Mohamed Ghaith of Zeew tells us how people can use the platform to create any kind of marketplace, fully white label.
Tell us about you, your career, and how you founded Zeew.
Mohamed Ghaith: I’m an Egyptian entrepreneur. I started coding at the age of 16 and created my first software for internet cafes which I started selling door to door in my city Alexandria.
I worked in finance for almost 4 years before founding my first company, “Drofie,” which was a selfie camera for the pocket which flies and is controlled by a smartphone. You can get more information about it from https://buydrofie.com/.
In 2017 I founded Zeew. We initially started the idea as a last-mile delivery company, where we deliver from cosmetics shops, book stores, restaurants, etc. Then we soon realized that it could be much bigger than that if we would focus solely on becoming a tech company rather than doing deliveries on our own, and that was the moment of pivot when we started to grow.
Do you have small habits that made a meaningful impact on your life and business?
Mohamed Ghaith: Sure, I try to keep the start of my day as consistent as possible. I usually wake up around 5 AM, make a coffee and listen to 1 summary of 1 book a day. That helped me a lot in gaining knowledge and starting my day motivated. Then I would start with the big tasks I have on my list for the next 3-4 hours uninterrupted. And that’s the most productive time of the day for me when I get important things done. Then the rest of the day consists of meetings with the team and other stakeholders. In the evenings I usually go for walks, and on the weekends I try not to work if I can.
How does Zeew market its product/services online?
Mohamed Ghaith: We learned that Google AdWords is the most effective way from all the other methods we have tried, so we are mainly using it at the moment. However, we plan to launch Zeew Academy soon, which will have a weekly podcast with other entrepreneurs who are currently running their businesses on the Zeew platform to tell us about their challenges and growth. It would be more educational content for future clients.
What is your hiring policy/process, and how do you retain your employees?
Mohamed Ghaith: The right hiring is a very important aspect that we pay close attention to. We try to hire skilled and motivated people and make sure they actually fit the company’s culture, not only skills but the wellings to learn and grow, people with ambitions and a growth mindset, and those who have a “get it done” attitude.
How are you funding your growth?
Mohamed Ghaith: Through our sales, that’s the first part also, we raised $600K from VCs & Angels so far and currently have an open round which we plan to close in June 2022. It’s about 60% filled, and we will announce details on time.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Mohamed Ghaith: There are indeed many competitors, and that’s a good thing, but we are different in the sense of scalability. Throughout the years in business, we learned that clients enjoy the freedom of building their apps like a lego, no app is the like other with Zeew. You can drag-drop sliders and build a different app each time for your customers, which sets us apart from the competition. Also, our system contains a last-mile delivery module, which competitors ask you to pay for that separately or connect to a third party.
Tell us a customer success story of yours.
Mohamed Ghaith: One of our clients from Mexico got acquired 2 months ago. They were operating on our system for 2 and half years, which was a great achievement for us as a stable platform that businesses could rely on.
Your final thoughts?
Mohamed Ghaith: Entrepreneurship is a journey of faith and persistence. Keep pushing boundaries every day, and create products that people use.