Basar Munim Qari, a 17-year-old boy from Bagh-e-Mehtab, Srinagar, is one of the youngest CEOs. He is heading his own digital company and also works as the senior software developer in it. This class 11th student has launched a venture known as WebCycle, which develops websites, softwares, apps and graphics with other two members of his team Zuhaib Zahoor class 11th and Saad Khan of Class 10th.
WebCycle does not have an office of its own but the tri workds from the Delhi Public School's (DPS), Athwajan's digital lab, where they meet up with customers and work as a team. The amount with which it got started was Rs 1,000 only and in the initial stage there were no earnings at all but it got viral in 2016 and as the work progressed they earned Rs 36,000 from it.
"The idea of WebCycle came to my mind when I saw the situation here in Kashmir valley where businesses are not actually technologically developed. By this startup, I thought that it will serve the Kashmiri business community to compete with the business houses residing outside the state," said Basar.
However, he has not been part of any professional institute, where from he could have acquired the knowledge of developing the websites and other apps. All the technical know-how, he got was from online tutorials and at the age of twelve, he started developing websites.
"When I was in class 1oth, I started taking an online tutorial class on developing websites, and later on I started developing websites on my own and at web cycle, we develop hybrid mobile apps which run on any platform i.e., Android, IOS or windows and are created by using a single code base. We are the only web developers in the valley, who had adopted this type of technology at affordable price", said Basar.
As they have to study as well along with the job developing websites. All the members of this venture work during night hours and during daytime they get involved with their studies. "We get enough time for our projects to accomplish because at evening we start working on projects and I give lots of time to my colleagues. We have developed business websites such as Classic Crafts based in Chennai, Zuhib Fabrics, etc. and apps we have developed are Shahrul Ramdan (mobile app), it was released on Ramadan. Presently, we are working on an app and web application'Heachiv' a learning app, which will provide a platform to students on app development," said Basar.
Basar's WebCycle has been recently selected among the top ten projects in the 'Idea Challenge 2017: The Future World, a tech event organized by the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar. He had submitted his project www.webcycle.in at the NIT where his project was selected among the top ten projects in the valley and was demonstrated by him on October 2 before the panel of judges, in order to get the place among top three ideas. There were 42 proposals in the event only top ten were given the chance to demonstrate their projects in the final selection which included Basar's web cycle.