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Ahmed Al-darwish
Serial entrepreneur

What do you do? Tell us a bit about your venture.

I'm involved in a few companies that I’m really excited about. I’m the co-founder of Oxdigi, a Dubai based social media company that focuses on connecting F&B businesses digitally. Asoni Haus, a lifestyle management company with four offices globally and over 170 members and, last but not least, I ad-hock raise capital from the Middle East for alternative private equity fund managers with a company called Greenstone. Also, I hold a few board positions in companies advising them on how to grow their business in the Middle East. So yeah, enough to keep me busy and occupied.

What is your motivation for becoming an entrepreneur?

To create value, make an impact and the sense of accomplishment and substance.

How many hours do you work a day, on average?

Entrepreneurs are always working and alert to opportunity.

What was the best advice you got when you were just starting?

Work hard, be honest and enjoy it.

What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs?

Passion. Perseverance. Patience.

Do you believe there is a formula to becoming a successful business owner?

There is no one single formula. There are various different attributes you need to have and some are listed above.

What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?

The eye to see opportunity and take risk.

What are your hobbies?

Love playing football and watching football my beloved Arsenal FC.

Travelling.

Why would you recommend EYES?

Because it’s a family of talented trustworthy people that are hungry for success and great to be around.