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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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How A Broke Journalist Was Able To Create A 6-Figure Coaching Company

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Many freelancers dream of living a financially free life filled with success. That can be very hard at times due to the trap of doing everything yourself. You never should. Many entrepreneurs are stuck in “solopreneur world” stressing and overdoing themselves when they can make the same amount of money delegating sales and fulfillment. Check this out:

Alex Schlinsky is the Founder and CEO of Prospecting On Demand™, a company specializing in helping coaches, consultants, and agency owners implement the systems and strategies necessary to scale their company and become successful CEOs. Over 125 entrepreneurs have built 6-figure companies utilizing the POD™ community and training.

Alex is decorated speaker and author, making appearances at college universities and being featured in renowned publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, and more. It wasn’t always the limelight for Alex. He’s had many successes, challenges, and major responsibilities. Here are some of his: 

‘Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?’

Successes:

Alex has a major list of successes. After working hard on Prospecting On-Demand, Alex has over 500 students. This leads him to many other successes like speaking at his alma mater UCF for Leadership Week educating others on how to scale their businesses. Not only does he mentor over 500 students but owns a 6-figure marketing agency working with personal injury attorneys and owns a 6-figure coaching company. Alex has spoken for USF NSLS inductions 4 times and was published in Entrepreneur, Forbes, and many more agencies. To add the cherry on top, 125+ agencies/coaches hit 6-figures with POD™ and about 20 have hit 7-figures with POD™. A personal achievement of Alex is successfully achieving his childhood dream of working with the Miami Dolphins. 

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Challenges:

As for challenges Alex explains it best.

“As I got started: Working part-time while at school. Post-graduation realizing my college path led to a dead-end and I had to restart at square 1. With no corporate job, I’ve always wanted to figure it out on my own led to some LEAN years. Working for the Dolphins and in MMA meant working weekends, long hours, deadlines, and very low pay. Struggled to pay rent for some time while my wife worked as a waiter.”

More specific: Mostly great investments in coaching, but one in particular ($30k investment) crippled me for a while. 

Major Responsibilities:

Alex also had a lot of major responsibilities as well! He was handling everything for the agency before ReachLocal stepped in. Did prospecting, sales, and even tried to do fulfillment (ads) even though I was terrible. 
For POD™, created all the content, did all the sales, managed a team of 3-5, made massive investments in coaching that I had to do the work for, etc.

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How Entrepreneur Mehran Khan is Transforming the Digital Market at Age 16

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With dedication and continuous hard work, one can achieve anything. One just has to work towards the goal with complete honesty and the result will follow sooner or later. Today, we are going to talk about a young boy named Mehran Khan, who is a true inspiration to many youngsters out there, who are feeling lost.

Mehran Khan is a 16-year-old boy, who hails from a Kharan district of Balochistan. Currently, he is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country but his journey to the top has been a roller coaster ride with great ups and own. Mehran Khan is the co-Founder of Rifiako Media.

He has made his way to the top with his sheer work and dedications towards his goal of doing something special in life.

When he started his journey from his village, he had no idea where to go. However, destiny had its say and it brought him to the city of dreams, Quetta. After arriving in Quetta, he struggled but soon came to understand what he needed.

After working tirelessly towards his goal, success came knocking at him at a very young age.

After making his niche in marketing, Mehran has expanded his reach to digital video content. Currently, he is producing several digital videos catered to young audience. With this, he has already turned entrepreneur at such a young age.

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How This Barber Has Been Able to Completely Reroute His Life Through Entrepreneurship

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Entrepreneurship is the name of the game in the 21st century. It even seems to be the last bullet shot on poverty and misery. 

 

Catalyzed and driven by passion, persistence, patience, and power, meet Guy Coates whose journey to success has been completely undeniable. A life-changing journey that has impacted tens of thousands if not thousands, through entrepreneurship. 

 

Success is not something you merely pursue, it is something that you attract by the person you become since success never lowers its standard. Indeed entrepreneurship is not only the key but the door to success.

 

As a smart worker with skills and passion as the better option, Coates has traversed miles. To achieve his success, the entrepreneur sets Goals and targets, visions and dreams to achieve within a certain set time frame. Finally, the marketing tools and strategy he uses are mind-boggling and a mind opener to the young entrepreneurs. 

 

Skills and Passion

 

The ability to be a ‘man of the people’ is not only super career achievement but also a social achievement. Skills speak louder than words and no wonder nobody bothers to check Coates license. Everyone is now fully aware for the past decade and a half, that yes indeed it is not just education but the output that matters. The passion of seeing people looking good and having increased self-esteem has been the driving force behind the entrepreneur venturing into this lucrative entrepreneurship. 

 

The youtube series he began that recaps local barber battles in the DMV area called the Recap Baber show has cut reality stars.

 

Skills and passion have been Coates definition for the past 15 years as you cannot separate the latter from the former. Half heartedness is Coates greatest enemy in achieving his goals and for sure passion became experience, the experience became a success which continues to tower beyond the skies.

 

Goals, Visions, and Targets

 

Where there is no vision people perish. Coates targets to build a brand big enough for people to trust and buy products to help with their profession and for the clients to have the look last longer. The launching of the classic movement called Beyond the Chair is already underway. 

 

This will be of great aid to other barbers that will create something for their children. Isn’t that great? But as you can tell it will not be an easy task, but who can stop the hero, champion, a conqueror with a whooping wonderful nine children and a grandchild? Viva!

 

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