This week we’ll be adding Forums, which I expect will increase traffic and time-on-site even more.
Q1) Has the Government shown any interest in you building an Arabic site.
A1) I don’t really know. My PayPal account was frozen for quite some time after I tried moving money out of the region – but I don’t know who or what was responsible for that.
Q2) What made you decide to partner on building an Arabic site in the first place?
A2) Easy – it was Faisal. I certainly don’t know much about the Arabic Web market – Faisal does. But I didn’t decide to do this because I thought building an Arabic web site was a great idea – I joined the effort because I liked Faisal – I loved his passion. I recognized that he is smart, and funny, and a person of character. I wanted to work with him more than I cared what we actually worked on. It’s all about the people.
Q3) Are you making any money yet?
A3) Well, no. Not after just a few weeks. It takes a long time to build a site and a community. We are patient. Luckily everything is already paid for, no VC funding was used, and we have nobody to answer to except ourselves. That makes it much easier to wait and see how things develop. We have very little pressure to immediately turn a profit. Any revenue now is going right back into the site.
Q4) What is your current involvement with the site.
A4) It’s pretty much what it has always been – I advise, I try to remove obstacles, I help plan new features, I manage the server, etc. But mostly Faisal is doing the heavy lifting. This is certainly his baby – I just get to feed it every now and then.
Q5) Where do you think the site will be in a year? How big do you think it will get?
A5) I think we’ll have tens of thousands of users. I think it will be an important site in the region, and I think the markets we want to be in will accept us well. Every sign so far says we are on the right track. Of course we need to continue to innovate, launch new features and keep people involved.
It’s fun watching the site grow, and interesting figuring out where we made bad design decisions. I’m learning a lot.