Nur Alfayez: My Crazy Adventure in the US
- Nur Alfayez: CEO & Founder of Feesheh.com
- 500 startups accelerator in San Francisco
- Nur, a Jordanian architect, founded Feesheh along with Fahed Farraj in 2012
- Feesheh.com is MENA’s first online one-stop-shop for musicians
To cut it short
Alright so we’ve all been there, you’re late, things get hectic and you end up running around not knowing what to do or where to go next. But what happened to Nur during her trip to the US is probably crazier than anything you’ve ever been through!
“We were selected to participate in the 500 Startups Accelerator program in San Francisco back in 2014… Now I wanted to make the best out of the experience so I tried to reach this certain person who’s an ex-employee of two of the biggest companies that do the same thing that Feesheh does in America, for mentorship and advice. Reaching that person was not easy, but I was lucky that one of our board members helped with a double intro, and I managed to set a meeting with him!
While I was there, I would always check bus routes and schedules right before I leave the house, so needless to say, Google Maps was my best friend. I was going to meet him at a Thai restaurant that he chose, so I got ready and went straight to the bus stop because I was sure a bus came in every 10 minutes or so. I waited for quite some time but my bus never came. So I started asking people about it and I found out that my bus only comes once every hour, so I texted the guy right away to tell him I was going to be an hour late. An hour later, the bus came and took me to the next stop where I was supposed to catch another bus to go across the bridge, but again, the bus was nowhere to be found!
I went to a small supermarket to ask about it and found out that the bus I needed was different than all the other buses because it’s the only one that takes you across the bridge, and costs $9. All I had at the time was $20, so I got a little panicky!
“I sat down on the table trying to act all casual with sweat dripping down my face”
The bus finally got there and only 3 people were on it (no wonder). We finally reached the bus station and I knew I had to walk 3 blocks to get to the restaurant. So I walked, got there exactly on time to sit on a nice little table and relax for a bit. And while I was waiting, just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I received a text from him that said “waiting for you, I’m right next to the reception”. I looked around and no one was there. It was then that I realised I was in the wrong restaurant. I didn’t have internet at the time so I freaked out and went outside to look for the restaurant. IT WAS 6 BLOCKS AWAY! So I ran. I ran so quickly I was out of breath when I got there, but I got there. I sat down on the table trying to act all casual with sweat dripping down my face, but it was obvious that I had a rough ride and needed a few minutes to freshen up…
I was lucky that the guy was super friendly and supportive. The conversation was very interesting that I was hoping we’d meet again, but I was leaving home that week. I’m glad I managed to meet him in the end though, it was worth it!
Now, I had the intention of paying for the meal, but since the bus ticket cost me $9, I was a little worried I didn’t have enough money. So I told my aunt who lived nearby that I might call her any minute to ask her to come pick me up and pay for the food.
Luckily, everything went great. We said our goodbyes and I left with a great new mentor, and a funny story that shows my love for Google maps“.
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