Social Media is like the science-fiction fantasy of my boyhood come true: For the first time in history it is possible for us to connect across the globe, across timezones and across cultures almost instantly. Social Media may be technology-driven, but it has no value without personality.
I have studied Media in London at a time when human life existed entirely without Facebook, WhatsApp and selfies!
In 2011 I built up my first startup in New York City. And in 2014 I went with another idea (ShelfSailor) to the Startup Weekend in Hamburg. My team won the price for the best design. Since then ShelfSailor.com has been featured in the media and on TV. In 2015 the startup has been nominated for the prestigious HAMMA (Hamburger Marketing Award).
I came to Germany in 2011 from Afghanistan. In Herat I started my own business as a photographer and doing Photoshop. Then I moved on to video and did a lot of advertising and promotional work. When companies needed websites or Facebook pages I did them as well. This is how I got eventually into social media.
Doing this kind of work in Afghanistan means you have to do most of the technical stuff yourself. Professional help is often not available and resources are scarce. You try a lot of things out until you get the results you want.
That’s why I value sharing knowledge and experience. Nothing beats the experience of learning from each other. That way you can progress quickly and evolve with your skills.
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