You never know who you’ll run into on your blog …
They might have the answer to your prayers. At least such was the case for Adnan Haider who is in town again and related a recent experience that led to this post.
Adnan dropped in to see me the other day so that we could catch up. It’s always great to see him – he is such a bubbly and intelligent character but a character nonetheless. Naturally, I asked him how Lootmaar – the Pakistani version of eBay – was doing. After that I had to say no more. He excitedly went into the details of how well the limited beta version was doing – better than even the optimistic Adnan had hoped.
There had been a few teething problems – like the courier company backing out just days before the beta launch and the brilliant techology duo that he had assigned the job to, not being able to give it the kind of time that was needed, due to their changing circumstances and commitments.
The courier problem was initially temporarily solved in a rather odd fashion by Noman (Adnan’s partner) actually spending his time on Karachi’s streets picking up and delivering packages. Since this was not a sustainable model, they are now close to striking a deal with another courier company that has a large network across the country.
As for the technology issue, the solution for that came through Adnan’s blog. He blogged about the problems he was facing and a firm of geeks based in Lahore contacted him. They talked, Adnan loved the fact that they understood exactly what he needed – or, in Adnan’s own words “they spoke geek”, and the rest, as they say, is history. The team of 15 based in Lahore will be taking on the task of making sure that Lootmaar continues to evolve and operate smoothly. Good luck Adnan. We will be watching!
P.S. Wonder how many more such amazing firms of geeks exist in the nooks and corners of our cities, just below the official industry radar. We must work hard to attract them into the fold. They would add colour and bring new ideas to the industry and they also might benefit from being part of a larger family.
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