Umair Javed of TkXel speaks to me on ITLoW
Umair Javed is a very passionate, talented and focused young man who knows exactly what he wants and has put all his efforts into making it happen. He is the CEO of TkXel, a company based in Lahore with a staff strength of 35. Umair says they are still 10 people short but there is only a certain type of individual that he is prepared to hire and that kind of individual is not that easily available.
In this interview with Umair on ITLoW, I tried to capture the essence of what Umair has been doing in the technology space, where he feels the stumbling blocks are and what he is doing to counter the problems that exist.
TkXel (or Technology Accelerated) works in the Software Development space with a niche in Mobile Application and Rich Internet Application development (mostly for the international market). They have, however, recently started offering their expertise in Social Media Marketing to local companies.
Umair is a graduate of UET Lahore and a Gold Medalist from LUMS with a couple of years experience at Techlogix who then decided to venture into the entrepreneurial space. He also teaches at LUMS and several other institutions because he thinks that if we are to get the kind of individuals we need for our companies, we have to contribute towards developing them.
Although a large component of TkXel’s revenue still comes from services, they have increasingly got into the product space and have developed high value games that have done extremely well on the Apple App store with their Real Deer Hunting game having made it to the Top 100 all paid apps, Top 50 games, Top 5 Simulation, What’s Hot and Best Fishing & Hunting games categories.
The iPhone is the best thing that could have happened for Pakistani developers, says Umair Javed, because it has given us access to end-users in the US and European markets without the need for a marketing team based in those markets. TkXel has had a 100% acceptance rate on the Apple App Store.
The absence of a Payment Gateway came up again and I assured him that we were working on many fronts to make it happen.
But enough said already, I am not going to give the whole interview away in this post. Go hear what this young man had to say. He has a lot of great ideas, some of which are not that hard to implement. Shouldn’t we be listening?