IT: a profile of another young star Hamid Farooqui
Hamid Farooqui, 30, is the chief technology officer of Zarca Interactive, a company that creates online surveys for companies and non-profit organisations, such as surveys on customer satisfaction and employee engagement. The company also owns mouthshut.com, an online information exchange website on which users can post their reviews about various products. He helped his brother Faisal start this venture in 2000.
Hamid had an interest in computers and the Internet back when most people could not differentiate between e-mail and a web address.
This was during the early '90s. He was then doing his Bachelor of Engineering at Saboo Siddik College, majoring in production, a branch of mechanical engineering. The realisation that his true calling lay in computers came a year after he graduated, and it led him to apply to various US universities for admission to a masters degree in computer science. He eventually went to State University of New York at Binghamton.
After completing his Masters, he decided not to pursue a PhD, and worked with software giant Oracle in its travel software division in Boston.
It was during Farooqui's stint in the US that he realised that things were rapidly changing back home. Indian entrepreneurs were launching various products and service companies were flourishing, and the world was taking notice.
Having helped his brother founded mouthshut.com, and as its client list expanded, Hamid had no choice but to come down from the US to help his brother manage the company's growth. Since 2006, he's been associated with the company in the role of chief technology.
Mouthshut.com today has more than two million registered users from India, and gets more than a million page views a day.
His day's schedule is hectic: he wakes up at 8 am and often goes to sleep at 2 am the next day.
Since the company is in expansion mode, he now oversees hiring and ensures that the right talent is recruited. The company today has more than 100 employees in India and physical presence in the Gulf, Singapore and United States.