Final year students Abhishek Khatiwada, Ashmita Thapa, Shibesh Duwadi, and Manoj Gyawali have started a new software company, Four Tuples.
The startup is currently in a DWIT Incubation center, where they have started working on several projects and have already hired paid interns. To know more about the team and their startup, DWIT News went to interview one of the founding members, Mr. Shibesh Duwadi. Here is what we got from him.
How did you guys come up with the name Four Tuples?
We actually decided the name on a whim. We knew that the name had to be attractive in itself - if the name was good, half our work would already be done for us. We tried a couple different combinations and Four Tuples seemed like the perfect fit.
How did you guys actually start?
You know how people say that startups start in a “Chiyaa Pasal”, that’s what literally happened to us.
I and Ashmita were already working in Digital Marketing but, it wasn’t exactly in the field of IT, so we were thinking about doing something in the IT field and starting a company. And Abhishek was also thinking about starting a company.
So, there we were - four of us, me, Ashmita, Abhishek and Manoj just talking about starting something in a “Chiyaa Pasal”, and here we are now.
What sort of projects have you worked on so far?
We are mostly working on website development at the moment. We’ve had some translation work- English to Nepali book translation; we have one product-based project, others are mostly service-based. We are also working as technical advisors to Mero Sikshya.
How did you guys come up with the seed fund?
We are very thankful to the college, in this regard. If not for the incubation lab provided by the college we’d have a monthly expense of around Rs. 3,000. We have free internet, free working space, tables, and chairs at the moment. As for registering, we collected fund from among ourselves.
What sort of challenges you’ve had to face so far?
One of the challenges is that we mostly have Nepali clients at the moment and they can be very difficult to work with. There is a communication gap; they don’t know all the requirements for their products and therefore we won’t be able to understand it clearly.
Is the startup going as you guys have expected so far?
It’s only been about four months, and while some things were unexpected it is mostly going as we’ve expected so far.
Even though it has consumed most of our time at the moment, it has been fun.
Where do you see the company going in the next few years?
Our ideal path is to work on international projects. If we can get there in the next year, it will be very good for us. For that we need to have a very good portfolio - we are working on it. The thing is that after working with Nepali projects we feel that it won’t be consistent for us. So, for the next few years, we will be focusing on that.
We are also looking to find work in other domains apart from coding, and IT, like digital marketing and other stuff.
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