Entrepreneur Rises …

WHEN he started his software company, Faizan Buzdar and three friends worked from a spare bedroom in the home of another friend. Their view was inspiring: the lovely house of an entrepreneur who had made a mint from his own start-up. “We would look at it and say we would buy it when we succeeded,” Mr. Buzdar said last week.

We may have read similar tales, again and again, in forwarded emails and various articles. The success stories of Gates and Jobs aspires me and many alike amongst us … around us. But what makes you actually proud? Yes, when you achieve something sound, after reading the success lines of great names, whether it is a step towards major life goal or firmness of faith on thy capabilities. There’s one another thing, we Pakistanis, take pride in. YES, when the mere alphabets P.A.K.I.S.T.A.N get associated with the high fliers of this world – giving an identity to the country and rejuvenating the aims and targets of our youth. Moe Importantly, when the words get into real action.

Faizan Buzdar is the CEO of much heard Scrybe Corporation (Blog), which developed a personal information manager. Nurtured in soil of Islamabad, just recently it has received venture funding from Adobe Systems and L.M.K.R., an information technology services company based in Dubai and Pakistan.

Scrybe might have seemed a long shot to get even this far. Mr. Buzdar, 31, is based in Pakistan’s capital city, Islamabad, hardly known as a haven for software entrepreneurs. And Scrybe is trying to enter a well-established market dominated by Microsoft Outlook in the business world and by Google, Yahoo and a host of smaller companies on the Web. But Mr. Buzdar’s product, which is also called Scrybe and made its debut in a seven-minute YouTube video in October 2006, has drawn sustained interest. The reasons suggest he has figured out something fundamental about how we want access to schedules and related information.

I hereby finish off, en anticipation to find more and more Pakistani names crossing the threshold of pre-dominant western world. All skills and hard work; success written eternally.

Thanks to New York Times for the post summary. And Arsalan Haleem for suggesting the story.

9 Comments so far

  1. binary-zero (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:34 am

    nice… don’t tell me you are planning to work for them now…

  2. (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 10:23 am
  3. Shaheer (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

    I’ve actually used Scrybe. It turns out – my sister’s classmate’s uncle is also in Scrybe – not sure exactly who he is in Scrybe, but that’s how I got to know that Scrybe is a Pakistani venture.

    And well – it got me stumped. I’m impressed. Really impressed.

  4. Ablai (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 9:34 pm

    Wow! just checked out the youtube clip, this is really cool. Pakistan Zindabad.

  5. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    The NYTimes says something nice about Pakistan?? Wow that must be a 1 in 5 years story.

    I wish only success to Pakistani entrepreneurs.

  6. V (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2007 @ 4:14 am

    Special Ramazan Offer! Scrybe invitations up for grabs in return for a little duaa! :)

  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    WOW – it looks like a great tool – I must agree the Pakistani aspect needs to be pushed a lot more at least within our community to help promote the product – Hope they open their registrations soon Id like to take a swing at the tool – looks captivating

  8. Ramla A. (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 2:34 am

    Ahoy there! What an inspiring story – I have been researching entrepreneurship stories; Scrybe’s story is amazing and the product is what many would need to manage their times and lives. Cool.

  9. Saad (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    and hes a Gikian, just had to mention that :P

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