FT World Tech Founders

FT World Tech Founders
By Financial Times
About this podcast
Financial Times World Tech Founders is a new series on entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Founders talk about the rewards and challenges of starting up a business in countries such as Egypt, Tanzania and China.
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FT World Tech Founders


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June 13, 2017
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