Viscous pioneers robotics and automation revolution in Pakistan.
Flare: Please share with us your professional background as to how it all started?
Anas: I am a Mechatronics engineer from SZABIST. It all started when I felt the need of product development during my graduation. When I used to watch national geographic and see marvelous robots and creations, I always had a feel that I can do the same bit, but how can I get those assemblies? How would I fabricate? I started making my robots by molding acrylic using knives by heating them on my cooking range. Then I discovered the rapid prototyping and started working on that day and night. During my graduation, I and my partner, Ovais Hussain Qureshi, initiated a company under the title of Viscous.co with the belief that 'change is for the better'.
Flare: How did you start your career?
Anas: Since I was an engineering student I always wanted to pursue with the best in this domain and started off from making small robots to autonomous machines.
Flare: What are your aims and objectives as a CEO?
Anas: As a CEO I have an aim to bring change in Pakistan by revolutionising through technology from Kindergarten to industries. We need to start creating our own products and gadgets.
Flare: What kind of products and services is Viscous providing now?
Anas: Viscous.co is working from Kindergarten education sector to top industries in Pakistan. Provide better, understandable study models to programmable robots to educational institutes, from reverse engineering to product development in industries. We urge the industries to manufacture more and more products in Pakistan so we can cut down our imports and enhance opportunities for jobs and produce more employment.
Flare: What are the customer's satisfaction strategies adopted by the brand?
Anas: Viscous.co's priorities are the customer's satisfaction, for which we have a highly efficient team comprised mainly of engineers from the domains of robotics, electronics, mechatronics, computing and mechanical. Quality control is assured and we follow the protocols of quality check and safety.
Flare: What kind of challenges did you face at Viscous?
Anas: We are working on the most advanced technology, and raising awareness is one of the main pillars of our strategy. In a country like Pakistan change of technology takes time so it's getting a space inside but since it's something totally new so we know that it will gradually take some more time to evolve.
Flare: Share with us an accomplishment that you consider significant in your career?
Anas: Viscous.co has made some remarkable marks. We have made Pakistan's first 3D-printed suits by fulfilling the thoughts of a designer from Lahore and exhibited in San Fransisco. That's how we brought Pakistan to the race of 3D printed suits. Besides we have helped many people to make their products that have increased the employment. We have made some efforts in the field of music, making Pakistan's first 3D-printed guitar that is fully operational (playable), and are working to bring the dead instruments back to life.
Viscous.co recently made history by preserving heritage and reverse engineered a 4,000 years old statue of King Priest extracted from the ruins of Mohonjo Daro. Not only we reversed engineered that and saved digitally but we also made replicated model of that, so that this can be displayed and our heritage can be protected more. Viscous.co has revolutionised many industries by refining their products.
Flare: Any tough decisions you have taken in your professional life?
Anas: Since I am an entrepreneur and initiated this business during my graduation that was the toughest decision of my professional life.
Flare: Unemployment in Pakistan has become a serious issue. How can we create jobs?
Anas: By enabling industries to make their own products, reducing the imports and triggering development of viable products can not only fulfill our needs but can also boosts our exports.
Flare: Where do you rate luck and hard work in the success of any individual?
Anas: Well to me luck and hard work is proportional to each other, I believe that you cannot only depend on your luck. The more you will work hard the more your luck will have a chance to get lucky.
Flare: What is your present priority of life?
Anas: Priority of life is to make an impact in Pakistan through technology that the world should recognise our products and services.
Flare: How to project Pakistan's positive image across the world?
Anas: By adopting the latest technologies, working with the same expertise and same skills set, so that the world may know that we are not left behind.