A new book, Startup Arabia, tells “the untold stories of the high-tech entrepreneurs in the Middle East who are creating one of the most vibrant and fertile tech hubs in the world today.”
Written by Amir Hegazi, Co-founder of intoMENA Group and lifelong entrepreneur, the book features 22 interviews with the Arab World’s leading startup founders, including Instabug’s Omar Gabr. The book is available from Amazon and Jamalon.
Startup Arabia documents the life stories of these founders and their businesses in 20-page chapters, sharing some of their most important lessons learned and the events behind them. Hegazi hopes the book will inspire the millions of talented and resilient youth in the region, hungry to make an impact, to pursue entrepreneurship.
The stories in the book offer diverse and exceptional examples of what pursuing a dream can look like, including those of Mai Medhat, Co-founder and CEO of Eventtus, Mudassir Sheikha, Co-founder and CEO of Careem, Idriss Al Rifai, Founder and CEO of Fetchr, and Mona Ataya, Founder and CEO of Mumzworld.
Among the entrepreneurs Hegazi interviewed for the book, he found that all of them shared similar traits:
Trait #2: They combine idealism with pragmatism.
Trait #3: When others might quit, they double down.Amir Hegazi, Startup Arabia
Instabug’s chapter begins from the earliest days of Omar Gabr’s childhood fascination with building things, to the events that led up to the creation of Instabug’s flagship bug reporting and user feedback product.
The chapter continues with some of the challenges Gabr and Moataz Soliman, Instabug Co-founder and CTO, faced as an Egyptian startup knocking on Silicon Valley’s door.
Gabr also shares how Instabug was able to overcome these hurdles and the lessons learned from them that now form the foundation for some of the company’s core values.