Jahanshah Javid, Karim Ardalan, Alireza Ardalan
Dream come true
This month marks the second anniversary of The Iranian. We have come a long way since our first issue. Back then the very idea of publishing a magazine such as the one you see today seemed overly idealistic.
The story is that I always wanted to have my own magazine, but in the spring of 1995 I could no longer just dream about it. I had to do something.
I was the marketing director and correspondent for, khodaa biyaamorzatesh, Iran Business Monitor and earning some pocket money as host for a segment in Aftab TV in New York (that's another story entirely). I told my friend and colleague Majid (Alex) Zarafshan that I needed to talk to him.
We went to a nice French restaurant across the street at the Citicorp building in Manhattan. "I have an idea: A quality magazine for Iranians, in English. Something we could all identify with. I can just see it..."
Majid was impressed by my enthusiasm but he feared I was not aware of the scale of the project and what it would take to realize. He told me all the things he had learned in business school; about writing a business plan, meeting investors, analyzing statistics and profit margins. He was absolutely right. But I knew nothing about business. And I had no money. All I had was a Macintosh Classic, 14 years experience as a journalist and a dream.
Today, all I have is a Power Mac, 16 years of experience AND a magazine. And I owe it to these wonderful individuals:
Karim Ardalan, Multimedia Internet Services (MIS), web design
Anoosh Hosseini, Global Publishing Group (GPG), Internet server
Kandice McDonald, articles editor
Hossein Mashhadi, Multimedia Internet Services (MIS), web design
And these are the individuals whose generous support has kept the magazine alive:
Jamshid Ghahramani Ghajar
My endless gratitude for making the dream come true.