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Interview with Jazib Zaman

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Jazib Zaman is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded TechAbout in 2017. He is also the CEO of TechAbout’s miniature TechEngage that is Pakistan’s first Tech blog with a global presence. He wants to empower individuals with technical expertise by providing them a platform to express themselves.

 

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

 

I have been that kid you would find in every family that is obsessed with technology. All the tech-related queries as minor as why my cousin’s laptop won’t load would come to me. So, you see I always had this intuition of technology in me.

They say that a child sees themselves becoming some things in their childhood at different instances. Fortunately or some of you may say, unfortunately, for me, it remained constant. I had no idea what I would be in the next 15 years back then, but deep down I could feel it in my bones that my name will be associated with technology, one way or another.

What intrigued me were the stats of the contributions of people from in the IT world. Throughout my college years, I happened to come across people who were experts in coding, and who’d keep themselves always updated about technology, have out-of-the-box ideas for new apps and yet lacked the avenue to channel their passion. So, it won’t be wrong to say that they gave me a perspective to look at things that I paired with my inherent desire.

I was the one-person army with only a handful of people having faith in me. And here I am still growing and deriving my motivation my surroundings.

 

 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

 

Yes, I have quite a few, but the one I am sharing with you is going to be very relatable to, I hope, many of you.

So, remember when you started studying Pre-medicine how every aunt in your family would ask you about their never-ending headaches on family gatherings. Studying a medical related degree gives them all the more reason to consult you on medical associated problems.  Likewise, starting a software house, there are other connotations attached.

One day, my maternal aunt came up to me and asked, ‘if I send my son pursues a degree in Computer science, I would not have to worry about him being jobless because you are going to hire him, right?’

And from there started a long list of members of my family expecting me to employ their kids when they are done with their degrees.

And you’d be surprised that I don’t have even a far-off relative working for me.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Well, we all have tons of embarrassing moments that give us something to laugh at later on. As an entrepreneur, I never really made a funny mistake, but I did an amusing misunderstanding that I’d like to share. Back when I had just started, I was invited to one of the technology conferences that used to take place every once in a while. Being the kind of the ‘family-first’ person that I am, I didn’t hesitate to take my entire crew there. What I didn’t know back then was that these kinds of conferences only allow one or max two representatives along with the CEO. My entire marketing team had to wait outside while I attended the conference. And when I came outside with the rest of the CEOs of different companies, my entire team was standing outside, and the CEOs thought that they were the host team that was meant to take them to their accommodation menu. So, it was sort of embarrassing and funny as well.

 

 

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

I have been asked that question a lot of times, to be honest. Each time, nostalgia hits me hard whenever I think about this particular instance.

If you look at the slogan of my company, it says ‘Digitalizing human potential.’ I not only firmly believe in making that happen, but I also realize that it is the responsibility of people like us to provide IT students, experts, and budding startups a channel to express themselves.

To put it simply, I believe what makes TechAbout stands out is the fact that no matter how ordinary your idea may seem to you, we value it and make sure it looks as great as it did in your head when you first thought about it. Every effort counts and TechAbout is all about making sure that it does.

 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

I have a good one. You might have heard this one a gazillion times before, but honestly, the reason why I have chosen to talk about this is that it matters this much.

Never let the bad times take a toll on you. Starting a business is a bumpy road. You will have your low points as well as the high ones. Businesses develop the art of getting by after a certain amount of experience and exposure.

We tend to think extraordinary for ourselves. What we often seem to forget that good things take time. Our business is not going to be a success within a short span of time. Comparing ourselves with others is very less likely going to act as a motivation. Start by setting achievable targets; take baby steps. Hang in there, especially during the bad times.

 

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I would not have been what I am today had it been not for my father’s constant support. Having parents that support you is not rare but having them believe in you even when you don’t even make sense is.

Both of my parents have been immensely supportive throughout this rollercoaster of a ride.

Pulling all-nighters consistently was hard, but my father was stayed by my side. He would not sleep if I didn’t. His relentless faith in me made me all the more determined towards my cause.

Further, I would like to thank my younger brother Advocate. Zeshan S. Ghumman for his extreme support in setting up the software house and my friend Muhammad Omer Shiekh for providing me motivation in setting up this great venture.

 

 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?  

See, the thought process behind ‘Digitalizing human potential’ is to serve humanity. My passion towards what I do stems from the fact that people lack platforms that are not only thinking about their profit. TechAbout’s project ‘’TechEngage’’ primarily focuses on providing a platform to young content writers, graphic designers, and startups to get their efforts recognized around the globe. The site does not make a dime out of the efforts of its team.

Our tech magazine aims to educate people about technology, help them use technology, and keep them up-to-date about everything that comes under the ambit of technology.

 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

 

‘’No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.’’

       John Keating

This proverb has had a huge impact on my life. I could not

 

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

The five things that I will be talking about are the things, I believe, everyone must take into consideration while starting their company.

Don’t hesitate to invest in your company: Most of us are told to think twice before investing in their business because of the risks every investment entails. Take it from me; the money you invest in your own business never goes to waste. It will prove to be beneficial for you one way or another. One of the most important things that many of us miss out is the fact that we tighten our hands when it comes to spending on our own business. And somewhere in saving for a better opportunity, we tend to miss the opportunity that could have been better.

Secondly, I think that everyone needs to have a mentor or an advisor that could analyze the situation as an outsider. Because you can never critically examine your work with as much precision as others can. So, you always need somebody to give you constructive feedback. I wouldn’t say that I never had a mentor as my father there, but that’s also problematic. Families can never be brutally honest with you when it comes to business. You need a person outside your family with business acumen.

Thirdly, I have come to realize that evaluating how you performed by comparing yourself with your competition is capable of acting as a demotivator for you. When I started, many of the people around me gave me examples of others in the field that were literally like the masters one should learn from. I got demotivated in the beginning thinking how bad I am doing compared to them. But then I realized that I can’t really compare myself with them because (a) they have been in the business from quite a while now, and (b) their vision is different from mine. And the vision part is important because it is your vision that is going to reflect in your work at the end of the day.

There’s not much left that I wish I someone had told me before I started my company, but I have two pieces of advice to give:

1.     Have a clear vision and make sure your brand remains consistent with it

2.     Keep growing and never settle for less.

 

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I were to start a movement, it would definitely be a movement where everybody’s potential is given its due worth and recognition. Being an entrepreneur myself, I understand the dilemma every beginner has to face; the dilemma of whether a particular risk is worth it or not. This dilemma takes a toll on people, and many of them end up being skeptical about their ideas.

People need to be told that they are capable of doing wonders. Their ideas can make a huge difference. If I ever get the power to change one thing, I’d give people the strength to believe in themselves. It is this conviction that is going to make them succeed in life and make a difference in others.

 

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or my web page.

 

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Achieving Success And Overcoming Obstacles In The Modern Entrepreneurial Industry; The Rio Osorio Way!

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As Entrepreneurs, we face obstacles and setbacks that seem impossible to overcome. The good thing about this is that each time, we often come out better off in the end than we were at the start. Yes, I won’t lie. Entrepreneurship is totally different from what society portrays. 

Every day, entrepreneurs are subjugated by their fears, inconsistencies, and losses; but what most individuals tend to forget is that failure is the condiment of their success. 

Amongst these entrepreneurs is brand strategist Rio Osorio. Widely Known as The Hustle Mentor, Rio is an entrepreneur who’s risen above his failures by putting in outrageous amounts of hard work to perfect his craft, and building long-lasting relationships with partners by providing more value than he receives. 

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship with Rio; he reveals the principles he applied to attain his level of success. These principles transformed his life and can change yours too.

Principles of Business Success

1.Loyalty

Loyalty is something that’s lacking in the entrepreneurial society today. Rio explains that a lot of entrepreneurs chase cheques, are selfish and don’t bother about the end goals of their clients.

Most successful businesses today are obsessed with making sure their customers achieve their goals. Essentially, they put the customer first before any other thing! This is a mantra that shouldn’t be overlooked when running a business.

2.Continuous learning 

They say that the average CEO reads a total of 54 books every year. This habit might seem overkill, but I guarantee you it’s not. Business owners have to observe this habit to flow with current industry trends.

Staying conscious of what’s happening in the corporate world is crucial to running a thriving business and setting the standard for excellence in your field.

Continuous learning, as some might call it, has given Rio a competitive edge in business, and he shares that this is one of the key factors contributing to his success in business.

3. Mentorship

Starting a business is a daunting task for many. You’ll face opposition from loved ones, pressure from the competition, time restraints, and a host of other obstacles.

At the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Rio faced most of these challenges. He overcame them by seeking out mentors who guided him through every one of those problems. 

Not only is this an easier alternative to figuring things out yourself, but it’s also a way to shorten the path to success.  Don’t get me wrong, the road to success is treacherous, but having the right people to hold your hand can make the journey less challenging.

Try not to be the smartest person in the room- Michael Dell of Dell Technologies.

Handling the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

1.Disconnect

There are some days when we feel like our world is coming down on us, and for those of us whose businesses operate mostly online, the effect of this is triple-fold.

The endless messages from clients, problems sprouting from every corner, and the need to over-deliver can be overwhelming. When you notice your stress levels picking up, Rio recommends you take some time off work; you could call it a work detox. 

Start by switching off your phone and any other device that might bring in disturbances from clients and team members. This will significantly reduce your stress levels, and in a day or two, you would be back to your healthy self.

2.Friends and family

Mental health is another overlooked aspect of entrepreneurship. We often engross ourselves with work and forget that human beings are social animals; we can’t stay alone forever. 

Rio shares with us that spending time with our loved ones is also a great way to disconnect from all the noise. Little things like hanging out with friends, going to a baseball game, or even watching a movie can mean the difference between you having a mental breaking or building a successful business.

Facing Fears

Uncertainty is a common trait all entrepreneurs possess. We see ourselves asking questions like, ” What if the client doesn’t accept my offer?”Are my services not good enough? Should I fire this team member? Will I break even this quarter?

The questions are endless, and we often find ourselves getting caught up in answering them. This uncertainty is the primary reason most individuals don’t venture into entrepreneurship. 

Why would you leave a secure job to start a business you’re not sure would see the light of day? After years of being in the business, Rio affirms that there is nothing as rewarding as being an entrepreneur. 

Yes! The tasks at hand might seem impossible, and your efforts might look silly, but if you’re willing to put in an ample amount of work and provide enough value to your clients, you’ll uncover an endless stream of income no 9-5 job can guarantee.

At the end of our discussion, Rio spoke about the chances he didn’t take when he was younger; he shared a few words of advice to anyone who’s just starting their journey.

This is what he said;

Entrepreneurship requires you to do things that would make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll have to learn to leave your comfort zone.

I understand your fears, but you have to realize that you’ll miss every shot you don’t take. So instead of sitting and whining about the opportunities you missed, I suggest you do it scared, deal with the fear and go for it! 

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Achieving Success As a Student Entrepreneur, The Robert Carpenter Way.

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College Student Robert Carpenter is on a mission to change the world by improving on the current online educational system.

Today, we will learn what Robert feels every student who is striving for success should know. Here’s Robert’s take on success, stress, and motivation.

Achieving Success

As a student, success in your studies should be your number one concern. 

But let’s face facts; success is not something that can be easily achieved. There are a lot of factors that determine whether you will be successful or not.

And one of those factors is how you spend your time. Would you prefer to play video games all day with friends, or would you feed your mind with tons of valuable information at the library?

You see, these little choices and actions we make daily can significantly affect our chances of success. Robert is a major believer in learning something new every day. As a matter of fact, he spends hours daily perfecting his craft.

It might not look like it, but Robert is actually giving himself a competitive edge against his peers. Think of it this way;  an overweight individual goes to the gym to lose some pounds; the first day, he notices that he doesn’t lose any weight. He felt bad but kept on visiting the gym and working out.

Subsequent visits to the gym proved successful. He lost over 60 pounds. The key takeaway here is consistency and determination. Apply these principles started here, and you’ll be on your way to achieving success in no time at all.

Avoiding Stress & Drawing Inspiration.

Every day, students face a lot of stressful situations. And a lot of times, this leads to mental breakdowns, illness, and burnout. 

Robert avoids this by proper planning. Today, most students don’t acknowledge the fact that proper planning can significantly reduce the stress they experience and increase their chances of success. 

Planning your day the night before can help you split the task thought out the day and complete them faster based on decreasing priority. 

So you’ve tried this, and you still ended up experiencing burnout. Well, here’s the thing; everyone has experienced burnout at some point in their lives. And in this state, they undergo emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. You will feel less motivation to accomplish tasks, and your overall output will be little.

When Robert experiences burn out, he takes a break and finds a quiet place to sit down and reflect on his goals, why he started, and what he’s going to achieve at the end. This helps him prioritize his goals, and instantly, a strong desire to fulfill those goals overwhelms him.

In Recent Times

Robert plans to study and practice math every day. This is the only way he can make an impact on society and help fellow students around him who strive to attain success.

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It runs In the family: Amel Elezovic and Anes Elezovic

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Director Amel Elezovic and athlete Anes Elezovic are mega-talented brothers, working in the same industry. They share their favourite memories of stealing candy, running with cheetahs, and being there for each other when things get rough

What’s your first memory of each other?

Amel: One of my earliest memories is of Anes learning to sit up. I was asked to take care of him one evening. Normally he would just roll over but that afternoon, he just balanced himself and sat up. I was thrilled.

Anes: Me and Amel are twins so I remember when we were 12 and we celebrated halloween together and Amel dressed up really weird, at first I thought it was another person. He had long hair in a ponytail, a beard, and was wearing black. He created a late-night commotion in the house and I was like, “who is this guy?”

What is the craziest thing you have done together?

Amel: We haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of crazy things together but I know we will…soon.

Anes: We went running with some cheetahs on leashes in Kruger National Park. We were also the only two people there when my grandmother passed away. It was very sad and emotional, as she was someone we both adored deeply.

What did you get punished for the most as a child?

Amel: I was a very assertive and curious child, constantly challenged my parents and got on their nerves, and got reprimanded. I never got punished as such.Anes: At age eight, I stole some money from my dad’s wallet, ran all the way to the market alone and bought the most expensive Japanese candy I could find. My mum wasn’t very happy when she heard about all this.

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