What makes an entrepreneur? Wrap up of BDL Accelerate 2016!
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Crafting a new experience for cleaning services as an entrepreneur in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Riyadh!
It’s always exciting and insightful to participate in conferences for entrepreneurs such as Banque Du Liban’s Accelerate – everyone has something valuable to share. Our experience in upgrading the cleaning service industry allowed us to exchange ideas with many entrepreneurs at different stages of their businesses. The conference setup was designed so that at every turn and every stage (out of the 9 different stages), you’re introduced to either a new speaker, or a new entrepreneur, or investor, or someone from the press etc…
That was exactly the case as we followed our CEO and co-founder Mohamad Samad around the conference hall on November 3rd. We started off the day listening to Steve Wozniak’s inspiring speech where he narrated his journey. We jumped to Middle East Venture Partner, MEVP’s, booth to meet Volt’s Ali Halabi who shared the latest on his transport alternative app in Istanbul with us.
Before MEVP partner Walid Hanna’s panel discussion, Samad had a chat (and picture) with Hanna and MEVP’s Walid Mansour. After their latest investment in Matic cleaning services in Dubai, Samad had a chat about the company’s latest expansion into the Riyadh market, following the launch in Doha and Abu Dhabi.
On the ecosystem stage, our CEO and co-founder Mohamad Samad shared his experience in the entrepreneurial scene in the GCC. Samad spoke of the recent investment from MEVP, advised up and coming entrepreneurs to think of their investors as mentors and build a relationship as such.
However, what Samad got asked the most about was why he became an entrepreneur. The audience would ask over and over again, why would anyone leave a comfortable job? This is where things got juicy, and the panelists (all Lebanese entrepreneurs at different phases of the entrepreneurial journey) had differing views. But what everyone agreed on is that you need to be passionate about solving a problem.
One of the most inspiring statements from the stage came from Wozniak during his speech who said, “I’m interested in the art of things, the technology behind making them.” This was echoed by Brian Solis, who questioned how to build experience architecture. He asked “how can we use technology that changes your life?” in his speech on innovation.
To wrap up, if there’s one thing we believe and continue to believe following this conference, it’s that it’s all about how you do something. At Matic, we like to craft experiences by being passionate about the process and delivery to all our users.
We’re looking forward to participating in more of these conferences, especially the upcoming Step conference in Dubai!
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