Thu, 7 October 2021
In this episode, Hall welcomes Kareem Elsirafy, Managing Partner at Modus Capital.
Founded in 2016, they have offices in New York, Cairo, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Their team consists of international experts spanning across six countries and four continents, bringing together marketers, developers, designers, and operators.
Kareem is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with extensive strategic and operating experience in early-stage tech. Having dedicated almost two decades of his career toward technological solutions for business and social complications, Kareem believes in the power of technology to drive positive returns for social impact and business initiatives. Kareem is a United States Marine Corps veteran and holds multiple degrees from Columbia University including BAs in Political Science, Economics, and Middle Eastern Studies, and an Executive MBA in Technology Management from Columbia as well.
Most recently, Kareem held executive roles at various NYC-based companies providing strategic advisory and execution for various public institutions including the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Departments of State, in addition to notable private corporations such as Google, MetLife, IMG, Ally Bank, Pepsi, and Citibank.
In 2011, Kareem co-founded and built Uniteus.com, a network care coordination SaaS platform that initially helped military veterans transition to civilian life and expanded to the entire U.S. Health and Human Services industry raising over $195.3 M in total capital at a $1.65 BN valuation. Kareem also founded M1 Marketing Firm in 2007 which exited for 22x in 2009.
Kareem discusses his investment thesis and how the VC industry is evolving in the Middle East and North Africa. He advises startups and investors and shares some of the challenges they face.
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