Forbes, a reputable American business magazine, has released its popular annual feature, 30 under 30, this year that features two Pakistani individuals. Bilal Athar and Waqas Ali, made Pakistan proud by getting featured in the IT related rankings for Asia. This news should be sufficient enough to claim that Pakistan is making huge strides in IT industry.
Forbes 30 Under 30 is an annual feature of Forbes which honors 600 talented individuals under the age of 30, across the globe. The magazine lists all 600 individuals in 20 different industries such as Technology, Media, Sport, and many more.
Bilal Athar, who is the chief executive officer of Wifigen, was shortlisted by Forbes for its 30 under 30 Enterprise Technology List. Further, Bilal was amongst the 30 talented individuals from Asia who made it to the list. Bilal is currently leading and supervising all the operations of Wifigen, a startup which was a member of Plan9’s incubation cycle. The startup later was applauded by many individuals and managed to muster a $1 Million valuation.
On the other hand, Waqas Ali, another Pakistani who got featured in Forbes 30 under 30 list, is currently the CEO of Markhor, a well-known e-commerce platform. Waqas Ali was shortlisted by Forbes in its 30 Under 30 Retail & Ecommerce department, Asia. Many investors seem to be interested in investing in Markhor. In 2014, the company initiated its Kickstarter campaign and successfully raised $107,286 from 508 backers from across the world. In 2014, Markhor was the first Pakistani startup to get itself enrolled at Y Combinator.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that these two Pakistanis have done a wonderful job in improving our country’s image and demolishing the popular belief that talented individuals are not appreciated in Pakistan.