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Skill Level Beginner
- This is an audio course. No need to watch, just listen. Welcome to the latest edition to Linkedin Learning, podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections. Use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn and we'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - I'm Dana Ballout - And I'm Heather Fischer. - And you're listening to al empire. (gentle music) It went viral, it was everywhere. I used to send my father, "You will see one day. I will make a film and I will go to Cannes." (laughs) - I felt insulted. I was like, "Where's my audience?" - I didn't go to therapy. I think I should (echoes). (gentle music continues) - This is al empire. Stories of exceptional Arabs around the world, and their journey to the top (echoes). (soft music) - Today, we have a founder and actually Mona is someone I met many years ago in the startup circles in Dubai at a mentoring event for entrepreneurs. And I remember being struck when I first saw her because we were in a room of like a hundred entrepreneurs, and she was the only female mentor there. And we've talked about this on the first season of al empire, how few female run startups there are globally, particularly in the Middle East. As of 2019, the number of female-run startups in the region that had raised investment for example, for their companies, was 5%. And K.C. is a part of that 5%, woo-hoo! - Today we're chatting with Mona Ataya. Mona is a serial entrepreneur, first with a company called Bayt.com back in 2000 which became the Middle East leading job search site. And then again in 2011 when she started running Mumzworld, the biggest online baby store in the Middle East. She's a mom and a badass founder. She's been named Forbes Top 10 Arab Women two years running, and Arabian Businesses 100 Most Powerful Arabs. - So I met Mona at our studio in Dubai early one weekday morning and we started off the way we always do, with an easy question to check volume levels. (piano music) Can you tell me what you had for breakfast? - This coffee that you see on my left. That's my breakfast (laughs). - I have a chocolate, would you like a chocolate (laughs)? - No, no, no, no, no, thank you (laughs). - You do always have chocolate in your bag. - Always, yeah, there are these almond butter cups. It comes in a purple wrapping and I always have at least two in my backpack.