The product theme for Bismillah is very simple, you get a unique email address with an Identify which immediately affiliates you to the religion Islam. Some people might think that the size of niche is very small as to create a complete product. However you might change your opinion after looking at some interesting stats shared by Bismillah team they are pretty impressive for a service that just launched in 2010. . I got a chance to talk to them regarding their service.
GnW> When was bismillah.com launched?
Bismillah.com> Bismillah.com domain name was reserved in 1995 to build a community around Muslims. Bismillah Mail is Bismillah.com’s product and we are working on it for last 6 months. Public beta of Bismillah Mail was launched on September, 2010.
GnW>. How does the traffic look like (number of hits, unique visitors etc)
Bismillah.com> So far the statistics are very interesting. Following are our last 30 days statistics
– More than one million emails sent and received.
– More than one hundred and fifty thousand emails blocked and marked as spam.
– More than half a million times users have logged into our servers from our webmail client or third party email clients (like Apple Mail etc).
– More than three hundred thousand page views from 181 different countries/territories.
GnW>. What is the current number of registered users?
Answer: More than 42000 registered users.
GnW> sustaining an email service is a tough job specially regarding to server space you need to maintain, how do you plan to manage it?
Bismillah.com> Its a very good question. We have deployed our application in a cloud environment. So we can easily grow server performance and disk space as needed. And for that we have designed our product for Amazon cloud computing and storage services.
GnW> Whats the business idea behind this, how do you monetize in future ?
Bismillah.com> We have a niche market with huge potential. Besides advertising to this highly specific and rapidly growing audience, some of our new advanced features will be subscription based for organizations. But for individuals we’ll prefer to be free.
GnW> Who is the founding team behind this?
Bismillah.com>We have started with a team of 4 people working on the service. It is backed by the owner of the domain, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Jalil, a Pakistani entrepreneur with more than 20 years of business experience in technology and aviation.