Story of HOMETOWN.
In every successful startup, there are several backend fights between the founders, pushing each other to achieve milestones.
Glad to have such an incredible person in team. Thank you Sidra.
I am sharing a glimpse of what is happening around HOMETOWN.
This is what’s keeping me away from blogging too.
HOMETOWN started without any formal office, we used KFC as workplace. As they had power all the day and let us sit.
Three days back, we shipped our first shoes to India. Randhir, our customer took the risk of ordering shoes from Pakistan. It is not conventional to ship something from Pakistan to India, because of the political tension between both Governments.
It was a moment of trust for him. I am proud and humbled to say the trust is well placed.
In order to be regular at publishing on my blog, I’m testing this new things.
Every weekend, I’ll publish 6 tweets here. The objective of this activity is to push myself writing thoughtful pieces under 140 characters. Here we goes with the first 6.
We often recall our childhood period as most beautiful days of life.
I recently learned a very powerful yet often unknown reason which makes being a child so cool. The acceptance of not knowing most of the things.
I am a child, I openly admit that I do not know it already mostly. So I would not hesitate to ask anyone. I wouldn’t be afraid to try. I would stay open to change my opinion, if I would learn something. I would be happy to tell other that this is what I recently learned. I wouldn’t feel bad, if I say, “I don’t know answer to this question.”
In short, realization of not knowing most of the thing. And then a confident mindset to learn, to change opinion, to change the way I see life, to change the way I treat my family, neighbor pet, and especially myself. These are such awesome things.
When this thought came to mind, it put a question before me. Can I again accept the reality that I do not understand most of the things in life, so I should learn. It would made this time of life sweater. And very importantly it’ll help us grow up, which seems to become very difficult today.
Do you think FedEx or DHL are utilizing the most advance + cost effective technology to run their operations? I doubt.
I’m building a startup in Pakistan, and we sell / ship shoes around the globe. From here, DHL, UPS and FedEx charges $50-$70 to ship a pair of shoes in US / UK. So we depend on a small local company which buys bulk space from big logistics companies and sell to businesses like mine at a cheaper rate.
From my tiny personal experience of working with logistics companies, I realize one thing. Like many other industries out there, logistics companies are far behind in using the innovative technology. They must do it for efficiency, to save money and time. If they do so, it is treat for us and for them too.
Technology has enabled us to communicate from any corner of the earth and beyond. And we are doing it.
I* You can make payment anywhere in the world, and buy or sell too. But shipping, it is still expensive, risky and not fun. It badly needs to be changed at earliest.
And I believe a company like Google will do it, or may be Amazon, or Yours (why not?!).