My name is Sradda and I am writing a piece on how to prepare for an earthquake in Nepal for The Week (Apr. 22, 2011).
I was wondering if any Harilo customer had purchased the earthquake alarm and would be willing to give me a quote. I'm particularly interested in why you decided to install the alarm and if it went off in the recent 5.7 earthquake to hit western Nepal.
Attention: The fan has to operate at 220v for your submission to win the contest. This means that most U.S. based retailers will not work since they sell fans at 110v. Hint: Try to find a retailer in the U.K. or any country that operates at 220v that will ship the fan to the U.S.
Domestic Shipping does not refer to what it costs for us to deliver the item to your house in Nepal from our office on Kantipath.
Domestic shipping is what the retailer (such as Best Buy, New Egg or Walmart) charges to ship a product from their warehouse to our warehouse in Florida. You can find out what the domestic shipping is on most websites by either using their built-in shipping estimator or adding an item to the shopping cart.
For the most accurate domestic shipping estimates, use a ZIP code in Florida, such as 33122.
We offer free domestic shipping from Amazon.com, except when the item is sold from a third party. How can you tell? Look at the price in the right hand corner (see photo for example).
Or look for "free shipping with Amazon Prime":
Example: Price: $139.00 & eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime
When we first started our FB page at http://www.facebook.com/harilo we had less than 10 "likes". Then we hit 100. It felt good but I wanted more. I wasn't exactly sure why, but I wanted more. It felt like a popularity contest of sorts and dammit I wanted to be popular! After all isn't it the definition of popularity when people officially declare that they "like" you? A few weeks later (thanks Liana!) we hit 1000. It felt like a milestone. But you get used the the extra zero pretty quickly and I wanted more. We hit 2000 shortly after. And if I extrapolate I estimate that we'll hit 3000 in a few days time. Yay. Thanks for all the love everyone. Getting "liked"... it's kind of addictive. Who knew.
It's interesting that every time there is a major earthquake in the world there is a surge of interest among Nepalis for their family's safety in Nepal. It happened after the Haiti earthquake and it's happening again after the Japan EQ last week. Which is great - we all need to be prepared and those who prepare, even a little bit, are the ones that survive disasters. I get emails and phone calls - people want advice because of my educational background but the interest goes down after a few days as the images of the tragedies drop from Nepalis memories.
So while what's happening in Japan is still fresh on everyone's mind I thought I'd start a thread. Simply post a comment naming a product that would be useful before, during, or after an earthquake in Nepal. The person that posts the most useful product (determined by us at Harilo) wins a free Harilo T-shirt.
Rules: 1. The product must be available - either locally or through Harilo.
2. One submission per user
3. Contest ends on Friday (26 March) at 5pm
One of the joys of starting your own company is that you get to dictate your own office culture. In fact, for many people (myself included), it's a big reason they want to be an entrepreneur in the first place. Being your own boss, controlling your own destiny, yadda yadda. That's all great and true. But none are as fun for me as being able to dress the way I want, decorating the office the way I like it, and playing any music I want during work hours.
To be honest I've always been envious of tech startups in silicon valley and dot coms in general. Although Harilo is my second tech startup, my first one was in stuffy Boston and involved a lot of video and phone conferences from my home office so I never felt that it really counted. It was successful but it lacked the fun office culture that I always wanted to be part of and read about. I wanted the foosball tables, lava lamps, free food and drinks and candy, lounge chairs, outrageous art, and all the glory and bragging rights that comes with it.
Ok - we don't have a foosball table or lava lamps at the Harilo office yet. But we now have free candy and sofas in the office. And we blast music in our office all day long! And my personal favorite accomplishment - flat hierarchy. There's no executive office or implied rank in the office. Everyone's equal and everyone's fulfilling orders and helping customers.
Flat hierarchies are both a blessing and a curse. The good thing about it is that Kim and I are on the front-lines and interacting directly with customers. Bureaucracy is the enemy of efficiency and I'm proud to say that we have none at our office. We get a first hand view of how our customers are interacting with Harilo and if they have a problem, everyone, including both co-founders can move quickly to fix it.
The bad thing about flat hierarchies is... that Kim and I are on the front-lines and interacting directly with customers. And I'm now getting to see just how difficult it is to make everyone happy. We're dealing with people after all and no matter how hard we try to treat everyone with respect, be honest and transparent, misunderstandings occur. Estimate time of arrival becomes THE time of arrival. items going out of stock on Amazon becomes Harilo's fault.
So the quest continues. Maybe we'll never get there 100%. But we'll keep trying. And in the meantime there's free mint chocolates, swedish fish, and music in the office. Come in and say hi - if we can convince even one young Nepali out there to start their own fun tech startup in Nepal it will make my day.