Chooki Dlimi, the founder of TabibFinder tells us about a directory of specialist doctors in Algeria.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Chooki Dlimi: Thank God all the family members are fine after we took the necessary safety measures to combat infection transmission.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded TabibFinder.
Chooki Dlimi: I am a Holder of a BA in Clinical Psychology from Annaba University, Algeria.
Although I majored in and studied psychology, my inclination was towards technology and solving everyday life problems with simple digital solutions.
In 2011, I launched the 01dvb platform, which deals with satellite devices and how to solve the problems facing users, focusing on solutions for the satellite Internet and space downloading and trying to provide Internet solutions for those who are far from being covered by the wired internet or the 3rd generation internet in Algeria.
After the development and expansion of communication networks and their development to the fourth generation and covering most of the geographical areas in Algeria, many things have changed.
So, in 2016, I redirected the project, and I launched Androydi, which is still in work until to date, and which also provides solutions and focuses on the technologies of mobile phone communication, 3G, 4G, and LTE.
In 2017, I participated in the Algeria 2.0 event and submitted the idea of creating a doctors directory platform in Algeria, where I observed the idea after I found several obstacles of getting a cardiologist my grandmother, which made me think of a practical solution that would benefit me and benefit others, so I thought of launching a solution that would solve this problem. That is how I founded TabibFinder, which currently has more than 700 specialist doctors and private clinics across 48 Algerian states.
How does TabibFinder innovate?
Chooki Dlimi: TabibFinder is a directory of specialist doctors in Algeria, focused on providing doctors’ addresses and phone numbers and working on making updates as soon as they change.
The idea and strength of TabibFinder, which distinguishes it from others, is that it seeks to be an open directory in which regular users or doctors can add their information with ease with the possibility of modifying it at a later time.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Chooki Dlimi: After the spread of Coronavirus infection and the decision to complete a lockdown earlier here in Algeria, transportation for specialist doctors became difficult.
Therefore, it was the opportunity for the TabibFinder platform to stand out and multiply its presence by providing specialist doctors information to those looking for it to contact them first and book appointments before moving to them.
The platform also mediated and suggested solutions to doctors by announcing changing dates and how they work.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Chooki Dlimi: The journey of the TabibFinder platform was full of lessons learned, whether in terms of selecting the right team or those related to the development of the platform.
In addition to changing the business model from what was originally planned.
What I would like to say and focus on as lessons that can benefit the reader of this article are the following:
– Stay away from passion and friendship when establishing your project and employ a practical work team that meets what your startup needs and not those close to you because sometimes they may be suitable for the project, so do not let emotion influence your decisions.
– Do not raise the ceiling of your expectations too much, and your project must be based and listen to the labor market and what it requires, and be flexible in dealing with obstacles and search for solutions to the problems that you provide, which will transform over time to advantages.
What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?
Chooki Dlimi: Currently, I work as a content maker and marketer through content, which helped me in marketing the platform in addition to my technical orientation, which enabled me to develop the platform and use the necessary expertise to do so.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Chooki Dlimi: Currently, there are many competitors in the same field and specialization, but we have advantages and characteristics that make us stronger and keep us in the arena, but there are some advantages in which we were leaders and initiators of others.
Your final thoughts?
Chooki Dlimi: Thank you for your hosting. Technology is the future of Africa, which can advance and develop the continent and lead it towards success and catch up with civilization.