A Decade In Review: Loulou Khazen Baz, Founder, Conversations with Loulou And Spade Ventures

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“A decade is a very long time,” says Loulou Khazen Baz, as she displays on her profession trajectory from when she was featured in Entrepreneur Center East for the primary time in its June 2014 problem, to her most up-to-date look in its July 2023 version.

Again then, she was the founding father of the Arab world’s first on-line employment market, Nabbesh (which she exited in 2020); right now, she stays a vital a part of the area’s startup ecosystem, be it in her position because the founding father of the funding syndicate known as Spade Ventures, or because the creator of the favored podcast titled Conversations with Loulou, and even as an advisor to simply about anybody looking for to be part of this explicit enviornment of enterprise.

And if all of what she does right now hasn’t made it clear already, Khazen Baz stays as enthralled and excited by entrepreneurship as she ever was. “One factor that hasn’t modified is my ardour in the direction of entrepreneurship, and my entry to wonderful individuals constructing nice corporations,” she says. “I’ll proceed to make use of that entry to attach alternatives with people who find themselves aspiring to be a part of the startup ecosystem, not essentially as founders, however as supporters, enablers, traders. I can safely say that studying is a key driver for me, and there’s no higher place to be taught than from working with or alongside entrepreneurs.”

After all, Khazen Baz has learnt loads from her personal undertakings too. “I have been by many ups and downs,” she admits. “I discovered loads from constructing a startup whose time hasn’t come, however I get a variety of satisfaction from figuring out that till right now, I nonetheless meet individuals who have used, and both employed somebody or discovered a job by it. I’ve additionally discovered to take care of the dilemma of ‘shifting on,’ and going by the method of exiting my enterprise. I’ve discovered to make exhausting selections, after which discovered to dwell with these decisions- the latter took some time although! I’ve additionally discovered to benefit from the thrills of beginning once more, be it when constructing Conversations with Loulou, which continues to develop throughout the area, and attain the highest 10 within the enterprise and entrepreneurship segments, or when constructing Spade Ventures, which has made investments in stellar startups! I’ve discovered to seek out the self-discipline to maintain constructing, the power to do issues alone, and from scratch. And I’ve additionally discovered that success is not essentially measured by my financial institution account- understanding that has been liberating!”

Supply: Conversations with Loulou

On a private stage, Khazen Baz says she has chosen to change into much more analytical -and considerably cynical- about what individuals say. “I’ve discovered -the exhausting way- that we’ve too many individuals who like to inform a very good story, however no intention to observe by!” she explains. “So, I now put much more emphasis on myself, and far much less on others. The expectation is thus all the time low, and this manner, something optimistic is a plus!”

It’s thereby armed with this data that Khazen Baz has set herself new objectives to appreciate within the decade to come back. “I’m very excited and obsessed with constructing an entrepreneurship data hub by Conversations with Loulou to assist entrepreneurs and folks in different professions perceive the worth that entrepreneurs deliver, and garner extra appreciation to the position they play,” Khazen Baz shares. “I’m additionally very obsessed with encouraging the center/senior administration of corporates to take part within the startup ecosystem by investing in promising startups. We should be taught to help and allow native entrepreneurs, as they construct their startups and scale regionally and internationally, and my objective is to be the conduit that channels funds and know-how into the startup ecosystem. In 10 years, I see Spade Ventures taking part in a outstanding position in enabling entrepreneurs throughout a number of phases within the lifecycles of their startups by offering them with know-how by way of advisory and funding. And I would hopefully be bringing high international and regional voices on Conversations with Loulou, in whichever format the know-how allows- the objective could be to create data, insights, and abundance for individuals!”

Associated: A Decade In Evaluation: Soukaina Rachidi Alaoui, Founder, RisalatComm

Hindisight is 20/20: Then-Versus-Now With Loulou Khazen Baz
Trying again on the stage of your entrepreneurial/profession/enterprise trajectory you had been in 10 years in the past, is there something you’d do in another way figuring out what now? Alternatively, what is the greatest lesson you would like you’d identified 10 years in the past?

“The largest lesson I want I would identified 10 years in the past is to belief your intestine, and to make selections with out overthinking- in the event that they transform the incorrect selections, then so be it! It’s nonetheless certainly an effective way to be taught. I will even add to all the time have a bias for motion, as time is the one useful resource that’s depleted day by day.”

Associated: A Decade In Evaluation: Iman Ben Chaibah, Founder, Sail Publishing

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