Gsm Nation LLC
GSM Nation is a wireless retail and services company. Through its e-commerce platform (www.gsmnation.com), the company sells a wide selection of smart-phones (i-phones, blackberry and android phones), tablets and other wireless accessories. GSM Nation’s biggest value proposition is no-contract wireless service plans for consumers who don’t want to be locked in a two year contract. In addition to its retail platform Gsm Nation offers solutions for organizations ranging from the State Department to fortune 500 companies. GSM Nation was incubated at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute in 2009 by Ahmed Khattak . The company is trending to $100 million in revenue in 2013- Just over 3 years after it stadted.
- Industry: Consumer Products & Services
- Year Started: 2010
- Organization Type: For-Profit
- # of Employees: 14 ( as of Dec 31, 2012)
When Ahmed arrived in the U.S., his first thought was to call his parents to let them know he'd arrived safely. He was flabbergasted that he could not afford to buy a device without first signing up for a 2-year contract, which he was unable to do since he did not have a social security number, let alone a credit history-his college roommate had to co-sign with him. It was that seminal moment when he decided he would find a way to help customers in the U.S. enjoy the benefits of GSM technology like the international community, where phones are unlocked and mobile plans are available contract free. Today, GSM Nation is disrupting the status quo by providing unlocked, contract-free smartphones to consumers. In doing so, the company is not only helping those consumers save thousands of dollars in cellphone bills, but changing the way people think about mobile service
- Age: 28
Junaid Shams is the co-founder of GSM Nation and manages the Washington, DC office. He has strong interests in business innovation and growth strategies. As a first generation college graduate, Junaid recently received his medical degree from The George Washington University. He plans to pursue an orthopaedic surgery residency program next year.
- Age: 27