Weekly Wrap-Up: January 27-31

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We focused this week on the importance of building a founding team in leading your startup to success. Are you looking for the right partner? Are you hesitating to make your choices and set your priorities? Have a look at the advices and tips that Wamda offered you this week to facilitate your entrepreneurial journey.

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To build on your own expertise, you can co-build your idea with a person who compliments your skillset well and will be as dedicated to the idea as you. They should feel a sense of ownership and loyalty to the brand as well. You may even find the need to have more than one co-founder at different stages in your journey; rather than hiring, you can offer a founding position with equity to ensure your co-worker has a stake in the company. Read more here on what Maya, managing editor at Wamda has to say about this.

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Entrepreneur of the Week

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Mark Dfouni and Nemer Badin of Eastline MarketingThis week's Entrepreneurs are Eastline Marketing's Mark Dfouni and Nemer Badin, who launched their startup more than 15 years ago in Montreal, and brought it t Lebanon in 2006. Watch our interview as they discuss their experience and recent launch of a web platform that allows clients to seamlessly create social media campaigns, and support Arabic.

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