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The AstroLabs Co-working Community in JLT is a thriving hub of budding entrepreneurs. We sat down with Mr Youssef Khattar, Cofounder and CEO of Tejara.me.
Tell us a little bit about your business.
Tejara.me is the region’s first business connection platform designed to help SMEs and MENA professionals regain business momentum and growth. It provides unrestricted access to engage with the whole community, not just your connections. It also highlights business opportunities, as well as helps prospective clients find your business with ease. The platform, by design, alleviates the pressure of price cutting, allowing companies and professionals to negotiate projects based on expertise, experience, and quality. So, if you’re looking for business success, Tejara.me is your perfect match.
What brought you to Dubai?
As a budding entrepreneur, Dubai is the place to be. In recent years, it has become a hub for the majority of the world’s tech companies. With its nurturing nature towards start-ups, it is the ideal choice to start and grow your business in the MENA region.
What attracted you to AstroLabs?
If I had to sum it up to one word, I would say convenience. AstroLabs offers an attractive and affordable plan for start-ups not only in terms of cost but are also a strong foundation for your establishment process. This is evident through the many success stories that were born in AstroLabs.
What’s the biggest learning from your experience at AstroLabs coworking community?
As a start-up, your two biggest challenges are cost-cutting and networking. How do you make the most of the resources that you have available and where do you meet the right people. AstroLabs provided a solution for both. It gave me the opportunity to cut off a lot of expenses while at the same time allowing me the privilege of connecting with other startups, learning from their experiences, and exchanging feedback and ideas. Working at the AstroLabs Co-working Community has provided me with a different perspective to starting a new business.
What did you accomplish in the last few months?
The last few months have been full of exciting developments for me as an entrepreneur. The biggest accomplishment was the launch of the Tejara platform. We would love to hear your feedback, please visit us at www.tejara.me and share with us your thoughts.
Name someone in the community who has inspired you.
There are so many successful and inspirational entrepreneurs that you meet at the AstroLabs Coworking Community, each with their own fascinating story. It is impossible to pick just one from the lot; they’ve all resonated with me in one way or another.
What has been your biggest challenge with regards to your business in the past year?
Covid-19 pandemic has been a major challenge for most businesses around the globe, be it small start-up or MNCs. In addition to that, we faced other hurdles in the form of finding funding, expanding our network and even recruiting potential partners.
What are your goals for 2021? What does success look like to you?
My goal for this year is to grow Tejara within the MENA region and work towards increasing our traction. I also aim to expand our partnership community and elevate it to the next level.
How did you “make it happen”?
It took everything. Planning, Setting Goals, Consistency, Passion, Focus, Determination and much more. I put my life and soul into creating Tejara, whether it was searching tirelessly for resources or exhausting every possibility that could provide additional value for the business. My advice to every entrepreneur looking to establish their start-up would be to “dare to dream big” and believe in your ability to make it happen. If you work diligently towards your goal and keep a positive mindset, you can achieve anything you set yourself to.
What’s one thing about the community that no one knows?
On days that you are not feeling your best, or when things are slow and not going as planned, you can always find that one smiling face that helps lift you up. They support your ideas, brainstorm further solutions and encourage you to never give up.
What hour do you feel you’re most productive?
I do my best work in the early morning when it’s peaceful all around and I can really sit down and focus on the task at hand.
Name 3 things you love about the AstroLabs community?
A very convenient location which makes commuting easy, the flexibility of space and the vast resources they provide.
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