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Momen Elshamy on launching a bootstrapped startup to compete with Canva

written by iryna prysyazhnuk Momen Elshamy is a graphic designer and a founder of Premast – an Egypt-based startup that offers presentation design tools. Premast was launched in August 2020, in the middle of a pandemic and uncertainty. Without any outside funding or government grants, by March 2021 startup is profitable. IMB, Johnson&Johnson, and Volkswagen…

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5 ways to validate your startup idea without leaving your home

Written by Iryna Prysyazhnuk Do you have a startup idea? Before launching any kind of startup you probably will do a lot of research. Actually, you should do it! Different founders and mentors would advise on taking different approaches to find co-founders, teammates, and approaching investors, but there’s one thing they all agree on. Before…

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Hugo Magalhães on the challenges for tech startup founders and narrowing down to scale up. 

written by iryna prysyazhnuk Hugo Magalhães is a software developer, project manager founder and CEO of Helppier, a Portuguese-based startup. Helppier is software that helps users to create automated tours and visually appealing in-app messages without coding. Its mission – to make the lives of e-commerce businesses easier. The software provides interactive chats, video-tours and onboarding guides,…

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Ammar Akhtar on bootstrapping a startup, growing during pandemic and skills every non-tech founder needs

Written by iryna prysyazhnuk Ammar Akhtar, founder of Finalrentals and a keynote speaker shares insights on discovering a niche for innovation, bootstrapping a startup, and skills every non-tech founder needs. Ammar Akhtar created Finalrentals in 2016, and the company has become the largest car rental marketplace in the UAE with over 40,000 locations worldwide. Akhtar brought…

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George Burke: a successful startup launch during the pandemic

A startup launch. What is the best way to do it? George Burke, a San Francisco based entrepreneur and the co-founder of FounderPool shares his insights on a successful startup launch. FounderPool, Burke’s new project, de-risks entrepreneurs by pooling startup equity. In the first month of allowing for open enrollments and applying, FounderPool got around…