It gives us great pleasure to announce that LAUNCH ON FIRE PODCAST has been chosen as this year’s recipient of Kuwait e-Content Award of 2015. This award is given annually to a group of 25 projects that provide and promote the most progressive e-content from Kuwait. This Award is organized by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS). The wide range of these contestants is once again a proof for the enormous diversity of high quality e-content the region has to offer. Also, it demonstrates exceptional local digital content. It is a prestigious honor that serves to recognize the best of the best within our local digital sector.
Khalid Al-Zanki, the host and producer said: “We’re so excited to be the first podcast in Kuwait & Middle East to win such an award. LANUCH ON FIRE Podcast sets the stage for more valuable content driven podcasts in Kuwait. We have proven the concept and platform. Special THANK YOU note goes to our sponsors, supporters, and listeners.”
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) main contribution is to disseminate knowledge and strengthen Kuwait’s role not only in the use of technology outputs, but also in the development of technologies and scientific applications, resulting in a series of development at the local level.
Kuwait e-Content Award implements the vision of the World Summit Award and shares the awareness for the need for local digital content. It is local content, offered in the mother-tongues of people and in an easily accessible way, which makes a real difference, which brings about change and development.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS IN GCC
Featured by Khaleejesque Magazine, Kuwait – The Economic Issue March/April 2015
An entrepreneur who was formally educated as a computer engineer, Khalid Al-Zanki founded LAUNCH ON FIRE, a series of business podcasts, as a brand for budding start-ups. LAUNCH ON FIRE is an online podcast dedicated to entrepreneurship in Kuwait and the Middle East; it allows small business owners to reveal for the first time their business failures, success, tips, and insider information, most of which have never been shared publicly. A new initiative and one of a kind in the Middle East, Al-Zanki aims to educate, empower, entertain, and inspire by spreading knowledge of business and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Al-Zanki, who personally believes there is always something new to be learned when it comes to success in business, has been blown away by the success of LAUNCH ON FIRE. “It quickly created a buzz surrounded by raving fans. It became an obsession for some listeners; they listen to the podcast while exercising in the gym! The feedback is awesome!” Listeners are always expressing how excited they are about each episode; such feedback is pushing Al-Zanki to compete on a worldwide level, and even in building state-of-the-art podcasts.
Labeled “A True Leader and Entrepreneur 2008,” and “Most Influential Person Online 2010,” Al-Zanki has a positive perspective on innovation and business in the region and believes the Gulf region has brilliant minds and entrepreneurs that are already prolific in different fields. Al-Zanki, however sees room for improvement. When asked about what he would improve, he explains, “I’d set new business and commerce regulations; and hire true leaders in government agencies. And fire all average leaders! Yes, I mean it. Because, it is all about leadership. You have the right leadership, you’ll have an outstanding business environment and economy.”
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