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Jon Richards’ goal was to help individuals make better financial decisions when he launched YallaCompare, formerly known ascompareit4me.com.

Richards moved to Dubai in 2011 from the United Kingdom and discovered gaps in the market which were part of his everyday life back home. He began to blog about financial matters, including which bank account to open or which credit card offered the best rate, and this was soon noticed by banks and agencies.

In 2012, Richards and his partner Samer Chehab, the start-up’s commercial director, registered the company to allow users to compare financial products ranging from credit cards, personal, home or car loans to bank accounts and commercial finance.

Now, YallaCompare has become a platform where users an compare and apply for bank accounts, insurance policies, credit cards, loans, cars and more in nine markets across the MENA region.

When the company began it had 15 employees, it has since grown to 82 and has monthly revenues of AED 400,000, and its annual revenue figure starts at AED 16m.

YallaCompare has continued to flourish, as it has raised over $9m in venture capital; it secured $3m in Series A funding from a consortium of investment firms and thereafter raised $3.5m as part of a larger Series B round of funding.

Richards ensures the company adheres to four core values – dream big; keep it simple; OK is not OK; and seriously fun. As for the future, Richards is planning even more technological innovation in the coming year, as well as launch for car insurance comparison in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

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