Late last month at Mix N’ Mentor Beirut, we got to play the role of nosy reporters, dragging five mentors away from their sessions and getting them to answer personal questions on camera.
In this third video of the series, the illustrious group discusses a moment many entrepreneurs face: the seemingly insurmountable obstacle. Anghami’s Elie Habib struggled with getting investment, and thought “maybe it’s not going to work out,” whereas consummate entrepreneurs Oussama Ammar and Rabih Nassar never think about giving up, just pivoting. Sohrab Jahanbani is similarly “not afraid” of what the end might look like. From the investor’s perspective, Philip Boigner advocates sitting down at a table with people to hash something out, keeping in mind that both parties are interested in coming to a solution.
The video series offers a unique snapshot into the life of an entrepreneur, showing that people who have achieved the designation of ‘Wamda mentor’ struggle with the same daily challenges as people who are just starting out. Just because these five entrepreneurship experts – Sohrab Jahanbani, founder of GoNabit.com; Elie Habib, founder of Anghami; Rabih Nassar, founder of Apstrata; Dr. Philip Boigner, VP of Investments at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority; and Oussama Ammar, founder of French accelerator/investment fund TheFamily have achieved a measure of success in their respective sectors, doesn't mean that running their businesses is suddenly a walk in the park.
Check out the previous video in the series here; and check back in the coming days for the remaining three videos.