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Yasin Paracha (Team A Ventures) at Startup Grind Karachi

Yasin Paracha started his career in 1992, spending a year in the family owned Trading and Logistics business, and exploring new opportunities. After completing his MBA, Yasin started his first business project and proceeded to set up a small Stuffed Toy manufacturing and export business in EPZ, Karachi. Ziqi Toys is still the only producer of Stuffed Toys in Pakistan, exporting to Germany and other markets, as well as, distributing the same child safe and international standard toys within Pakistan, and is being managed by a trained and experienced team. A major step in his career took place in 2004, when he entered the retail sector. Yasin is the Founder and Managing Director of Team A Ventures, established in 2004 as a retail franchise business representing renowned international high street brands, starting with the franchise for Mothercare Plc. The company has grown rapidly in the last 8 years, in terms of like for like growth, brand portfolio and infrastructure. At present the company represents eight brands, including, Mothercare, Next, Debenhams, Timberland, Accessorize, Monsoon, Crocs and Early Learning Centre, and manages more than 80,000 sft. of prime retail space across 35+ stores and a team of over 350 people. The company continues to focus on training of sales force to enhance customer experience, strengthening supply chain to ensure quick warehouse to shop and shop to floor availability of stock, and employing retail tool and data systems to ensure that customer expectations are met. Yasin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the London School of Economics and a Master of Business Administration degree from Clark University, Massachusetts.

January 24, 2017

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