We launched www.OpenDoors.Pk back in 2009 for sharing class notes, slides, and quizzes with our students. With the passage of time, we gradually added more contents to the site. These included annual reports of the companies listed at the Pakistan Stock Exchange, monetary statistics, macroeconomic data, and much more. These contents attracted significant attention from all over Pakistan.
We received a large number of requests for additional data as well as for guidance on research methods. Responding to all such requests was simply not possible due to time and other constraints. Further, collecting additional data and updating existing data sets seemed impossible without getting paid help from others. Therefore, we decided to add a paid section to our website. The paid section of the website proved to be a life blood for the website.
Gradually, we added several paid services to the website. We also started work on collecting ownership structure data, ownership data, CEO compensation data, share prices and financial data, any many other datasets. Since data collection from the annual reports is not a single man’s job, we had to hire data entry experts. Today, we have several data entry operators, and data verifiers who enter and verify data from original sources such as companies annual reports and websites.