Vopium is a Danish-Pakistani venture focusing on allowing almost free calls and messaging services irrespective of your location or network. The Denmark-based company was founded in 2006 by Tanveer Sharif, Imran Sadiq and Brian Sussemiehl who had previous experience with development of mobile applications.
As we covered the company in June, it has acquired up to $6.4 million in VC funding and is faring quite well. They started their operations in Lahore, Pakistan in 2003 (all the techy stuff was developed here) and they currently employ 50 persons. Tanveer Sharif recently told me in a conversation that they are planning to double this figure before end of 2009.
Tanveer also said that VC funding is not always a blessing though it does help in building a successful company.
As for the VC funding, let me assure you that it is not always a blessing. We have raised USD 6.8M last year, and we would love to help other Pakistani companies to achieve financial injections. I am a member of a Danish Pakistani group that helps companies establish themselves in Pakistan, and I am helping companies like Getmore, Youpark, Gatefone etc to get the right people as well as finances.
He also added that despite the current financial and political turmoil and also many scary stories of working in this country, which he refused to narrate, he will continue investing in Pakistan.