6 Rising Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017

Ryan Kh
Octocs Technologies
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Many changes are on the horizon for 2017. As economic uncertainty grows, many entrepreneurs feel it may be the wrong year to launch a business. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Plenty of entrepreneurs are thriving. Here are a few you should follow for inspiration.

Tai Lopez

Tai Lopez is an investor, serial entrepreneur and advisor to over two dozen multi-million dollar companies. He didn’t have an easy life growing up, but used his hardship as an inspiration to create success he never dreamed of growing up.

According to an Entrepreneur interview with Tai Lopez, he attributes his success to social media marketing.

“Facebook really started to take off in 2012-13, but it wasn’t viral,” he said. “In 2014, after I posted a YouTube video from my garage, and did some paid marketing, the video went viral -- it even inspired thousands of impersonation videos and parodies. By 2016, more than 1.6 billion minutes of my videos have been watched.”

Lopez also is a committed lifetime learner. On his Periscope page, he states that he reads a book a day, which gives him an edge over less educated competitors.

Ronaldo Mouchawar

Ronaldo Mouchawar, a Syrian entrepreneur, is the cofounder and CEO of Souq.com. Souq.com is the largest e-commerce website in the Middle East.

The website receives over 42 million unique visitors every month. He has also received over $150 million in funding.

According to Ronaldo, half of the citizens in the United Arab Emirates have purchased from his site.

“There was a recent study in the UAE that 50 percent of online shoppers have bought on our site, and we know from our traffic that 50 percent of the population come to the site once a month,” he told ArabianBusiness.

Aaron Dicks

Aaron Dicks is a young Marketing prodigy from Nottingham. He worked with a large energy company for a while, but eventually decided to strike out on his own.

He recently cofounded Impression in 2012, a boutique online marketing firm that provides web development, conversion rate optimization and a variety of other high demand digital marketing services. Dicks and his partner, Tom Craig quit their day jobs in 2014 to run Impression.

Or year later, the company generated over 500,000 pounds in revenue. In 2016, it doubled its revenue.

Kayla Sanders

Kayla Sanders was a healthcare consultant for Accenture shortly before launching Remy and Determined Health Alliance. Sanders launched Remy a year and a half ago, but she is already setting records.

Remy is a cloud-based solution to help with healthcare compliance. Sanders recognized that this was a huge, untapped niche. Her solutions will be even higher demand as HIPAA and other regulations become more complex.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is the founder of Paytm, an Indian payment processing company that works like PayPal.  Sharma has a net worth of over $3 billion.

While Sharma is an inspiration to young entrepreneurs, he faced many challenges as he built his company from the ground up. He persevered and proved that hard work and confidence pays off. He also proved that small startups can compete against larger brands with much deeper pockets.

Sharma was kind enough to share some of his wisdom with Business Insider India.

"if you're up against a big guy, ignore the big guy," Sharma said. "The problem with big guys is that they're not hustlers."

Amber Atherton

If you were a fan of pop reality shows, you have probably heard of Amber Atherton. She was an outgoing and attractive cast member on the reality show Made in Chelsea. Atherton discovered another talent, which proved to be her true calling – making fine jewelry.

Atherton founded my Flash Trash, a London jewelry brand with very prestigious clients. Her customers include famous actor and members of the royal family.

The idea was born in 2008, when she started a blog for her fashion management program at the London College of Fashion. She never anticipated that it would be her true calling.


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