Long time and no post

I just thought to post an update about me, yeah shameless stuff :-)

I am busy doing some interesting flash/flex and web projects. I have been playing with PureMVC, flex parser/compiler code and other stuff. A part of schedule goes in streamlining processes (development, recruitment, HR, etc) in a company, which my brother and I co-founded some years back though it’s known as different name but seed is the same :-)

Whatever time is left goes in building new office space for our team. We would be moving to new office in couple of days. I hope, our team finds this new office relatively better. I hope, we would be more productive and have fun.

You can check out my flickr-stream to see how it looks, photographs are little old. Some more pics from my brother’s photo-stream.

It’s done using limited budget and customized furniture, not modular workstations; unfortunately, we couldn’t figure out a local vendor, for modular workstations, who can do it in our budget. When we do well in coming months, we might put some good modular workstations/cubicles.

Things are not easy in this part, Uttar Pradesh, of country. It seems, government is not really interested to support businesses/entrepreneurs. Corruption seems to be at it’s peak in various government departments, which makes it harder to do things right way (without bribe or favours). Bribing seems like to be an integral part of the system here, but if you are determined and know laws, you can get work done without it, though things might take longer (sometimes very) to get done.

I believe, we are fortunate enough to be in an industry (Software, Internet, Web – in general, IT), where location of business doesn’t matter as long as we have three things – electricity, internet and talent pool. I might be missing something in the list.

We have managed to take care of electricity by having good electricity-generator, though it costs a lot per day, considering we have to pay minimum electricity bill to government even when consistent power supply (around 5-6 hours power cut everyday + random power cuts). Internet is not a problem here, BSNL is doing good job and I find, it’s only goverment department that is relatively better than others.

The last one “talent pool” is something missing here in this city “Kanpur”, or rather entire state “Uttar Pradesh”? I guess, there are not many companies here which can attract and retain good talent. Another thing is temptation to move to better cities like Bangalore, Pune and Delhi for better jobs or life? I think, it’s good idea to do and get more exposure – one must do, it makes you better and allows to see the world outside of the city.

So it’s challenge for us to attract good talent or create talented people. I believe, recruitment of smart people (freshers or experienced) and training are going to be the key. I have stopped expecting to get any experienced person, so I am going to fall back on hiring people with passion, integrity and aptitude. Training is going to be the one of the important things in this company.

I believe, we would be able to build a good, if not great, culture in coming months. I don’t talk about compensation, it might not be the main factor for passionate people but such people should be appreciated in all possible ways (recognition, great work, great compensation and any other thing). We do pay the best in the city, AFAIK, we would keep doing that.

I am learning a lot of things and life is full of challenges now – I feel I am more motivated now than ever. It’s a journey, that’s going to be exciting.
Wait a second, did I tell you what we are doing and plan to do?

We are into graphics-design and development services (RIA/Web-app development and design – logo, identity, user-interfaces, illustrations, web-layouts, promos, flash-animation, etc) right now, but I am personally more interested into products, hence we are going to have a part of budget for R&D activities, where we would encourage people to create reusable libraries (be it code or design), internal-tools, experimental/fun projects using upcoming/existing technologies, etc – these can be used in our service projects. I believe, we would be able to turn some of our R&D activities into products in coming future.

That’s it for now – if you have read this far, thanks for doing that. Please leave your suggestion, those would really help me in this new journey of mine.

  • wow… that’s amazing.. it is a way to go forward. the office looks huge. It is a dream for me to do something similar, I am really happy to see someone do it for real.
    btw. I am not sure if you have seen this video, if you haven’t.. then you should
    http://www.omnisio.com/startupschool08/david-heinemeier-hansson-at-startup-school-08
    All the best, cheers

  • Best of luck for your journey Abdul.I know your passion and knowledge will take you to the next level soon with your new venture. I am sure running a company from Kanpur will be tough but not impossible with proper planning and vision. Good Luck!

  • Abdul,
    All the best. I guess many people would like to work with you on this, may be because of your passion and effect which you put towards your work.

  • Best of luck Abdul. With proper planning your dreams comes true. Good Luck !

  • SHABEELA

    ALL THE VERY BEST, INSHALLAH YOU WILL SURELY SUCCEED!!!!!!

  • Thank you guys…

  • Pandu

    Congratulations for new venture dude. Wish you only THE BEST for all your endeavor.

  • Hi Abdul,
    All the best for your venture. As you can see from this post, talents are already beginning to come to you. So I think talent hunt will not be a problem anymore.
    Office looks cool. You are going big, that for sure. Keep it up.

  • As an un-intended side effect you are also contributing to the fight against sons of soil politics in this country.
    If I was the government in UP I would offer a tax break to you.
    Cheers!!
    -Tarun

  • @Tarun – Tax break would be nice :-). BTW! UP has some weird entry and sales tax stuff, I have to get form done from Sales Tax office every time, I need to get anything (devices, t-shirts, etc) in state :-)

  • Hey Abdul,
    Good to hear about this…
    Congratulations!!! and all the best.

  • Hey Abdul,
    good to know that you have started new venture. Good luck.
    cheers
    prashant

  • Congrats Abdul for your startup. Office looks good in pics. Keep going :)

  • drothmani

    abdul, i would like to contact you via your email concerning possible consulting. could you write me an email with your email address on it or a way to contact you? thank!
    also, it seems that for youtube flv’s the brilliant client-side algorithm you once provided no longer works.
    specifically, the http://www.youtube.com/v/ url redirection no longer provides a t-parameter.
    I tried using an httpservice request instead, scraping the html for the t-parameter, a method which does work, but only, of course, when run from the local machine.
    i don’t want to go to a server side solution since that would be slooooooow.

  • @Suketu,@Prashant, @Chetan –
    Thanks guys, I would keep you updated via this blog or other ways. I hope, things would go fine against all challenges :-)
    @drothmani – I would send you an email and we can connect over email.
    Thanks
    -abdul

  • Best of luck, my friend. Lemme know if I can be of any help to u.
    rgds,
    Abhishek

  • Hi man
    Best of luck for the project
    do lemme know if i can be of any help
    will surely come at your place when in kanpur
    dont forget about my suggestion , regarding trainings
    tc

  • Ivette

    i hope things go/are going great with this project :) Best of luck!

  • Kashif Khan

    Hey Abdul,
    Congrats dude…the office looks fabulous, good show…it really feels great to see these pics and to know how far u guys have come in such a little time wid ur back-breaking, non-stop hadwork. I am so eager to c ur office yaar, it will be the first item on my agenda next time I visit Kanpur.
    All the best for ur new venture guys. May the Almighty shower His blessings on everything u do, Ameen.
    Proud of U,
    Kash…

  • Congrats Abdul on your startup.. pics are really cool. Where are you now a days… in Pune???

  • Abdul
    My friend, can you give to me your e-mail add? I need to talk with you about projects.
    Regards

  • Bill Graham

    Abdul
    I am interested in asking you a few questions about Flex projects on your blog. Please send me your email so I can get them to you.
    Thank you.

  • i just saw the office pictures after completion .. it is really pretty .. amazing work man … best of luck again.. :)

  • @Varun, @Amit: Thanks guys :-)
    Sorry for late response.
    -abdul