Motaz Essa

Motaz Essa

Biz developer (33)
Cairo, Egypt

About me

Biz developer
Motaz Essa
Developer, Marketer

I am (usually!) a visionary who's good at strategy, planning, business development and spotting new business opportunities. I am an INTJ with a solid technical background and a result oriented management style. Unlike what most people think, I do prefer teamwork, but also have absolutely no issues working independently if I have to. It depends on who I am working with. I love working as a team with brilliant people. I seem to have low tolerance for inefficiency though.

I posses many startup skills such as marketing, sales, time management, project management, bilingual skills, communications skills... I just do whatever it takes, a generalist at heart, with a laser focus on technical stuff.

I've been involved in business since I was 18 which was the first time I ever got paid for a project: a small piece of software I coded in Visual Basic. Since then, I invested in learning programming so I taught myself both Visual Basic and Delphi/Pascal. I also have some PHP/MySQL(i), HTML(5), CSS(3), JavaScript, jQuery, Dreamweaver & C# ASP.NET background. Playing with code is such a pleasure to me (here's a Windows cleaner software I wrote back in 2007 in my spare time: but I'm not just playing though! I've created many websites and apps already and I'm not planning to stop any time soon!

“Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think”
— Steve Jobs

I also have a great understanding and practical experience in the following: Photoshop, Wordpress, WooCommerce, Umbraco, SEO, PPC, SMM, SEM, SMO, Content marketing, Email marketing, Google Analytics, Google Adwords and more.

I'm more into remote teamwork because I don't think committing to a physical workstation would work for me, at least for the time being.
Although I am open to almost any good idea, my life experience taught me that "focus is about saying NO to MORE things" so I'd rather accept and adopt ideas if they are about:

- Software, SaaS, Mobile apps/games.

- E-commerce

- Productized services

- B2B: I co-founded a digital marketing agency, which has done work remotely for several companies across the world including but not limited to: USA, Russia, China, and Italy.
What I've been doing for the past decade or so:

- I've co-founded a few start-ups, some failed (sorry you don't always win) and some were very successful.

- A 3 year old digital advertising agency I co-founded was acquired by Vodafone Egypt in 2009.

- I have been running a digital products marketplace targeting customers in the MENA since 2011. My business deals with many vendors, wholesalers, retailers, affiliates ... UPDATE: I successfully sold the business to a Turkish company in December 2016.

- I've been doing freelance digital marketing and web development.

- I have a degree in computer science, attended several marketing and business courses at the American University in Cairo, Egypt and the American University of Sharjah, UAE.
half time (20h/week)

About my co-founder

for someone to help me with my idea for a startup
  • Biz developer
  • Designer
  • Developer
  • Investor
  • Marketer
  • Product manager
  • Sales person
  • Someone else (just send me a message)
part time (10h/week)

My ideas 1

Translation company