CAE 010: Running a Startup During A Revolution with Ahmed Shabana of Agzakhana

Business, Entrepreneurism, Mindset, Social Enterprise
Running a Startup During A Revolution with Ahmed Shabana of Agzakhana This week we speak with Ahmed Shabana who, in 2006, founded Agzakhana, the Middle East’s first online pharmacy serving the Egyptian market. He’s now the lead at Parkpine Capital – a medical tech venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. They focus on businesses that create value impact with validated technology products in Healthcare, Commerce, Payments, and Wearables. I met Ahmed as he was passing through Bali a few week’s ago and invited him to share his story with us. Ahmed will talk about how he went from pharmacist to entrepreneur to VC guy and what it was like operating during the Arab spring, earning him the title of “Egyptian Revolution Entrepreneur” by the Wall street Journal. Aside from…
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CAE 008: How To Build a Social Enterprise with Kai Stober Paul of Indosole

Business, Entrepreneurism, Podcast, Social Enterprise
Kai Stober Paul on How To Build a Sustainable Social Enterprise In one of our most honest conversations yet, Kai Stober Paul, Vice President of Indosole, recounts how he and Indosole founder, Kyle Parsons built one of the most unique footwear brands in existence. For the past 5 years, they have worked to create a social business with the mission to remove all disposed tires from circulation. This is his story of how Kai went from high-rise builder in San Francisco to recycled shoe mogul. An economic freeze helped him realize that he literally reached the pinnacle of his industry and needed to do something different – which took him back to Indonesia – his birthplace and childhood home. He later joined the fledgling Indosole team as a side hustle while working for a…
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