Simon Hudson is the CEO and Founder of Brndstr.com. Establishing his business in 2013 – Hudson has raised $2m and partnered with over 150 brands across 10 countries. He has a team of 11 engineers and designers who are helping shape the innovation landscape across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to starting Brndstr, Hudson was a founding member of UK startup StreetLife that was recently acquired by NextDoor and most recently worked as a senior figure at Groupon Middle East. Over the past three years he has been busy helping to grow, build and develop the Dubai startup circuit. Hudson is the ex-Chapter Director for Startupgrind.com, moderator of previous Young Arab Leader events, and coach at Dubai’s Startup Weekend, in addition to contributing to publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine and Communicate.