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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Samer Hamadeh. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Samer Hamadeh, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Samer Hamadeh. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Samer Hamadeh, often where they are interviewed.

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Episode 4: Feed your Passion with Samer Hamadeh, Creator of Akibadori, Founder of Aegis Hospitality and Big Mouth Concepts

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My guest Samer Hamadeh, is a veteran, a serial entrepreneur who went on his own in his early 20's building successful businesses. 

In this episode we learn from Samer's experience, overcoming challenges in events, entertainment and Food and Beverage industries. 

Today, after several ventures, Samer is proud to express how Akibadori is a Japanese Lounge/restaurant -one of a kind at that, which is an exportable concept. 

Pay close attention to the knowledge bombs Samer drops, take the learnings and apply it to your dream entrepreneurial ventures... and if your dream is to build a F&B concept but don't know where to start? Contact Samer Hamadeh, Aegis Hospitality and Big Mouth Concepts teams will gladly support you with the creation and Here's Good News Team will coach you to success!   

Hosted by Tarek Azmi founder of Here’s Good News, a leadership and development company dedicated to your personal and professional growth, offering learning modules, coaching solutions and personal training.

Like this podcast? Share and Subscribe to never miss a show, get in touch and receive a courtesy call to start building your dreams and achieving your goals and Here’s Good News: You Can Make It!

Samer may be reached on samer@aegishospitality.com and through tee.azmi@heresgoodnews.com 

Jul 10 2020 · 1hr 8mins
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Tennis Legend Venus Williams & Zeel CEO Samer Hamadeh

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I was lucky enough to riff with Zeel CEO, Samer Hamadeh, and tennis great, Venus Williams. Zeel provides health and wellness services (both in person and virtually), to consumers and businesses. Venus, in addition to being one of the world’s all-time greatest athletes, is a Zeel board member. We covered a lot of topics ranging from what they each do to keep a calm head during times of crisis, to keeping employees fit using virtual environments. How can you combat “tech neck” (if you’re spending too much time hunching over your device like the rest of us!)? And, how can you keep yourself fit using virtual environments? Plus, you’ll hear a whole lot more around the entrepreneurial mindset. 

May 27 2020 · 41mins
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The Massage On-Demand: Zeel’s, Samer Hamadeh

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Samer Hamadeh is the Founder and CEO of Zeel, the on-demand massage company that connects people with licensed massage therapists who provide massages at home, in hotels, or at the workplace. Since launching Zeel in 2012, Samer has channeled his impressive entrepreneurial background into building a wellness platform that not only addresses our aches and pains, but also explores the possibilities of how wellness can evolve in the digital age. We talk about: ways to build trust with both consumers and therapists, the pivot into self-care and virtual wellness, the evolution and new opportunities of how start-ups are funded, the changes in the health and wellness space post pandemic, and more.

Interviewed by Mortimer Singer. 

May 26 2020 · 37mins
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Samer Hamadeh on building brands in the nightlife and F&B space

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Samer Hamadeh has made his name in the Dubai restaurant and nightlife scene and most recently featured in the Arabian Business DXB100 list of people helping shape the future of Dubai. Samer is a serial entrepreneur having founded his first business at age 24, a corporate events business. It’s been almost 2 decades since those days and Samer has evolved to pioneer some of Dubai’s legendary clubs such as Stereo Arcade and Republique as well as funky restaurants such as Akiba Dori. Just shy of age 40, Samer is on a quest to help build more amazing and quirky concepts as well as help entrepreneurs who are looking to venture into the food and beverage space.


My guest Samer Hamadeh is a serial entrepreneur in the entertainment and Food & Beverage space having built some great concepts such as Republique, Stereo Arcade, Akiba Dori and more.

I met Samer way before his food and beverage days when he was at Impact BBDO, where 7 months in, he was already on his way out, founding his first business in the corporate events space. Samer is the kind of guy you want to hang out with and learn from as he openly shares his successes and failures. I catch up with Samer to talk entrepreneurship, fundraising, managing a board of directors, building brands that people love and more.

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May 24 2020 · 46mins
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Aegis Hospitality: Samer Hamadeh

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Samer Hamadeh

Founder, Aegis Hospitality


Over a decade ago, a young man left behind his masters program to move to the UAE. It didn’t take long for him to spot an opportunity to branch out on his own and today–as much as he hates the term–can only be defined as a serial entrepreneur. Pull up a chair & join our season finale with Samer Hamadeh, founder of Aegis Hospitality & the man behind some of Dubai’s iconic venues such as Republique, Stereo Arcade & Akiba Dori.

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Hosted & produced by Chirag Desai.
With support from Abhishek Venkatasubramanian, Sukayna Kazmi & Zainab Ujjaini.
Original music composed by Reiner Erlings.

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Mar 31 2020 · 39mins
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Samer Hamadeh, CEO ZEEL

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"People are recognizing the more they do things like massage, the more they can prevent injury, the more stress and tension they can reduce. . . and as the health care plans and employers start to subsidize, people will buy it more," states Samer Hamadeh, CEO. As a highly successful entrepreneur, ZEEL's massage on demand service has already has done over 1 million massages, 3/4 of which are medically related, pain management issues. ZEEL's growth has been tremendous. Venus Williams recently joined their board, and they're currently in 6 core cities with hundreds more seeded in the last 3 years. Currently, ZEEL is raising their Series C $25M round. Listen now to learn about their future plans, the continued rise of their B2B business, current deals with Hyatt, Amex and healthcare plans, how the recovery space is no longer a "vitamin" but is becoming the "aspirin" (in VC speak) and more! 

Oct 08 2019 · 28mins
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DUBAI WORKS EP7 - Samer Hamadeh talks about his latest venture Akiba Dori

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Samer Hamadeh has been involved in businesses in Dubai since moving here from Beirut in 2003, whether movie productions, corporate events, nightly life or restaurants. He has been associated will much-loved venues like Republique, Stereo Arcade and most recently Akiba Dori. Samer tells us the inspiration behind the concepts, the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and what makes Dubai Design District the perfect location for Akiba Dori.

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Feb 19 2019 · 34mins
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#21: Budding wellness entrepreneurs, this episode is for you! Samer Hamadeh, founder + CEO of Zeel, the on-demand massage company, shares his many stories of success AND failure.

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Samer Hamadeh is the founder of the on-demand massage company, Zeel. As the first and leading on-demand massage company, Zeel delivers wellness benefits to customers nationwide through innovative technology and the power of massage – in as little as an hour. Yes, that means the masseuse comes to YOU – table and all. This game changing wellness-tech company is not Samer’s first rodeo – he is a true entrepreneur who has a long list of successful businesses under his belt. But they weren’t all successful from the beginning. We learn how Samer has navigated some almost-out-of-business moments and why he pivoted when he did. We can all take a few pages from Samer. 

Oh, and you’ll get $20 off your first Zeel massage when you have a listen and use the code HTWZEEL at checkout.

You’ll learn how Samer negotiated some very sticky situations while building his business and why he suggests NOT staying married to your original idea. He reassures us that ideas should evolve and that is a good thing – it does not make your fist idea wrong.

It’s Samer on strings! OK, so he studied violin for 12 years and went to school for chemical engineering, but that’s not the only reason we love this self-professed data geek. We love him because his humble nature and lack of ego allowed him to course-correct businesses that were on the verge of failure and get them back on track by letting them evolve into what they were meant to be. Zeel did not start off as an on-demand massage company, but that’s where it is today, and it’s crushing it.

Here's a bit of what we cover with Samer:

  • Samer is a true entrepreneur who does not suffer from Imposter Syndrome. Nor should he, with the amount of businesses under his belt.
  • His first business was selling marked up candy, which was eventually shut down due to lack of proper permitting -- middle school can be so cruel. In college, while studying chemical engineering and practicing violin, he started a textbook binding business. Um, swipe right, am I right, ladies?
  • …oh, and then in the 90s he started Vault.com, a job site for youths -- grew it to a cool $20 mil and sold it for about $75 million dollars. Like ya do.
  • The next genius business idea struck while taking a 3-month vacay in Paris with the fam. Must have been super romantic, because he and his wife, Alison, conceived yet another baby: Zeel.
  • We talk a lot about the secret to his success, but our favorite piece of advice: Don’t get married to your original idea – LET IT GO if it can grow in a different way. Evolution is good! Spoiler: Zeel did not start off as an on-demand massage concept.
  • We also talk about the ID verification system he created to make sure that their lovely masseuses don’t show up at some creepy dude (or dudette)'s house. Can this system be applied to online dating?
  • Zeel: Friend or Foe? Uber did not put taxis out of business and Zeel did not put spas out of business. Way to play nice everyone – gold stars all around!

SPECIAL OFFER FOR LISTENERS: Get $20 off your first Zeel massage when you have a listen and use the code HTWZEEL at checkout.

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Nov 21 2018 · 47mins
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Basel Meets Samer Hamadeh of Stereo Arcade

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Samer Hamadeh is a Dubai-based entrepreneur who is best known for premier Dubai night spot, Stereo Arcade. Samer talks to me about how we found the business and what other ventures he got into throughout the years. We also talk about video games. you gotta talk about video games amirrite!?

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Oct 18 2017 · 1hr 6mins