Monday, November 20, 2017

Shahid Afridi Foundation

Exclusive interview of Mr. Ansar Shah

Can’t help getting hungry at office, home or college? Foortal.pk will placate your hunger. YouthPlugged had a chance to bring exclusive interview of Mr. Ansar Shah, Chief Operating Officer and one of the founding members of Foortal.pk. In his exclusive interview with Youth Plugged, Mr. Ansar speaks about Foortal.pk and shares his entrepreneurial experience and advice for new and future entrepreneurs.

1. Tell me about yourself and Foortal?
I am an IT professional having more than 5 years of experience in building technology startups and building hosted platforms for Telco like O2, Vodafone and Ericsson. I believe in giving back, whether it’s work, family, society or Country.

I am also a proud member of Team Foortal – an online food delivery and takeaway ordering portal bringing both foodies and restaurants under one roof. Consumers can place online orders at their ease and under the budget with thousands of deals, menus and discounts. Restaurants on the other hand can communicate with their customers. Foortal helps you to order food from anywhere in Pakistan using laptop, PCs and on the Go with Foortal’s 3G/4G enabled mobile app.

2. What was exactly the motivation behind starting Foortal?
Three reasons! First Waqar Shah – CEO Foortal.pk started out as technology outsourcing company in 2008, but in the past Pakistan IT industry collapsed unfortunately. So, we were convinced to build products that will help us sustain without outsourcing business. Secondly, Waqar has spent much of his time abroad and apprehended that Pakistani food is being relished out by foreigners and there is a need of portal specifically for food. And finally, we wanted to build a global product, when deployed to international countries like UK, UAE, US, China etc., it will bring glory to its origin. Since Foortal is developed in Pakistan, it will bring glory to the country – insha’ALLAH.

3. Who are your clients?
Everybody who loves to eat and explore new food whether they are home users, housewives, students, office worker, party lovers, but to be specific, office people are our niche.

4. What and how has been the response from people?
Fantastic! They love it when they see it and use the service. Since online food ordering culture has been at ground in Pakistan, so there’s lot more that we need to dig in for people to start using online food ordering services. We have seen critics though as of having low marketing campaigning but that was on purpose, game is yet to be started.

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5. What’s the best part of the next thing you are doing for Foortal?
We believe in innovations. We keep building new features for both customers and restaurants as per the market requirements and observing consumer’s behavior. Two things to highlight here; First is the “CASHBACK” feature, which allows you to get instant cash back into your Foortal wallet, against every order that you place online via Foortal.pk. The other is “Refer and Earn” scheme – this is interesting bit. It allows you to refer friends and earn money when they place order. So if you have a huge fan following, then you’re ready to make money with Foortal’s referral scheme.

6. Are there any other food portals like Foortal available in Pakistan? If yes, what makes you distinct from them?
Yes, there are few and their efforts to help ecommerce culture grow in Pakistan are appreciable. However, how Foortal is different from them is Foortal is a tailor made platform using latest technologies for both web and mobile. We believe it’s going to be technology that will give Foortal an edge over others. Foortal is like Google (robust, fast, intuitive and easily scalable). Online ordering is only a small component of Foortal. There’s lot more in it which will be revealed with time and need. Also, Foortal is developed in Pakistan by the team who develop solutions for European companies and it is owned by our company WaqarTech Limited, registered in the UK. In near future we will export technology rather than importing it.

7. Any latest achievement by Foortal, please brief?
Since Foortal is a global platform so the plan is to expand its reach out of Pakistan to countries like UK, UAE and Saudi Arabia, we are started with pilot phase in UK this quarter with 25 restaurants. We are also in talks for Foortal China with few Chinese businesses. We will close a deal soon insha’ALLAH.

“It’s not important for a Leader to be an Entrepreneur but it’s essential for an Entrepreneur to be a Leader.” – Ansar Shah


8. Any suggestions you would like to give to people who are working to start their own start-up?
Yes! Entrepreneurship does not mean that you have to have a break-through idea only; it can be an innovation to existing things or processes to make things better for people and bring convenience to life. An example quoted by one of my good friend Mr. Hammad Siqqidui is about the innovation of Samsonite travel bags. They saw a gap, a problem when people travel. People when traveling, they have to hold up heavy luggage bags while waiting in queue or walking. Samsonite encountered this problem with minor innovation. They picked the wheels and put it under the bags. That’s it, nothing new Wheels and Chests are invented thousands of years ago. So believe in Endless-Possibilities.

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Shahid Afridi Foundation soft launch

Last month in March 2014, Foortal.pk inaugurated an extravagant tournament, Foortal BOOM BOOM T20 an online game play. Being organized by the Foortal.pk, this virtual cricket gala was held to celebrate the mega occasion of T20 Cricket World Cup 2014 so as to intensify the national cricket fever in Pakistan to the maximum. Pakistani cricket lovers were engaged in the real game throughout the T20 World Cup.

Top 50 Winners of this competition are invited to enjoy a ‘Grand Dinner Gala with Lala’ and prize distribution taking place 26th of April, 2014.

In addition to this Mr Shahid Afridi and his technology team (WaqarTech Ltd) will also do a soft-launch of SHAHID AFRIDI FOUNDATION with video documentaries and inauguration of the foundation website.

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Shahid Afridi the most popular cricketer

Afridi played 27 Tests, 378 One Day Internationals, and 73 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for the Pakistani national team. He made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia. T20 28th Aug 2006 v/s England against Sri Lanka, Afridi batted at number three in the role of a pinch-hitter. In his first international innings, Afridi broke the record for fastest century in ODI cricket, reaching his hundred from 37 balls. The eleven sixes he struck also equaled the record for most in an ODI innings

Afridi scored his maiden Test century, scoring 141 runs from 191 balls. In the same match he also claimed three wickets for 54 runs

Shahid Afridi has scored 5 centuries in test cricket while 6 in ODI

Against or rivalries India Shahid Afridi has scored 5 centuries 3in tests and 2 in ODI

As of May 2013, Matches 27 373 70
Runs scored 1,716 7,516 1044
Batting average 36.51 23.34 18.98

He has an ODI strike rate of 114.53(3rd highest)

Bowling

48 test wickets and over 378 in ODIs with a best of 7 wickets for just 12 runs. Currently Afridi is third on the list of leading wicket takers in the Twenty20 format, , taking 76 wickets from 73 matches with an average of 22.2

In ODI World Cup 2011, Afridi Makes Another World Record. He Took 22 Wickets During Such Tournament That Was Most Number Of Wickets By Any Captain In History Of ODI Cricket If U Talk About T20 Shahid Afridi Has Taken 41 Wickets In Different T20 World Cups. This Is Still A World Record.

In 2013, Shahid Afridi Bowled a Magical Spell of Bowling against West Indies, Where he Took 7 Wickets Giving Away Just 12 Runs. That Was The 2nd Best Bowling Performance in ODI History.

He is a man to whom the world praises if you talks about foreigners

Michael Holding: Cricket is not cricket without Shahid Afridi.

Sachin Tendulkar: Afridi is “fire” for us.

Geoffrey Boycott: He is a power house, my favorite player of all time.

Yuvraj: Even after hitting 6 sixes, can’t even come close to Afridi’s fame

On 4 October 1996, against Sri Lanka in Nairobi. His innings included 28 runs off one of Sanath Jayasuriya’s overs, whose record he broke.

Made 32 runs off a Malinga Bandara over in an ODI game at Abu Dhabi in 2007. He struck four consecutive sixes and it was the 2nd most expensive over in ODI history.

Holds four of the top eight fastest ODI half centuries, twice completed in 18 balls once in 19 and twice in 20 balls. He has also scored a half century of just 21 balls.

The third fastest ODI century off 45 balls in April 2005 against India commentator Ravi Shastri make him the nickname Boom Boom Afridi

Youngest player in history to make an ODI century at just 16 years and 217 days with his 37 ball ton against Sri Lanka. It included 11 sixes and 6 fours.

Most matches in career (6th)

Was the First player to score 12 runs off one ball, by hitting the roof of the Millennium Stadium.
Only player who took 350 wickets and scored 7000 runs in ODIs.
Only player who took 5 wicket + score a fifty three time.
Only Player to hit more 400 Sixes in International career, 333 Sixes in His Incredible ODI Career

Only Pakistani and 2nd Player in Cricket history, Who Scored More Than 10,000 Runs and Took 500 plus Wickets in International Career

The top 3 highest inning strike rate also belongs to Shahid Afridi with a highest inn strike rate of 357.1

Due to his remarkable performance in all types of cricket Shahid Afridi received most man of the match awards in Pakistan cricket history.

Let me tell u an interesting fact that Shahid Afridi has got 5 wicket haul 8 times and not a single time Pak lost the match and he is world no.3 in terms of 5 wickets haul ..

Stats shows that whenever Shahid Afridi has taken 4 or more wickets or have scored 50+ runs 95% Pak has been declared as a winner Which clearly states that he is the match winner He is super star it is very hard to say that player like him will come in future. He is a gift for cricket, and an all-rounder with so many records

We salute you sir for your dedication, devotion, struggle, strives and for representing our country our nation as an ambassador with a pride u r a real hero and we are standing with you in all your good and off time

And now to serve humanity he is here with as passionate as ever so concluding my speech I am living a question for u that “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

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