To mark World Youth Skills Day, we highlight the achievements of local Bohra, computer science student and tech entrepreneur Hussain Jhaveri.
It is March 2020, and – like much of the rest of the world – Tampa, Florida is in lockdown due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shops are closed, many people have lost their jobs, and students are struggling to learn from home. In the midst of such adversity, three young men – Hussain Jhaveri, a member of the Dawoodi Bohra community of Tampa, and his friends Aidan Arnold and Christian Alfano-Nerey – formed RuntimeReady, a website development company that is helping their local neighborhood businesses to get online.
Despite operating on a shoestring budget, Hussain and his colleagues believe that have found a way to use their programming skills to compete with the big tech corporations. As well as building innovative websites and web applications, RuntimeReady.com offers SEO and digital marketing, branding and identity, and digital images and videos, and has already been commissioned by many clients.
All three young men are no strangers to hard work. In the past few years, they have each held internships and part-time jobs working in local stores, hobby shops, and supermarkets. Now it was time to use their skills to give back to their struggling community.
After spending weeks learning how to code, designing websites, and setting up databases and host servers, they worried that they were taking one step forwards but two steps backwards. But they persevered, divided the work between them, and acquired the necessary skills. Aidan learned how to use HTML/CSS software (which controls the layout of multiple web pages) and focused on graphic design, Hussain studied Python Django and SQL software in order to build the backend application framework, while Christian helped setup the security infrastructure to build a robust production setup.
They spent many hours learning and refining their product by talking to owners and customers of local shops, creating mock-up designs on scraps of paper, and learning business processes and modeling. By summer, they were ready to launch their first website, a payroll and e-commerce self-service app. The customer was thrilled with the end result, and there has been no looking back since.
RuntimeReady.com became an official company in late 2020 and, to date, the trio of friends and business partners have launched numerous digital properties for a range of clients, from tech companies to custom T-shirt stores and local shops selling fresh fish & bait.
Nothing is too small or too difficult for these entrepreneurs. And they have their sights set on even bigger things. Aidan is enrolled in a Business degree, Christian is studing Cyber Security, and Hussain will shortly be graduating in Computer Science. They continue to learn, and develop, and to inspire others by the courage of their convictions, and we wish them the very best in their bright futures in business.