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UAE newspaper The National has featured Endeavor Entrepreneur Zafer Younis in an article, “A silicon oasis blooms in Jordan”.
The article sheds lights on Zafer’s entrepreneurial career, including the struggles that came with beginning his efforts at such a young age:
Mr Younis, 31, is a co-founder and the chief executive of Play 99.6 FM, the country’s first independent English-language radio station, which was launched in 2004. He is also a self-proclaimed ambassador of social media, technology and all things online. Since the launch of the station – he applied for a licence when he was just 16 – he has gone on to launch Modern Media, a marketing and events company and The Online Project (TOP), which applies social media tools to business.
Times have changed since he struggled to get noticed, Mr Younis says, and the current ease of securing the support and funding required for a new technology business has led to a stream of internet-based companies in Jordan.
“Seven years ago when we wanted to start our own business, we were laughed at [because we were so young]…Everyone said you need at least 10 years of experience. Access to funding was nearly impossible back then. There is a huge difference in appetite between when we launched Play FM and when we launched TOP two years ago. Today, you can see well-established businessmen sitting with young entrepreneurs helping them develop their ideas.”
The article, which also quotes other young Jordanian “idea entrepreneurs”, can be found here.
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