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Motaz Essa

Business Developer, Marketer

Toronto, , Canada


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About Motaz


I am (usually!) a visionary who's good at strategy and planning. I am an INTJ and 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. If you are smart, energetic, and a dreamer I will never get bored with you :p

I posses many startup skills such as marketing, sales, time management, project management, bilingual skills, communications skills... I just do whatever it takes, but as I said earlier, my real strength lies in visioning and strategic planning.

I will be relocating to Canada in 2017 to study international business. I'm more into remote teamwork because I don't think committing to a physical workstation would work for me, at least for a couple of years.

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:

- E-commerce: I have alot of experience in running online shops, wholesale business, retail... etc.
- B2B: I used to own 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.
- Consulting business.
- Mobile apps/games.

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 mastered both Visual Basic and Delphi/Pascal. I also have some PHP & MySQL background.

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

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 aquired 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 ... etc which introduced me to remote team building / remote team management.
- I mastered digital advertising: SEO, PPC, Social Media marketing, Email marketing, Content Marketing... etc.
- 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.


The American University in Cairo

Mass Communication - Marketing

2003 - 2007

October 6 University

Bachelor's degree, Computer Science

2011 - 2015