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Financial Times World Tech Founders is a new series on entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Founders talk about the rewards and challenges of starting up a business in countries such as Egypt, Tanzania and China.

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Financial Times World Tech Founders is a new series on entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Founders talk about the rewards and challenges of starting up a business in countries such as Egypt, Tanzania and China.

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FT World Tech Founders

Latest release on Nov 28, 2018

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Financial Times World Tech Founders is a new series on entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Founders talk about the rewards and challenges of starting up a business in countries such as Egypt, Tanzania and China.

Rank #1: Paytm challenges Amazon and Flipkart

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A shy schoolboy internet entrepreneur, hiding in the college computer centre, Vijay Shekhar Sharma went on to build a mobile payments company with more than 200m users. He says he never wanted to build Cisco, he says always wanted to build an Apple

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Mar 27 2018

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Rank #2: Free online 'crowd teaching' in Egypt

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The Egyptian educational system is heavily reliant on private tutoring, which puts huge financial pressure on families. FT correspondent Heba Saleh met up with Mostafa Farahat, who created his start up, Nafham, to provide students with online video lessons free of charge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 11 2017

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Rank #3: Ride-hailing service Grab in Indonesia is taking on the big boys

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We are talking to Hooi Ling Tan, the co-founder of one of Southeast Asia's biggest start-ups, mobile ride-hailing service Grab. Our Singapore correspondent, Jeevan Vasagar, discovers that it all started from her own experiences as a teenager. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Dec 13 2016

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Rank #4: Arabic language ebookstore finds readers but not payers

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Ammar Mardawi is discovering just how tricky it is to run an ebook business in the Middle East without customers being able to pay via electronic payments. FT contributor Burhan Wazir, met Mr Mardawi to find out more For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 15 2017

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Rank #5: Romania’s cyber security success

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In the 1950s, Romania was one of the pioneering countries developing computers. Programming skills still run deep and this is what inspired Florin Talpes to start Bitdefender, a cyber security company. But is Bitdefender an exception or simply the first sign of a growing tech ecosystem in the country? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 16 2017

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Rank #6: The woman turning Emiratis into entrepreneurs

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Najla Al Midfa is teaching young people in the United Arab Emirates how to start and run their own businesses

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #7: “Starting a business young is a bonus” says Kenyan tech pioneer

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Dorcas Muthoni on the opportunities in Silicon Savannah and how to avoid corruption 

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Jun 28 2018

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Rank #8: An app to change how Chinese students pick jobs

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Wendy Wu is hoping her new job and dating advice app Wonder Tech will help students pick jobs based on their passion and interest rather than simply on university entrance exam scores. The FT’s Beijing correspondent Yuan Yang met Ms Wu to find out more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 11 2017

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Rank #9: Ukrainian 3D-printed house takes on US market

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Conflict with Russia has not stopped a new crop of entrepreneurs finding funding, including Maxim Gerbut, the creator of the ultimate smart house

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May 30 2018

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Rank #10: ‘My boss said I would never work in remittances again’

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Growing up in Somaliland Ismail Ahmed saw first hand the difference that money transfers from migrant workers could make to families and the local economy. He went on to run a money transfer project as part of the UN Development Programme, but was fired after blowing the whistle on alleged corruption in the Somalia programme. Founding WorldRemit was a way for Mr Ahmed to get back into working in the money transfer business, which he believes can have a transformative effect on areas such as Somaliland.

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Jan 29 2018

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‘When I started, no one knew what a start-up was’

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Aktau, on the Caspian Sea, is far from being a tech hub. Yet one entrepreneur from Kazakhstan is changing that

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Nov 28 2018

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‘Africa should not copy and paste Silicon Valley’

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Ghanaian tech entrepreneur Ethel Cofie on the advantages of simple and cheap innovation

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Oct 29 2018

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What is it like running a ride hailing app in war-torn Syria?

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A talent pool of women programmers has helped two entrepreneurs solve the tricky problem of finding a taxi to take civilians between Syria and Lebanon

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Sep 28 2018

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'I was rejected 167 times'

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Communist party member and fintech founder Xu Zewei on the ups and downs of riding China’s start-up boom

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Aug 28 2018

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Bulgaria reverses the IT brain drain

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Bulgaria was once a centre for production of IT hardware for Soviet bloc countries. Now, as the tech hub of the Balkans, salaries are rising and more developers who moved away to earn better wages are returning home

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Jul 27 2018

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“Starting a business young is a bonus” says Kenyan tech pioneer

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Dorcas Muthoni on the opportunities in Silicon Savannah and how to avoid corruption 

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 28 2018

13mins

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Ukrainian 3D-printed house takes on US market

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Conflict with Russia has not stopped a new crop of entrepreneurs finding funding, including Maxim Gerbut, the creator of the ultimate smart house

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 30 2018

12mins

Play

The woman turning Emiratis into entrepreneurs

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Najla Al Midfa is teaching young people in the United Arab Emirates how to start and run their own businesses

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 26 2018

10mins

Play

Paytm challenges Amazon and Flipkart

Podcast cover
Read more

A shy schoolboy internet entrepreneur, hiding in the college computer centre, Vijay Shekhar Sharma went on to build a mobile payments company with more than 200m users. He says he never wanted to build Cisco, he says always wanted to build an Apple

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 27 2018

11mins

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Ukrainian migrants rev up Poland’s tech scene

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Poland has seen a surge in Ukrainian immigrant workers since fighting started in Ukraine in 2014. Among them are an increasing number of highly skilled migrants who are entering Poland’s technology industry. One of the start-up success stories is CallPage, which creates tools that help ecommerce companies increase sales by putting sales calls through to the people visiting their web pages.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 28 2018

11mins

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‘My boss said I would never work in remittances again’

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Read more

Growing up in Somaliland Ismail Ahmed saw first hand the difference that money transfers from migrant workers could make to families and the local economy. He went on to run a money transfer project as part of the UN Development Programme, but was fired after blowing the whistle on alleged corruption in the Somalia programme. Founding WorldRemit was a way for Mr Ahmed to get back into working in the money transfer business, which he believes can have a transformative effect on areas such as Somaliland.

For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 29 2018

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Cryptocurrency companies in Russia remain wary

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It is not a bad time to be a cryptocurrency business in the country at the moment, says Marina Guryeva, co-founder of Cyber Fund, since president Vladimir Putin has indicated he is unlikely to ban these activities. However, blockchain professionals are keeping a bag packed just in case.

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Nov 29 2017

14mins

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Arabic language ebookstore finds readers but not payers

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Ammar Mardawi is discovering just how tricky it is to run an ebook business in the Middle East without customers being able to pay via electronic payments. FT contributor Burhan Wazir, met Mr Mardawi to find out more For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Aug 15 2017

11mins

Play

An app to change how Chinese students pick jobs

Podcast cover
Read more
Wendy Wu is hoping her new job and dating advice app Wonder Tech will help students pick jobs based on their passion and interest rather than simply on university entrance exam scores. The FT’s Beijing correspondent Yuan Yang met Ms Wu to find out more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jul 11 2017

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Can tech start-ups help Belarus come in from the cold?

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It is said that a company from Belarus has to be twice as good to be taken seriously, even one referred to as Google for videos. Maija Palmer, a Special Reports commissioning editor, visited Minsk to find out why. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jun 13 2017

13mins

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Romania’s cyber security success

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In the 1950s, Romania was one of the pioneering countries developing computers. Programming skills still run deep and this is what inspired Florin Talpes to start Bitdefender, a cyber security company. But is Bitdefender an exception or simply the first sign of a growing tech ecosystem in the country? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

May 16 2017

14mins

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Free online 'crowd teaching' in Egypt

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Read more
The Egyptian educational system is heavily reliant on private tutoring, which puts huge financial pressure on families. FT correspondent Heba Saleh met up with Mostafa Farahat, who created his start up, Nafham, to provide students with online video lessons free of charge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Apr 11 2017

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There is much to learn from a failed start up believes one Moroccan entrepreneur

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Learning to play the piano on a boat in the middle of a storm. This is how serial entrepreneur Amine Azariz describes the challenges facing tech founders in Morocco.
FT reporter Siona Jenkins met up with Amine to find out more For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Mar 14 2017

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A Turkish operation is in the forefront of killing off the dreaded password

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SaasPass is in the forefront of developing ways to rid us all of the dreaded password. This San Francisco-based company has an extensive operation in Turkey. FT Correspondent Mehul Srivastava met its Turkish founder Sal Karatas to hear about the challenges tech companies face in Istanbul. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Feb 14 2017

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Jordanian start-up Mixed Dimensions takes the pain out of 3D printing

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3D printing has so far failed to live up to initial hype, but Mixed Dimensions is developing software that takes the pain out of the process. FT correspondent John Reed met up with co-founders Mo Taslaq and Baha Abunojaim to hear about the challenges of running a business that straddles Amman and Silicon Valley For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Jan 10 2017

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