Not all twins are born together. Some twins find each other, either early or even late in life. Today's interview is Qamar, founder of the startup called Twinzy, which has created an app that lets you find your twin! How cool is that?
Since we truly believe being a twin enriches your life, we wanted to learn about the app and how it came about. Read on to learn more!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Qamar, born in Pakistan and living in Germany since 1992. I was in Germany before 1992,too, but my family and I got deported when I was 5 years old. It took us 2 years to get back to Germany. S
ince I was a child, I was very inquisitive. I loved reading, mostly scientific books, and for me, it was all about exploring the world. Other things I am crazy about are American cars, Salsa dancing (through which I also met my wife), and traveling.
At the moment, I am working as a IT Requirements Manager full-time, while, at the same time, studying Business Information Administration in Frankfurt. Last year, I launched my Startup Twinzy, an app which uses modern artificial intelligence to find your own twin, lookalike or doppelganger.
What fascinates you the most about twins?
The most interesting thing is, apart from the identical DNA (genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms), the bond between twins. The non-verbal communication, I believe, strengthens the bond between them. Some twins even create their own language that only they can understand, known as “cryptophasia”. I
wonder, would there also be some kind of special communication between users of Twinzy who find their doppelganger? The funnier part is, looking exactly alike, without even sharing any DNA. Sometimes, when I am outside, taking a nice walk and suddenly I see somebody, I think to myself: „Hey! He/She looks exactly like …!” Maybe you have even heard about this phenomenon – worldwide there are 7 people that are an exact copy of you. It’s quite fascinating, when you have a doppelganger or lookalike.
In the past, there must have been a genetical crossover, so maybe they have same ancestors? The chances that doppelganger share some percentage of the same DNA, are actually quite high... It would be very interesting to meet somebody who looks like me. How would I react, how would I see myself? What kind of life is my doppelganger living? I always imagine that it would be like meeting myself from a parallel universe.
What was the biggest fear you had of starting this app?
My biggest fear was that somebody could copy my idea, but at the end my excitement and the strong believe in the success of Twinzy pushed me to start the project. In the beginning, it was very difficult to create a prototype by myself, but with time all things are running better and better.
What has surprised you the most about the experiences on the app?
I have learned so much during this project and it’s continuing. I received very good feedback from my family, friends and users. Most of all, it surprised me that, whomever I was talking to - male, female, young , old - – they were all excited about this idea and could not wait to find their own twin. I didn’t think that this excitement from other people, would give me so much energy and confidence.
What is the number one myth about having twins you would like to debunk?
Well, I think, the biggest myth is that twins have, apart from being biologically identical, the same feelings, thoughts etc. I would say, 99% of all twins have completely different personalities and believes.. Apart from real twins, I want to bring Twinzy users together and demonstrate that everyone has now a chance to find his doppelganger. If you meet someone that looks like you, you have an instant bond because your share something.
Thank you, Qamar. We love that everyone can find their twin and look forward to watching your continued success!
Make sure to check out the Twinzy app here and download the app on App Store and Google Play.
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