volt Lines, a Turkish based B2B mobility platform solving for the daily work commute in Istanbul, a city of 15million people that is notorious for its traffic woes. Ali has had a fascinating journey from Lebanon to Turkey and has rubbed shoulders with failure many times. In fact Volt Lines was the re-birth of a previous startup called Volt which he had to shut down. He saw himself celebrate Volt Line-s exit to Swvl, a $1.5B regional startup, only to get his company back 6 months later. Ali-s business ingenuity has been documented in a 3 part Harvard Business Review case study. This episode is raw, genuine and a masterclass in entrepreneurship.

Please spend 7min to fill this anonymous podcast survey. It would really help me in growing the show!

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit:-https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:19:12
26 / 11 / 2023

E62: Dr. Ryan Lefers on building technologies to feed the world sustainably

I sat down with Dr. Ryan Lefers, Co-founder - CEO at-RedSea-a climate tech company founded at King Abdullah University of Science and technology (KAUST) building technologies from the desert of Saudi Arabia to make agriculture more sustainable. With $36m of funding to date, RedSea products are currently selling across the world.-

We discuss Dr. Ryan-s journey from scientist to entrepreneur and the process of taking big ideas through R-D in a lab, manufacturing and testing as well as fundraising to get technologies into the hands of customers. We also discuss the role of universities like KAUST as an R-D and world class talent hub as well as being the first investor in RedSea.-

Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey.-

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit-https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:52:35
26 / 11 / 2023

E62: Dr. Ryan Lefers on building technologies to feed the world sustainably

I sat down with Dr. Ryan Lefers, Co-founder - CEO at-RedSea-a climate tech company founded at King Abdullah University of Science and technology (KAUST) building technologies from the desert of Saudi Arabia to make agriculture more sustainable. With $36m of funding to date, RedSea products are currently selling across the world.-

We discuss Dr. Ryan-s journey from scientist to entrepreneur and the process of taking big ideas through R-D in a lab, manufacturing and testing as well as fundraising to get technologies into the hands of customers. We also discuss the role of universities like KAUST as an R-D and world class talent hub as well as being the first investor in RedSea.-

Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey.-

This episode is supported by-Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit-https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:52:35
12 / 11 / 2023

E61: Tomaso Rodriguez on scaling talabat

I sat down with Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO at talabat to learn more about his experience growing the largest food delivery platform across 8 Middle Eastern markets. Talabat was born in Kuwait in 2004 and was sold to global player Delivery Hero in 2015 for $170m.
Tomaso shares insights on talabat-s complex operations, technology and artificial intelligence, building a culture of innovation, creating new revenue streams as well as his thoughts on potential acquisitions for talabat.
Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1-
This episode is supported by Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:03:38
12 / 11 / 2023

Tomaso Rodriguez on scaling talabat

I sat down with Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO at talabat to learn more about his experience growing the largest food delivery platform across 8 Middle Eastern markets. Talabat was born in Kuwait in 2004 and was sold to global player Delivery Hero in 2015 for $170m.
Tomaso shares insights on talabat-s complex operations, technology and artificial intelligence, building a culture of innovation, creating new revenue streams as well as his thoughts on potential acquisitions for talabat.
Please spend 7min to fill out the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1-
This episode is supported by Capital.com, an award winning global investment platform. To start trading today, visit https://capital.com
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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