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<h1 class="page__title">Hello!</h1>
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<p>I’m Omar Kassim, an eternally optimistic technology enterpreneur!</p>
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<h2>Work</h2>
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I work at <a href="https://nomod.com" target="_blank">Nomod</a>, a new digital challenger bank for MENA and South Asia.
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I previously founded JadoPado, an e-commerce marketplace platform
that <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/emirates-technology-jadopado-idUSL8N1ID1GK" target="_blank">we exited to Noon.com in May 2017</a>.
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I have also spent time working in and building out my family business, <a href="https://esanjo.com" target="_blank">Esanjo Ventures</a>, a trading, investment and technology business, that we use for most of our activities in the region.
<h2>Writing</h2>
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I recently consolidated my more analytical posts covering regional startups over at <a href="https://varhunt.com" target="_blank">Varhunt</a> such as my <a href="https://varhunt.com/diving-into-careems-cap-table/" target="_blank">dive into Careem's cap table</a> or this <a href="https://varhunt.com/whats-hiding-behind-noons-beta/" target="_blank">crazy long post digging into Noon.com's beta</a>.
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Varhunt is my place for formal work content, whilst personal content, and idle thoughts and ideas sit on this site.
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I also occassionaly write elsewhere such as this piece in Entreprenuer Middle East about <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283586" target="_blank">how we went about building JadoPado</a>. </p>
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<h2>Speaking</h2>
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I generally avoid doing events (the Internet is an incredibly efficient teacher), but do turn up when necessary.
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I am however happy to speak publicly
when the right opportunity arise or if I think it may be fun to do so!
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<h3 class="smalltitle">Previous Topics</h3>
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<li><a href="https://speakerdeck.com/omarkassim/cityscape-conference-2017-blockchain-plus-real-estate" target="_blank">Blockchain + Real Esate</a>, <small>2017</small></li>
<li><a href="https://youtu.be/qbw2TTofVJ4?t=1392" target="_blank">The Dominance of the Marketplace</a>, <small>2015</small></li>
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If you think it may be fun to have me speak at an upcoming event, please feel free to reach out!
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It's easiest to contact me on <a href="{{ author.social.twitter.url }}">Twitter</a> or if you really really need to, you <a href="mailto:{{ author.email | obfuscate | safe }}">can email me</a>.
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