In January, a young entrepreneur Farooq Seeru from the city of Sopore, North Kashmir, developed Saalas, a mobile application with the aim of delivering food (fast food, wazwaan, Chinese, etc.) and products from home grocery store.
“In the delivery/fulfillment service model, we’ve come a long way and reached important milestones early on,” he said, adding “It wasn’t easy, and we encountered a lot of difficulties. and obstacles, but we have learned and improved, many failures and setbacks.
The app is currently operational in the city of Sopore, but he wants to expand it to all of Kashmir. The app is available in the Google Play Store for all Android phones and in the App Store for iPhone users.
A software engineer by profession with a strong background in data science (artificial intelligence and machine learning), Farooq has traveled to different countries around the world and worked in various countries such as England, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Dubai. .
“Saalas is one of my first initiatives through which I can serve the people of my city, and moreover, my goal is to digitize Kashmir by providing technological solutions,” he said.
This initiative has become a source of employment for 11 people, from delivery people to office assistants.
Hailing from Arampora, Farooq has a well-defined vision for the year 2023. “Among the many goals, we plan to create a series of cloud kitchens and dark shops in Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora, Kupwara, Srinagar and other other parts of the valley,” he said, adding, “I have a team working on the ground and working out the finer details of cloud kitchens and dark store setups.
“We are currently fundraising and have already successfully completed our first round of investments,” Farooq said.
The 32-year-old entrepreneur did MS Software Systems from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani.
Farooq has proven that with hard work and determination anyone can succeed in life and considers his older brother an inspiration.