Orgoo – another Pakistani startup headed for greatness!

September 17, 2007 at 9:47 pm 6 comments

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Pakistani software companies continue to be in the news. First Pixsense, then Scrybe and Five Rivers Technologies and now Islamabad-based Orgoo. Here is what Michael Arrington of TechCrunch has to say about Orgoo, a new startup:

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One thing I really like about Orgoo is their attention to detail. There are a number of examples of this. Users can choose from a number of visual templates and can upload avatars for emails/IM. Any address in an email or IM turns into a link that shows the address in Google Maps via a popup.

They allow users to create on the fly chat rooms. And they are allowing users to record quick audio or video files and send them via email. Orgoo will offer users 3 GB of storage for free. The service is currently in private alpha testing with a handful of USC students only but will be expanding in the coming weeks to a larger group.

The two founders, Sean Rad (20) and Shahzad Tiwana (34) are students at USC and brought in a seasoned veteran, Michael Kantor, as CEO. The company has raised a small round of angel financing and has just 11 employees (three in California, eight in Pakistan).

There are a number of competitors out there. In addition to the webmail services mentioned above, a number of services have great service-neutral webmail services (see our coverage of Goowy). Foldera, a public company, is also a direct competitor but is yet to launch (Disclosure: I am currently on the board of directors of Foldera).

Orgoo has created a lot with a very small team and next to no financing to date. Their biggest challenge going forward won’t be getting users, but proving that their service is scalable. One of the most common complaints about webmail is speed – even Gmail and Yahoo, with unlimited resources, have a hard time keeping their services humming. If Orgoo can keep the service flying, they could become very popular very fast.

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Well done guys! We are rooting for you! Who says Pakistan is not a destination for cutting-edge innovation?

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  • 1. Sajjad  |  September 18, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Hi. I started reading your blog recently when the topic of the E-Crime bill came up and had it open in my browser. Was quite surprised to see this post today. Thank you for the mention (I recently joined the team).

    As for the scalability part, we are doing extensive research on it and will be using some of the most effective and advanced technologies to make it at least match the speed of the current big guys.

    Best of luck to you and the rest of the Pakistani community. It’s about time we joined the 21st century.

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  • 2. Jehan  |  September 18, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for your message Sajjad and congratulations on being part of the exciting team at Orgoo. We are proud of your achievements and wish you guys continued success.

    Ours may not be a large industry but we certainly are doing some real cutting edge stuff. I am optimistic that we will continue to get the recognition we deserve. Your team will be one of those that will help us get there.

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  • 4. Zakintosh  |  September 19, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Way to Go[o] guys! Keep the flag flying …

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  • 5. Obaid  |  September 19, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Really good idea and from the screenshots it looks great.🙂

    Good to know other companies innovating from Pakistan🙂

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  • 6. Jehan  |  September 20, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    @Zak, remember Kai’s Power Goo – delightful product. I still have a few copies of it.

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