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Noor Al-Thani Going Big!

She is in her twenties and loves designing clothes and photography. Her favorite fashion icons are old Hollywood glamour figures like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Grace Kelly. This might sound like any other girl and you’ve probably assumed that she lives somewhere in the Western world, but she doesn’t.

Her name is Noor Al-Thani and she’s a Qatari that wears an ‘Abaya’ like most Middle Eastern women.

After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Al-Thani became a fashion designer and was the first to be featured in a Rome fashion show. She has gotten a lot of international exposure and established business relations with several celebrities like Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, Blake Lively and Leighton Meester. Her idea started with launching a blog and later evolved to become “HauteMuse” a magazine and fashion event company.

Noor Al-Thani is grabbing an increasing stream of media spotlight, but mainly she’s sending an important message for Arab women. Noor is a role model; an entrepreneur who silences the voice of doubt in the minds of Arab women that are pursuing their dreams disregarding their stone aged cultural restrictions.

Start says, Empower women through Entrepreneurship!


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IF –

We want to share with you this poem, written by the famous poet Rudyard Kipling who was a pioneer in English Literature and also received the 1907 Noble Prize. He is best known for the fiction story Jungle Book, which we’ve all read as we were kids!

We hope you find this poem encouraging and inspiring! Enjoy!

IF –

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

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The Five Elements of a Modern Business

If you happen to be following the news, whether it is related to social, business or cultural issues; there is a clear trend happening in all sorts of fields of the professional world. And that trend mainly revolves around people, ethics and heresy.

After admiring the accomplishments of Google, Apple, Zappos, Facebook,Virgin Group and many other top companies, one can’t help but to think about how these companies keep us by surprise with their attractive products and the ability to maintain their customers’ loyalty.

Well here are five key elements that  are now essential for businesses and especially start-ups:

  1. The Vision: These companies have done well for themselves because of what they believe they are supposed to do and become, their mission. The company’s vision keeps the fire burning and the urge to achieve excellence. The more it is based on people and social benefits, the higher the gains.
  2. The Product: Whether it’s a customer service or a tangible product, the quality of the product a company is dealing with should never be compromised with the cost of producing it. A good product keeps the customer happy and strengthens the buyer/seller relationship.
  3. Business Culture: This part of the company is becoming more appealing for senior executives because of its long-term/hidden yet amazing effects. The culture of the workplace elevates employees’ satisfactory levels and become stress-free. When the employees are content, their productivity shoots up. They way the company treats its employees is the way they will treat its customers!
  4. Leadership: Promoting leadership within an organization requires no title, and that idea by itself is extremely important for development and growth. When leadership is encouraged from bottom to top, each person feels responsible and performs their tasks to the fullest.
  5. Unorthodoxy: Weird is good. Unorthodoxy in a company makes it unique which adds to the company’s character and value. Unorthodox approaches offer solutions to problems that sometimes can’t be solved with traditional and conventional methods. Unorthodoxy is also a complement of innovation and leadership.

These five elements are key insights to help in shaping a business’ identity and apparently they seem to work beautifully! If you still have your doubts just check out Google’s headquarters!

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Carlos Ghosn featured in Those Who Made It!

Working his way up for 18 years for Europe’s largest tire maker Michelin, to running two of biggest automakers Renault – Nissan, Carlos Ghosn known as “Le Cost Killer” was able to take Nissan from a $5.6 billion loss to in 2000 to this year’s $2.5 billion profit.

He is born on March 9, 1954 to Lebanese parents and studied in France. He is fluent in English, French, Arabic, Portuguese and catching up in Japanese. Not only is he the CEO and president of Nissan and Renault, but also on the board of Alcoa, Sony and IBM.

Carlos “Samurai” Ghosn is the quintessential international businessman. He is viewed as a savior for reviving Nissan to the extent that he became an actual super hero for the biweekly Japanese comic book “Big Comic Superior”.

Although he leads a very busy lifestyle, he always makes time for his family. Ghosn also stresses on making all employees at Nissan’s new Advanced Technology Center in Yokohama, Japan leave no later than 8 pm to avoid possible workaholism.

It’s time to run your life the Carlos Ghosn way and become your own boss!

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