True Champions behind Team Pakistan at APICTA 2016!

APICTA 2016 polished my pitching skills and boosted my art of storytelling. It made me realize there is more to be done. Being ‘comfortable’ for any ‘startup’ is devastating, I never was, but it firmed my belief more.

I participated in a category called, “Tools & Applications” but the teams from Hong Kong rocked that category. They truly deserved the win with their idea related to Augmented Reality. A Social Media Tool needs to be way more than it is now to compete with a tool related to Augmented Reality.

When my expectations crashed as the winners from Hong Kong were announced, my immediate thoughts were that I’ll never participate again, but it was a moment when I paused, it was a moment when I reflected back, it was when I felt that there is more to do, much beyond than the technology of Augmented or Virtual Reality itself. The process and learning I went through to win, the friends I made in Taiwan, is far more important than winning itself. I’ll do more and move forward with the amazing support of my family and friends!

The love and support, the training’s, the mentoring – everything I experienced is far more greater than anyone can ever expect from a competition. Thank you Jehan Ara for making it happen and enabling startups to compete at such a level. The way you listen to us, fight for us and help us in making a change is beyond one can ever imagine. It takes more than a lifetime to help so many selflessly.

My slide deck kept changing every single day, the story, the start, the end, the pictures, the content – everything. There were times when I thought it was too much for me as the script in my head kept mixing and overlapping. But in the end, I came to know my product more than I ever knew it before. Thank you Jawwad Farid for this gift. Thank you for training us aggressively, for reviewing the story deck, for being so apt in responding to my emails, for helping me in graphs, for training me at The Nest IO, in your office, home and even in your car! This is the way he worked with not only me, but many startups that participated in APICTA 2016! The way he conducted the 30-day experiment on Social Champ boosted my confidence more. Thank you!

The reason I could focus on my pitching was because Rumaisa handled everything related to our travelling, visa, ticket and hotel. Her constant reminders of upcoming events, schedules, made me relax and focus on my pitch. Her constant design suggestions made me significantly improve the dark black and white presentation design I previously had. I’m so glad that she was always there for every startup, advising, suggesting and forcing us to make things right in her own way.

Pakistan broke all its previous records in APICTA 2016 by winning 3 Golds, and 6 Silvers! The details of winning teams and judging criteria can be read here.  It couldn’t have been possible without the support from PASHA and THE NEST IO, the team and the mentors that started training us 3 weeks before APICTA 2016.

Thank you Jehan Ara, Jawwad Farid, Rumaisa Mughal, The NEST IO and PASHA for a memorable and productive trip to Taiwan. I owe the experience and learning I received, to the next upcoming startups. My pitch deck is ready and final, it will stay that way for many months to come, with ofcourse some minor data changes as Social Champ continues to grow!

Thank you!

 

OuzelSystems Nested!

It’s been a year at OuzelSystems, and now is the right time to experiment something different. There is much to happen and you can contribute too. Soon we will be selecting a pool of beta testers, giving early access to our app, providing extra perks in app for the feedback they provide and connect individually with them to know their expectations. So watch out for that announcement soon.

In our backyard, we’ll make sure not to just train good developers, but good humans. Over the past few years, thanks to all the trainings and mentoring we have been involved into, we find it an obligation to pass it unto others. Our achievement is not the number of projects we deliver, but the number of customers & clients turning into friends in the long run.

A year passed out in a flash. It had been a great learning experience for us a team, learning through the experiences and evolution of another US based Startup. What we learned, is beyond explanation. From daily meetings, poker games & estimation; to conversations between a CEO and CTO, their jokes, their reflexes during tense situations, every chapter had a lesson for us. It taught us how to communicate professionally yet differently from that of a corporate culture. And we’ll try our best to transfer this knowledge to our juniors, interns and students and we, ourselves make practical use of it.

Thank you Abrar, for being so committed, daring and for always being there. Zohaib, I thank you for your exceptional skills that sets you one of our magician. Shakir, without your dedication, support, advises and patience, this journey would have been tough. And thank you Faizan and Alveena for bearing with us in our first crucial year. I hope you can learn more, excel and prosper into something the nation would be proud of. Oh, welcome to the fabulous team Adeel. You’ll love working with us!

I shouldn’t forget our Advisory Board Members; Sir Farhan Ahmed Siddiqui & Sir Muhammad Saeed for always being their in our board meetings, resolving conflicts and continuously giving directions.
However, I should be thanking many other names in our journey; Sir Badar Sami, Sir Zia Khan, Sir Inam, Sir Asim, Matloob Bhai, colleagues, juniors and countless other names, and their prayers…

For the next 4 months, half of the team will be incubated at The Nest IO. It was a hard decision, but fair enough for the opportunities articulated. This not only means that time will be of more value, but each of our commitments & responsibilities will stretch much further.

It’d be fun anyway!

 

Regard,

Sameer Ahmed Khan