Startup Grind hosts Ala Al­sal­lal, founder and CEO of Ja­malon

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Startup Oman (­tupo­, the sul­tanate's only on­line plat­form cre­ated by en­trepreneurs for en­trepreneurs and the des­ig­nated chap­ter of Startup Grind in Oman, hosted Startup Grind on July 30.

Startup Grind was hosted by In­no­va­tion Fac­tory as the event part­ner and Wadi Ac­cel­er­a­tor as the ex­clu­sive lo­cal spon­sor.

Fea­tured on Startup Grind’s stage was Ala Al­sal­lal, Ja­malon founder and CEO, the largest on­line store for Ara­bic and English books in the MENA re­gion, of­fer­ing more than 10mn ti­tles with world­wide de­liv­ery.

Ja­malon’s ul­ti­mate aim is to de­velop from an e-com­merce of­fer­ing for books into a dis­rup­tor of the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try in the MENA re­gion by en­abling au­thors and IP rights own­ers to by­pass the dys­func­tional re­gional pub­lish­ing in­dus­try and ac­cess the full value chain for pub­lish­ing in­clud­ing print­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and dis­cov­ery.

Al­sal­lal has worked on web de­vel­op­ment projects since 2004, and he has been work­ing to ad­min­is­ter the trans­la­tion process of Word­ into Ara­bic since 2006. As an un­der­grad­u­ate, he su­per­vised a team of vol­un­teers who trans­lated ‘Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows’ into Ara­bic.

Over 50 en­trepreneurs, stu­dents and young pro­fes­sion­als joined the event at In­no­va­tion Fac­tory space in Knowl­edge Oa­sis to hear Al­sal­lal’s story of en­trepreneur­ship.

His rec­om­men­da­tion for en­trepreneurs look­ing to open an e- com­merce busi­ness is to fo­cus on a niche mar­ket and spe­cialise in the full sup­ply chain.

He said that this en­ables merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions as well as ex­its.

“We are thrilled to fea­ture such an ex­pe­ri­enced tech en­tre­pre­neur on the Startup Grind stage,” said Startup Oman co­founder Ali Daud.

Startup Oman is back with Cari­bou Chats on Au­gust 9 and an­other edi­tion of Startup Grind on Au­gust 20.

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