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
18 / 06 / 2023

E55: Mudassir Sheikha on scaling and reinventing Careem


Mudassir Sheikha is the Co-founder - CEO of Careem, the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan-s (MENAP) biggest startup success story to date with a $3.1Bn exit to Uber in 2020. After the ride hailing success, In April 2023 Mudassir announced a new entity -Careem Technologies- that will focus on building the region-s super app and provide a wide range of services to meet the needs of MENAP-s 500 million+ population. Mudassir and I discuss the learnings from the various stages of Careem as well as what the future holds. A glimpse into the mind of one of the region-s top entrepreneurs.-
This episode is brought to you by She-s Next by Visa. A program designed to provide female entrepreneurs with mentorship and support as well as financial rewards! Apply to join the program by June 23rd 2023. Links to the program here:
UAE: https://l8.nu/ryNe KSA: https://l8.nu/qgZA Qatar: https://l8.nu/ryNi Kuwait: https://l8.nu/ryNn Bahrain: https://l8.nu/qgZK-
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01:01:54
04 / 06 / 2023

Zuhair & Rawan (Zest Equity) on building an infrastructure to provide startups with liquidity


Zuhair Shamma and Rawan Baddour are the co-founders of Zest equity, a platform that enables startup founders, employees and investors to sell shares they-ve earned in a secondary transaction, providing much needed liquidity and incentives. But not everyone is bought in, some investors are proponents of such liquidity events, while others remain skeptical as it may incentivize bad actors. A great discussion around syndications, secondary transactions, ESOP and the maturity of the startup ecosystem in the region.
To learn more about Zest visit: https://zestequity.com/
Please fill in the podcast listen survey it takes 7 minutes: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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00:59:53
04 / 06 / 2023

E54: Zuhair & Rawan on building Zest Equity


Zuhair Shamma and Rawan Baddour are the co-founders of Zest equity, a platform that enables startup founders, employees and investors to sell shares they-ve earned in a secondary transaction, providing much needed liquidity and incentives. But not everyone is bought in, some investors are proponents of such liquidity events, while others remain skeptical as it may incentivize bad actors. A great discussion around syndications, secondary transactions, ESOP and the maturity of the startup ecosystem in the region.
To learn more about Zest visit: https://zestequity.com/
Please fill in the podcast listen survey it takes 7 minutes: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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00:59:53
21 / 05 / 2023

E53: Kareem Elsirafy explains the venture builder model


Kareem Elsirafy is the Managing Partner at Modus Capital, a venture builder with offices in Cairo, Abu Dhabi and soon in Riyadh. Kareem emigrated to the US from Egypt as a toddler, grew up in a challenging environment and joined the US Marine Corps to get some discipline. 4 years later he found himself in a homeless shelter trying to integrate back into society. He eventually worked his way out of homelessness into Columbia University and ultimately co-founding Unite Us, a startup that supports military servicemen, veterans and their families. Unite Us is valued at over $1.5Bn. Kareem made his way back to the region to help founders build companies from the ground up. An inspiring and candid conversation with so many nuggets for entrepreneurs.

Please fill in the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1

A link to Find your Larry, the story we referred to in the podcast: https://modus.vc/find-your-larry/
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01:02:46
21 / 05 / 2023

Kareem Elsirafy explains the venture builder model


Kareem Elsirafy is the Managing Partner at Modus Capital, a venture builder with offices in Cairo, Abu Dhabi and soon in Riyadh. Kareem emigrated to the US from Egypt as a toddler, grew up in a challenging environment and joined the US Marine Corps to get some discipline. 4 years later he found himself in a homeless shelter trying to integrate back into society. He eventually worked his way out of homelessness into Columbia University and ultimately co-founding Unite Us, a startup that supports military servicemen, veterans and their families. Unite Us is valued at over $1.5Bn. Kareem made his way back to the region to help founders build companies from the ground up. An inspiring and candid conversation with so many nuggets for entrepreneurs.

Please fill in the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1

A link to Find your Larry, the story we referred to in the podcast: https://modus.vc/find-your-larry/
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01:02:46
07 / 05 / 2023

E52: How to present like a pro with Bill Connor


Presenting confidently is a skill that no entrepreneur or business leader can ignore. The ability to communicate to different stakeholders in a clear, concise and attention grabbing manner is vital to success. I sit down with Bill Connor - veteran White House TV correspondent and anchorman for 15 years - currently the Founder - CEO of Three Media Consultancy to discuss how we can prepare content for presentations and speeches, present the content and then deliver a strong ask. We also discuss how leaders can manage media interviews. A must listen to episode for anyone trying to put together a presentation and looking for tips to do so more calmly and confidently.
I would love to get to know you our listeners a bit more so I am conducting a survey. Please spend 3 to 5 minutes on the survey to tell me more about you and provide feedback on the show. I would really appreciate it. All survey responses are anonymous: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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00:58:34
07 / 05 / 2023

How to present like a pro with Bill Connor


Presenting confidently is a skill that no entrepreneur or business leader can ignore. The ability to communicate to different stakeholders in a clear, concise and attention grabbing manner is vital to success. I sit down with Bill Connor - veteran White House TV correspondent and anchorman for 15 years - currently the Founder - CEO of Three Media Consultancy to discuss how we can prepare content for presentations and speeches, present the content and then deliver a strong ask. We also discuss how leaders can manage media interviews. A must listen to episode for anyone trying to put together a presentation and looking for tips to do so more calmly and confidently.
I would love to get to know you our listeners a bit more so I am conducting a survey. Please spend 3 to 5 minutes on the survey to tell me more about you and provide feedback on the show. I would really appreciate it. All survey responses are anonymous: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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00:58:34
24 / 04 / 2023

E51: Basil Moftah on navigating a down cycle as an Egyptian VC


Startups across the globe are reckoning with a down cycle as a result of the overall macro economic environment and some practices that were long romanticized by Silicon Valley - such as growth at all cost - that have led to bloated startups with a high cash burn and a long path to profitability. I speak to Basil Moftah, General Partner at Nclude, a Venture Capital firm based in Egypt about the impact of the global environment on local startups. We also discuss the challenges that Egyptian startups are facing as they experience spiraling inflation in their own country. How are resilient entrepreneurs and the overall venture capital industry navigating this down cycle and what are some of the lessons learned?
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:57:50
24 / 04 / 2023

Basil Moftah on facing a down cycle as an Egyptian VC


Startups across the globe are reckoning with a down cycle as a result of the overall macro economic environment and some practices that were long romanticized by Silicon Valley - such as growth at all cost - that have led to bloated startups with a high cash burn and a long path to profitability. I speak to Basil Moftah, General Partner at Nclude, a Venture Capital firm based in Egypt about the impact of the global environment on local startups. We also discuss the challenges that Egyptian startups are facing as they experience spiraling inflation in their own country. How are resilient entrepreneurs and the overall venture capital industry navigating this down cycle and what are some of the lessons learned?
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com



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00:57:50
09 / 04 / 2023

E50: Money talk: Inflation, rates, recession and you with Binod Shankar


The post Covid era has been an eventful one with rising inflation, a war in Europe, choppy markets and a severe correction in the startup world with both private - public valuations plummeting. That precipitated the collapse of 5 banks within a few weeks including the #1 global startup bank; Silicon Valley bank. I invite my friend and finance expert Binod Shankar - an ex-finance director, ex-founder, executive coach and market analyst on Bloomberg - CNBC - to talk to us about inflation, bank failures and what it means for us as business leaders and individuals living in the GCC. When will inflation taper? when will the good times roll again? what are some prudent investment strategies given the choppy market? In this conversation Binod simplifies some of the macro economic terms, discusses bank failure and contagion risk, provides advice and lots of laughs!
To leaner more about Binod visit: www.therealfinancementor.com
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:53:36
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
18 / 06 / 2023

E55: Mudassir Sheikha on scaling and reinventing Careem

Mudassir Sheikha is the Co-founder - CEO of Careem, the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan-s (MENAP) biggest startup success story to date with a $3.1Bn exit to Uber in 2020. After the ride hailing success, In April 2023 Mudassir announced a new entity -Careem Technologies- that will focus on building the region-s super app and provide a wide range of services to meet the needs of MENAP-s 500 million+ population. Mudassir and I discuss the learnings from the various stages of Careem as well as what the future holds. A glimpse into the mind of one of the region-s top entrepreneurs.-
This episode is brought to you by She-s Next by Visa. A program designed to provide female entrepreneurs with mentorship and support as well as financial rewards! Apply to join the program by June 23rd 2023. Links to the program here:
UAE: https://l8.nu/ryNe KSA: https://l8.nu/qgZA Qatar: https://l8.nu/ryNi Kuwait: https://l8.nu/ryNn Bahrain: https://l8.nu/qgZK-
Please fill in the podcast listen survey it takes 7 minutes: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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01:01:54
04 / 06 / 2023

Zuhair & Rawan (Zest Equity) on building an infrastructure to provide startups with liquidity

Zuhair Shamma and Rawan Baddour are the co-founders of Zest equity, a platform that enables startup founders, employees and investors to sell shares they-ve earned in a secondary transaction, providing much needed liquidity and incentives. But not everyone is bought in, some investors are proponents of such liquidity events, while others remain skeptical as it may incentivize bad actors. A great discussion around syndications, secondary transactions, ESOP and the maturity of the startup ecosystem in the region.
To learn more about Zest visit: https://zestequity.com/
Please fill in the podcast listen survey it takes 7 minutes: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:59:53
04 / 06 / 2023

E54: Zuhair & Rawan on building Zest Equity

Zuhair Shamma and Rawan Baddour are the co-founders of Zest equity, a platform that enables startup founders, employees and investors to sell shares they-ve earned in a secondary transaction, providing much needed liquidity and incentives. But not everyone is bought in, some investors are proponents of such liquidity events, while others remain skeptical as it may incentivize bad actors. A great discussion around syndications, secondary transactions, ESOP and the maturity of the startup ecosystem in the region.
To learn more about Zest visit: https://zestequity.com/
Please fill in the podcast listen survey it takes 7 minutes: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

00:59:53
21 / 05 / 2023

E53: Kareem Elsirafy explains the venture builder model

Kareem Elsirafy is the Managing Partner at Modus Capital, a venture builder with offices in Cairo, Abu Dhabi and soon in Riyadh. Kareem emigrated to the US from Egypt as a toddler, grew up in a challenging environment and joined the US Marine Corps to get some discipline. 4 years later he found himself in a homeless shelter trying to integrate back into society. He eventually worked his way out of homelessness into Columbia University and ultimately co-founding Unite Us, a startup that supports military servicemen, veterans and their families. Unite Us is valued at over $1.5Bn. Kareem made his way back to the region to help founders build companies from the ground up. An inspiring and candid conversation with so many nuggets for entrepreneurs.

Please fill in the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1

A link to Find your Larry, the story we referred to in the podcast: https://modus.vc/find-your-larry/
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

01:02:46
21 / 05 / 2023

Kareem Elsirafy explains the venture builder model

Kareem Elsirafy is the Managing Partner at Modus Capital, a venture builder with offices in Cairo, Abu Dhabi and soon in Riyadh. Kareem emigrated to the US from Egypt as a toddler, grew up in a challenging environment and joined the US Marine Corps to get some discipline. 4 years later he found himself in a homeless shelter trying to integrate back into society. He eventually worked his way out of homelessness into Columbia University and ultimately co-founding Unite Us, a startup that supports military servicemen, veterans and their families. Unite Us is valued at over $1.5Bn. Kareem made his way back to the region to help founders build companies from the ground up. An inspiring and candid conversation with so many nuggets for entrepreneurs.

Please fill in the podcast listener survey: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1

A link to Find your Larry, the story we referred to in the podcast: https://modus.vc/find-your-larry/
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01:02:46
07 / 05 / 2023

E52: How to present like a pro with Bill Connor

Presenting confidently is a skill that no entrepreneur or business leader can ignore. The ability to communicate to different stakeholders in a clear, concise and attention grabbing manner is vital to success. I sit down with Bill Connor - veteran White House TV correspondent and anchorman for 15 years - currently the Founder - CEO of Three Media Consultancy to discuss how we can prepare content for presentations and speeches, present the content and then deliver a strong ask. We also discuss how leaders can manage media interviews. A must listen to episode for anyone trying to put together a presentation and looking for tips to do so more calmly and confidently.
I would love to get to know you our listeners a bit more so I am conducting a survey. Please spend 3 to 5 minutes on the survey to tell me more about you and provide feedback on the show. I would really appreciate it. All survey responses are anonymous: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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00:58:34
07 / 05 / 2023

How to present like a pro with Bill Connor

Presenting confidently is a skill that no entrepreneur or business leader can ignore. The ability to communicate to different stakeholders in a clear, concise and attention grabbing manner is vital to success. I sit down with Bill Connor - veteran White House TV correspondent and anchorman for 15 years - currently the Founder - CEO of Three Media Consultancy to discuss how we can prepare content for presentations and speeches, present the content and then deliver a strong ask. We also discuss how leaders can manage media interviews. A must listen to episode for anyone trying to put together a presentation and looking for tips to do so more calmly and confidently.
I would love to get to know you our listeners a bit more so I am conducting a survey. Please spend 3 to 5 minutes on the survey to tell me more about you and provide feedback on the show. I would really appreciate it. All survey responses are anonymous: https://33s6g1ujw6w.typeform.com/to/KeVEuZe1
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00:58:34
24 / 04 / 2023

E51: Basil Moftah on navigating a down cycle as an Egyptian VC

Startups across the globe are reckoning with a down cycle as a result of the overall macro economic environment and some practices that were long romanticized by Silicon Valley - such as growth at all cost - that have led to bloated startups with a high cash burn and a long path to profitability. I speak to Basil Moftah, General Partner at Nclude, a Venture Capital firm based in Egypt about the impact of the global environment on local startups. We also discuss the challenges that Egyptian startups are facing as they experience spiraling inflation in their own country. How are resilient entrepreneurs and the overall venture capital industry navigating this down cycle and what are some of the lessons learned?
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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00:57:50
24 / 04 / 2023

Basil Moftah on facing a down cycle as an Egyptian VC

Startups across the globe are reckoning with a down cycle as a result of the overall macro economic environment and some practices that were long romanticized by Silicon Valley - such as growth at all cost - that have led to bloated startups with a high cash burn and a long path to profitability. I speak to Basil Moftah, General Partner at Nclude, a Venture Capital firm based in Egypt about the impact of the global environment on local startups. We also discuss the challenges that Egyptian startups are facing as they experience spiraling inflation in their own country. How are resilient entrepreneurs and the overall venture capital industry navigating this down cycle and what are some of the lessons learned?
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com



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00:57:50
09 / 04 / 2023

E50: Money talk: Inflation, rates, recession and you with Binod Shankar

The post Covid era has been an eventful one with rising inflation, a war in Europe, choppy markets and a severe correction in the startup world with both private - public valuations plummeting. That precipitated the collapse of 5 banks within a few weeks including the #1 global startup bank; Silicon Valley bank. I invite my friend and finance expert Binod Shankar - an ex-finance director, ex-founder, executive coach and market analyst on Bloomberg - CNBC - to talk to us about inflation, bank failures and what it means for us as business leaders and individuals living in the GCC. When will inflation taper? when will the good times roll again? what are some prudent investment strategies given the choppy market? In this conversation Binod simplifies some of the macro economic terms, discusses bank failure and contagion risk, provides advice and lots of laughs!
To leaner more about Binod visit: www.therealfinancementor.com
For more information visit: www.conversationswithloulou.com
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