About Us2018-09-22T09:51:12+00:00

Altaf Gilani

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will win but those who can best manage change.”

While working as an employee for 11 years, I realized the potential of this industry and what heights I can achieve as an entrepreneur. Along with my friend Noel Chauhan who joined me as a partner, we decided to use our experience and build something that was ours.

I knew from the beginning that it will never be a cakewalk and learned it the hard way through some of my own decisions that didn’t turn out as I had thought of. But from childhood, I didn’t have too many resources on my hand and that proved a blessing in disguise for me, as I learned to innovate and make the best use of things on my hand.

Leaving hefty pay cheque wasn’t easy for me but my determination to start something of myself was much above that lucrative salary I received in my pocket at the end of every month. But I was lucky enough to have gained momentum in very few months and was able to make a base of my own in this industry.

I never compromised with the quality, as that was one of the main reasons for me to start my own venture. Slowly and steadily I started building my team and with a team of fantastic few, we started on a journey aiming to touch the sky.

While working on making Eminent the best digital marketing company, an opportunity crossed my path and after a thorough deliberation, I decided to capture that opportunity and thus SWAHAM was born. It helped me in a way that not only I shared my knowledge but also gained a lot from a totally different field than what was I involved in till then.

Though initially, it was a challenging job to manage both the ventures simultaneously but with proper planning, delegation of work and time management helped me to maintain a near perfect work-life balance.

My role at Swaham was not just about providing an IT support but more about having perfect User Interface. While many e-commerce portals have an exorbitant return rate, at Swaham it is way less. We made sure that we maximize the functionality to minimize our returns. Our clients beforehand know what they are buying and how it would turn-up.

My motto is simple, be honest and love your work and in turn your work will make your life lovely.

An ambivert by nature, I prefer adjusting myself in accordance to the company I have or the people I am interacting with. When it comes to interacting, I prefer listening to the other person first and understand what is being communicated; this is one of the best quality I have developed. Listening to understand and not listening to answer is I believe the first step of having a meaningful conversation with someone.

I believe having a work-life balance is something that everyone should try to achieve. Spending time with your family and friends, indulging in sports and other social activities not only allows you to rejuvenate but also helps you to concentrate better and sometimes you get the best ideas when you are not thinking about it.

The badge “Professional” has always excited me the most. So on a personal level, I am also involved with Ismaili Professionals Network (IPN). I joined IPN as a SIG (IT) in-charge, responsible for the upgrade & update of IT professionals in the community, later on, to be promoted as Honorary Secretary and then Chairman.

While being associated with IPN, I learned the importance of networking and how it can help you drive your growth.
While I am away from work, I spend my time browsing the internet for good content. Riding bike has always been my passion but at the same time driving car amidst the Ahmedabad traffic is what I try to escape!

Let’s take the clock back to the time to dig into my life and step into my shoes which were then not quiet fancy to be worn!

My Journey

My Journey
2002
2002

1st Job – Cyber Cafe

As soon as I completed my schoolings (12th Commerce), to keep myself afloat I started working fulltime at a cyber cafe; a mere Rs.1500 job which at that time meant a lot to me and my family. No doubt the job was small but my dreams weren’t; I started building my dreams with those small opportunities that developed in me a passion for learning more about how I can explore internet as a technology to grow myself.
2005
2005

Graduation

During 2002-2005, while I was working full time at Cyber Cafe I somehow managed to complete my graduation in commerce.
2005

Working with AKES,I

Meanwhile, I was exploring the Internet as an opportunistic medium, In January 2005, I joined an NGO Aga Khan Education Services, India (AKES,I), where I could do some social work as well as earn better for my livelihood. Another best part was it was very near to home so for time being I took that daytime job and during night time, I was exploring the internet and learning about digital marketing from my elder brother - Amish Gilani.
2006
2006

Professional Program in Human Resource Management

Working into education services made me realise how important it was for me to continue pursuing my education. I immediately joined professional program in Human Resource Management at Gujarat Law Society, Centre for Management Excellence to get a corporate understanding and upgrade my skills, as learning is a lifelong process.
2007
2007

Got 1st Job in SEO

In August 2007, my passion for internet landed me to ZealousWeb Technologies as an SEO Trainee. I wanted to work with a growing company small company that would give me the highest exposure and opportunity to grow myself as an individual.
2007

1st Promotion – SEO Architect

I worked very hard and it turned out quite well; within the span of two months, I was promoted to the designation of SEO Architect. I was first one to get that designation and that motivated me to acquire gain extra acquire greater craftsmanship spirit in the world of Digital Marketing.
2009
2009

2nd Promotion – Project Leader

Highly motivated with my promotion, I worked extra hard. And, soon in 2009; I was promoted to the reputed post of Project Leader.
2010
2010

Advance Diploma in Management

As I was getting prompt promotions, I wanted to gain exposure in the field of Management. So I joined a management program in ICFAI which completed in 2010.
2011
2011

3rd Promotion – Project Manager

Project Manager was the highest designation available which I achieved in 2011; independently managing the team of around 22 individuals where the whole organization count was around 60.
2013
2013

Joined IPN

In March 2013, I joined Ismailli Professional Network (IPN) – Ahmedabad chapter as Incharge of Special Interest Group (IT).
2013

Started 1st Venture – Eminent InfoWeb LLP

In August 2013 I was pumped up to set my foot into the world of entrepreneurship as a founding partner of Eminent InfoWeb LLP. It was a very crucial decision to leave a high paying cheque and stepping into the world of entrepreneurship which was a kind-off roller coaster. But with the grace of God, right after the 2 months from the inception, we were operationally breaking even.
2016
2016

Chairman of IPN Ahmedabad

In March 2016, I climbed the ladder further to become Chairman of IPN Ahmedabad; the position I am holding for 3 years now
2016

Started 2nd Venture – Swaham Artesign LLP

This year was the most remarkable one for me; I started my second venture Swaham Artesign LLP into the field of customized merchandising with two co-founders with whom I made a good report IPN Ahmedabad
This website uses cookies and third party services. Ok