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Haroon Mokhtarzada – Webs

Haroon Mokhtarzada is the co-founder of Webs (formerly FreeWebs). Webs was started with only $2,000 and a single server in the closet. Today, Webs.com has enjoyed five years of steady growth – with millions of members, even more visitors and a lot more more servers!

Here are the notes.


About Haroon

  • Haroon is 28 years old, born in Afghanistan
  • He studied economics at the University of Maryland
  • His parents were immigrants so they didn’t have a network to find jobs so they started businesses

FreeWebs

  • Haroon and his two brothers Zeki and Idris started FreeWebs in 2001 with only $2,000 and a server, while studying for undergraduate degrees at the University of Maryland
  • They thought that it might be better to start small and build because they had no idea how to get funding
  • At the time everyone was getting email so they figured that eventually everyone would get websites
  • Their goal was to make it simple and easy to use so that even less advanced users could use it
  • FreeWebs was one of the first sites to offer no forced ads model which allowed growth because it was cutting edge

The Company Today

  • FreeWebs is now just Webs
  • Webs.com has over 20 million websites hosted and 20,000 new ones everyday which brings in annual earnings of over $5 million per year
  • There is a premium service offered which includes a domain name, email services, extra items in your web store, extra storage space or bandwidth for $5-$25 a month
  • This service is partnered with Google and gives customers free AdWords credits which means customers can advertise their site via Google’s advertising system for free

Future Goals/Projects

  • Haroon plans to do public interest work, like running a charitable organization
  • He is interested in creating a new way for groups and organizations to interact online
  • He started www.pagii.com which is a social expression tool that is completely drag and drop, unstructured and unfettered. It is targeted for youth who want to share pictures and other content in a new way

Tips For Young Entrepreneurs

  • One person can benefit the lives of many people if they have the will to do so
  • It is okay to go in business with family and friends depending on the relationship
  • Entrepreneurship is something that can be learned, you don’t have to be “born with it”
  • Set up business analytics earlier so you can track progress and see warnings quickly
  • “Less is more!”

Setting Up Your First Business

  • Launch early and fast and get it in front of the people
  • Don’t try to do everything right away
  • Get something out there and get feedback from customers as cheaply and quickly as possible then assess your next step
  • Try to pick something you can scale, where you can serve a lot of people without hiring a lot of people

Haroon’s Role Models

  • Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.
  • Max Levchin, Paypal
  • Mark Zuckerburg, Co-Founder of Facebook

Recommended Books

  • “Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell
  • “The Alchemist’s Handbook” by John Randolph Price

Connect With Haroon

Webs

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  1. Doug Johnson
    March 8, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I haven’t seen this interview on Mixergy, great story though.

    • Wayne
      March 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

      Thank you, our readers we want to offer our readers as many examples as possible so we pull from a wide variety of sources and conduct our own interviews. If you have anyone that you would like us to feature please let us know!

  2. Shawn Hault
    March 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Cool, this was interesting. I didnt see it on mixergy either. Ill have to start checking daily

  3. Yassir
    March 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    You guys have a good thing going on, this was very informative. You hav3 a lifetime supporter, keep em coming 🙂

  4. Susy Q
    March 12, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Im conidering using this to start my webiste

  5. D2E
    March 16, 2010 at 5:57 am

    this is so weird I am in the process of starting my own site, and I was debating whom I was going to get to host it…I logged on here and the first thing I saw was the notes on Haroon, I think its a sign, I’m going to go with Webs!!!

    • Wayne
      March 16, 2010 at 4:11 pm

      They do great work, you should. Do some research though before your go with them

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