IGNITING THE MOBILE
REVOLUTION IN MENA
Strictly Confidential
ALZWAD Mobile Services
Yalla Startup Weekend
Beirut , 13th No...
Introduction
 Ziad W. Aly Founder & CEO of ALZWAD Mobile
Services (ZMS)
 25 yrs of experience… and I De-learn and Relear...
Mobile Trends
 Maturing Users are ready for new services
 New Trends in Fixed have exploded
 Social Networks
 Music & ...
Mobile Will Be Bigger Than Desktop Internet
in 5 Years … for MENA its sooner
Regional Trends
 200m Users and growing
 Mobile Broadband 3G is in almost all Markets
 Competition is increasing in Mob...
7
All Stake
Holders are
Unhappy
Customer
Unmet
Needs
Entrepreneurs,
Apps & Content
Developers 
Competitive
Mobile
Landsca...
Decided to sacrifice the Fat
Paycheck to Start a Revolution
 ZMS founded in Feb 2009
 Experienced Board Members includin...
ZMS Challenging the Status Quo and
Going where No one has ever gone
We’ve Established The Cookie
Cutter
 ME is Completely FREE to the User
 Developed in collaboration with
Leading Regional...
Our BHAG
11
Achieve target of 3 million
subscribers in 5 Markets by 2013
Talent Magnet
•World Class Mgmt
•Outsource Dev. t...
Where to find “ME”
 www.me3almobile.com
 Me3almobile -
Facebook
 @Me3almobile -Twitter
www.me3almobile.com
My Message to You
 Explore , be Curious .. Twitter, Mashable, Tech Crunch, etc….
 Follow your Passion
 Have Courage , i...
Thank You
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  1. 1. IGNITING THE MOBILE REVOLUTION IN MENA Strictly Confidential ALZWAD Mobile Services Yalla Startup Weekend Beirut , 13th November, 2010
  2. 2. Introduction  Ziad W. Aly Founder & CEO of ALZWAD Mobile Services (ZMS)  25 yrs of experience… and I De-learn and Relearn every day  Serial Entrepreneur  Fashion Retailing  IT Services  Restaurants & Catering  Furniture Manufacturing  Many, many more  Senior Positions in Several Multinationals  IBM , Aramex & Vodafone
  3. 3. Mobile Trends  Maturing Users are ready for new services  New Trends in Fixed have exploded  Social Networks  Music & Video especially User Generated content  e-Commerce  Cloud Processing  High Speed Mobile Internet (eg. LTE) enabling many new services  Location Based Services are gaining  Mobile Advertising will follow the eye balls
  4. 4. Mobile Will Be Bigger Than Desktop Internet in 5 Years … for MENA its sooner
  5. 5. Regional Trends  200m Users and growing  Mobile Broadband 3G is in almost all Markets  Competition is increasing in Mobile eroding margins  Arabic content is still very poor  Mobile Operators Revenue Sharing Models are 50:50  Credit Cards are not widely used and e/m- payment is not yet regulated  Friends & Family / Social Network is important
  6. 6. 7 All Stake Holders are Unhappy Customer Unmet Needs Entrepreneurs, Apps & Content Developers  Competitive Mobile Landscape Serious issues are blocking the Mobile Revolution
  7. 7. Decided to sacrifice the Fat Paycheck to Start a Revolution  ZMS founded in Feb 2009  Experienced Board Members including 2 VCs  Sawari Ventures (Ahmed Alfi + Hany El Sonbaty)  Mena Ventures ( Fadi Ghandour & Arif Naqvi)  Ex. Senior Vodafone Group Executives (Devin Brougham & Ziad Aly)  .. and world class management team  Challenging the Status Quo
  8. 8. ZMS Challenging the Status Quo and Going where No one has ever gone
  9. 9. We’ve Established The Cookie Cutter  ME is Completely FREE to the User  Developed in collaboration with Leading Regional Companies  Partnered with many Content and Service Providers (eg. Rotana, Americana, etc…)  Launched with Mobinil 10 Wks ago.  Introduced new Brick and Mortar Go-To- Market  Approaching 150K+ Users
  10. 10. Our BHAG 11 Achieve target of 3 million subscribers in 5 Markets by 2013 Talent Magnet •World Class Mgmt •Outsource Dev. to best in breed partners •Empowering early stage Entrepreneurs • Incubate young Talent Regional Expansion •Already moving to our 2nd Market by Y.E. 2010 •2 More Markets by end 2011 & 2 by end of 2012 •Localize content for every market •Develop Local Sales Team Long Tail •ME is just an example •We will Open up for Others •Focus on a wide variety of Genres with LBS and Social at the Center •Encourage and Enable Publishers •User Generated Content
  11. 11. Where to find “ME”  www.me3almobile.com  Me3almobile - Facebook  @Me3almobile -Twitter www.me3almobile.com
  12. 12. My Message to You  Explore , be Curious .. Twitter, Mashable, Tech Crunch, etc….  Follow your Passion  Have Courage , its always brighter on the other side  Be Flexible – Like WAER … The end is not in mind!!  Expand the box – Use as many friends as you can  Create a TRIBE … have a FOLLOWING  Be Paranoid - Expect Failure and learn how to avoid  Prevail , Persist, try Hard, Keep going ….You will get there  Enjoy the ride Yalla StartUp!!
  13. 13. Thank You

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