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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

"We want Geeks to be the region's go-to platform"

A quick Q&A with Geeks co-founders Mousa Yassin and Fathi Al Sharif on how they got off the ground, and what's next

Who first invested in your venture?

We bootstrapped ourselves for the first 18 months, then we received $600,000 of seed funding from Wamda Capital, Equitrust and Rabea Ataya, the chief executive of regional recruitment website Bayt.com.

What already successful start-up do you wish you had started?

In the region, I really admire start-ups such as Bayzat and BitOasis. But if you ask me what company I wish I had started? It has to be Geeks.

What is your next big dream to make happen?

We want Geeks to be the go-to platform in the region that will help your business succeed without having to worry about your IT needs.

What new skills have you learnt in the process of launching your start-up?

Oh, everything! We had experience and thought we knew all about business, but you learn so much when starting up yourself — how to motivate the people you are working with, how to set up and monitor your budget, how to market yourself, how to keep customers happy, you name it.

Geeks

Started: 2014

Founders: Mousa Yassin and Fathi Al Sharif

Sector: IT

Size: 260 employees

Stage: bridge

Principal investors: Wamda Capital, Equitrust, Rabea Ataya

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