Q&A WITH NOUR AL­NAH­HAS

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What suc­cess­ful startup do you wish you had started? A

With the help of my amaz­ing team we are ac­tu­ally achiev­ing the things we dreamt about. Nybl was our dream and we’ve turned that dream into a re­al­ity.

What new skills have you learnt from launch­ing your ven­ture?

The list is al­most end­less be­cause ev­ery day is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when you are launch­ing your own ven­ture. Fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, man­ag­ing re­la­tion­ships and ex­pec­ta­tions, rais­ing cap­i­tal, build­ing your team; you have to work your way through all of these things day in and day out. But the two most im­por­tant are strat­egy and plan­ning. If you don’t plan, you plan to fail. That doesn’t mean ev­ery­thing will go as planned. On the con­trary, things al­most never go as planned. But in sit­ting down and work­ing out a strat­egy and a plan with your team, you have set a path that can be mod­i­fied as things change.

If you could do it all again, what would you do dif­fer­ently?

I would have started off in the UAE from day one. We started in other parts of the GCC and the US. But it was Dubai that gave us the sup­port and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that have brought us to where we are today.

What is your next big dream? For now it is to make Nybl the lead­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence com­pany in the Mid­dle East, and the next uni­corn. In­ter­nally we call it our “path to $1 bil­lion”. It’s not re­ally about val­u­a­tion, but more about achiev­ing what we set out to achieve, which is be­com­ing the best AI com­pany in the re­gion the pro­vides the high­est value to their clients.

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