Initially, Virtual Vision implemented cloud-services of larger rivals to sell its IT services to Saudi businesses. But in 2015, Mohammed decided to build his own.
A $2.5 million venture capital investment from Wa’ed Ventures, the venture capital arm of Wa’ed, helped Mohammed acquire his stake in what has become an essential part of Saudi’s broadband IT infrastructure, over which a growing percentage of business is conducted.
“The idea to build our own cloud-platform actually came from Wa’ed and Saudi Aramco IT,” Mohammed said. “They saw that we were implementing other cloud solutions at the time, and saw that the business was growing, and suggested we should get into it.”
The decision proved fateful for Virtual Vision, which was transformed from a provider of IT services to businesses in the Eastern Province into a national force in the corporate broadband services business.
After leaving the Aramco apprentice program, Mohammed began working for Al Falak, an Al Khobar software and IT services company where he oversaw the company’s contracts with Aramco and learned the ropes of the IT business from Al Falak’s founder and CEO, Ahmed Ashadawi.
In 2008, he left Al Falak to strike out on his own, initially working alone doing small IT jobs for clients in the Eastern Province in Al Khobar, and then supplying IT services to government educational institutions throughout the Kingdom.
A big break came when Mohammed’s company was certified as a Microsoft reseller, and with the global software maker’s resources and networks, quickly became one of Microsoft’s preferred partners in the Kingdom with a list of major clients including Aramco, SABIC, Amiantit and many others.