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Omar Koudsi

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Getting an economics degree from Brigham Young University (Utah, USA) did not stop Omar from getting heavily involved with the online world when it became mainstream in the U.S in the late nineties.
At the age of 20, and after experimenting with several models online and witnessing the rise and fall of several Internet giants, Omar and his friends launched Jeeran in 2000 during university.
He returned to Jordan a year after and worked at the family’s software development company and established the first Network Security Center in the region. In 2003, Jeeran started showing a lot of promise; Omar decided to work on it full time believing in the potential even though it had yet to start making revenue at the time.
Five years and two VC rounds later, latest investment being from Intel Capital, Jeeran is the largest User Generated Content portal in the Middle East with several offices in the region. It is also the online community of choice among top regional online advertisers in the region.
Jeeran is currently a team of 60+ people spread among three countries.
Omar currently spends most of his time leading the growth of Jeeran by filling in many shoes; typical of many entrepreneurs working on their startup.
He also enjoys participating in programs such as Injaz Leadership, which teaches university students about leadership and taking initiative. In weekends (most of them!), he is fully booked for his wife and two kids.