Work Experience

Cofounder & CEO, 4Cplus (1999 – 2003)
After having grown in the IT industry as a media person for more than 5 years, Osama co-founded 4Cplus, a “knowledge technology” company, in 1999. 4Cplus is now a well-established 80 people company based out of New Delhi, having 3 offices across India. 4Cplus (www.4Cplus.com) was started with just 20 people, and have grown to 80 in less than 2 years. 4Cplus has a unique positioning in the industry as an IT solution company having vertical focus on Customized ERP CIO365™ for Media, Manufacturing, and Food Processing industries, Patent pending technology-based multilingual Intranet called Knowledger™ for SMEs, Content Management System – MediaWrap™, Editorial Management System – NewsWrap™ for publishing industry, and Suit of Language Technology solutions for eGovernance, and all kind of regional language computing.

June 1997 – Early 2000
Head & Consultant – Interactive Media Division, The Hindustan Times
When Osama joined HT, the latter had only two people (including Osama) in the Internet department. Osama took bold initiatives in HT, which is widely known as a traditional company, and formed the “Interactive Media Division” and lunched within six months the website of Hindustan Times (www.hindustantimes.com). After its successful launch and acceptance among HT’s readers and NRIs, Osama conceptualized to create a separate entity for HT in the form of a portal and lunched DigitalHT.com as India’s one of the largest portal. Within six months of its launch DigitalHT.com got a deal from Chase Capital and got more than nine million dollar investment in the portal, and thus it was made a separate company. At that time, the Interactive Media division of HT had more than 40 people on roll. However, handing over the responsibilities to HT, Osama found a better prospects in ideating his own venture, and left for good. At HT, however, Osama learnt a lot about entrepreneurship, and how to manage a company and people. Later, it was learnt that DigitalHT.com had been renamed as go4i.com, and yet later, it was learnt that even go4i.com has been planned to shut down and to be merged with hindustantimes.com.

What is “India 2.0″?
Besides being a netizen of the global village, Osama feels proud for coining the word “INDIA 2.0.” As he defines it, “India 2.0 is the second version of India, especially in the light of her growth in the age of information revolution, new economy, MTV generation, and her software contribution to the world market. He has, in fact, introduced a daily column called India 2.0 in The Hindustan Times. In 1997-98″ “In other words, INDIA 2.0 covered the activities having affected on India/ns in the post 50-years of independent India entering in the 21st century which is influenced by the digital revolution, and the values of the global village.”

Along with the regular job, Osama remained in touch with many foreign journals and magazines as stringer and contributing writers. Some of them were:

>>>The Industry Standard, San Francisco-based, an IDG’s weekly publication for the Internet Economy in which Osama was a contributing writer since its inception in 1997. For those, who know, TIS started as a less than 100 page magazine per week by IDG (International Data Group) and grew up to 300 plus pages per week. Primarily driven by the dotcom economy as far as the ad revenues were concerned, the company however could not survive in the post dotcom era despite it’s being the most unique magazine covering the information economy. Manzar’s articles published in the magazine can be searched from its archive website at www.thestandard.com.
Industry Standard’s influence on Manzar was so much that he started the similar concept driven magazine with Indian focus (readwww.inomy.com).

>>>MIS Asia, Singapore-based monthly for MIS managers on information management. Osama was stringer with the publication for about 3 years doing various case studies on IT usage in successful India corporate houses. He did IT usage case studies on CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation, India); Department of Post, India; Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; Modi Xerox, New Delhi; National Crime Research Bureau, New Delhi; The Times of India, New Delhi, and so on. All these articles and more can be searched from MIS website atwww.misweb.com.

>>> Beside, Osama also contributed occasionally to Philippine-based World Executive Digest, Germany-based news agency called 23rd.Com (www.23rd.com).

December 1994 – May 1997
Assistant Editor, IS Computerworld, New Delhi
IS Computerworld was an Indian affiliate of IDG (www.idg.net) of US, the publishers of Computerworld (www.computerworld.com) of US. The fortnightly targets at the IS managers in the country, and boast a circulation of over 15,000, in a niche market of merely 25,000 IS managers. Osama joined the magazine as a correspondent, with a focus on newsgathering and occasional features. During the early 12 months, he did incisive stories on almost all the major fields within the InfoTech industry. That gave him valuable insights into the working of the industry, the perceptions of the users, and the needs of the readers. It was during that period of learning that he was exposed to the desk and the nuances of production. This exposure also gave his stories a stronger focus in terms of visuals, charts, word length and the like. He learnt that merely reporting on a beat was not enough; the report needed to be communicated in a simple and reader-friendly manner. Due to his understanding of the highly discerning readership, within one year the expanse of his responsibilities was increased.

As assistant editor, he was singularly responsible for a 16-page section on the Internet. IS Computerworld, was the only periodical then in India, which had a section completely devoted to the Internet. Right from the very first issue, this section became successful not only with the readers, but also with the advertisers. Incidentally, only a few fortnightlies of Computerworld could be seen as Osama’s stories not on the cover. Osama owes a lot to the leaders of the IT and IT users’ fraternity for they taught him in the process of reporting and writing. Osama considers his days at ComputerWorld as the foundation of future endeavors.

January 1991 to November 1994
During this period spanning almost four years, Osama developed a keen sensitivity towards the larger issues addressing the country. These include the environment, economic development, education, and social relations. Using his pen as a tool, he learnt about these issues by meeting people at the frontiers and translating their perceptions into researched reports for the media. The shift from the pen to the keyboard further sharpened his skills. His work during this period is as follows:

>>> In this period he got published more than 150 of write-ups for various national dailies and magazines, such as The Hindustan Times, The Pioneer, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Sunday Observer, etc.

>>> SOS Children’s Villages of India. This is an Indian arm of the worldwide institution SOS Kinderdorf, Austria, which provides homes for orphaned children. Osama was the editor of this organization’s newsletter. This is an Indian arm of the worldwide institution SOS Kinderdorf, Austria, which provides homes for orphaned children.

>>> Down To Earth. “Down To Earth” is a fortnightly on science and environment. This is a part of the internationally known Centre for Science and Environment, a non-government organization at the forefront of policy and development issues. Osama did a series of project reports for this organization, some of which were used in the magazine.

>>> Freelance Writing. While gathering knowledge on these fields, Osama wrote in a whole host of newspapers and magazines. These include, The Sunday Observer (circulation: 10,000), The Pioneer (circulation: 10,000), and The Hindustan Times (circulation: 7, 50, 000).

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