World Tech Founders

It is said that a company from Belarus has to be twice as good to be taken seriously, even one referred to as Google for videos. Maija Palmer, a Special Reports commissioning editor, visited Minsk to find out why.

 

In the 1950s, Romania was one of the pioneering countries developing computers. Programming skills still run deep and this is what inspired Florin Talpes to start Bitdefender, a cyber security company. But is Bitdefender an exception or simply the first sign of a growing tech ecosystem in the country?

 

The Egyptian educational system is heavily reliant on private tutoring, which puts huge financial pressure on families. FT correspondent Heba Saleh met up with Mostafa Farahat, who created his start up, Nafham, to provide students with online video lessons free of charge.

 

Learning to play the piano on a boat in the middle of a storm. This is how serial entrepreneur Amine Azariz describes the challenges facing tech founders in Morocco.
FT reporter Siona Jenkins met up with Amine to find out more

 

SaasPass is in the forefront of developing ways to rid us all of the dreaded password. This San Francisco-based company has an extensive operation in Turkey. FT Correspondent Mehul Srivastava met its Turkish founder Sal Karatas to hear about the challenges tech companies face in Istanbul.

 

3D printing has so far failed to live up to initial hype, but Mixed Dimensions is developing software that takes the pain out of the process. FT correspondent John Reed met up with co-founders Mo Taslaq and Baha Abunojaim to hear about the challenges of running a business that straddles Amman and Silicon Valley

 

We are talking to Hooi Ling Tan, the co-founder of one of Southeast Asia’s biggest start-ups, mobile ride-hailing service Grab. Our Singapore correspondent, Jeevan Vasagar, discovers that it all started from her own experiences as a teenager.

 

The ‘India stack’, the digitising of identities and bank accounts, will help people out of poverty, say these two tech billionaires. FT reporter David Keohane caught up with them both in Mumbai.

 

Financial Times World Tech Founders is a new series on entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Founders talk about the rewards and challenges of starting up a business in countries such as Egypt, Tanzania and China.