A small group of people from different parts of the world, led by a young Malaysian business major and a Filipino martial arts expert, were brought together by a twist of fate in the vibrant city of Manila in the Philippines in the late 90s.
In the mid-90s, Vijay Eswaran and Joseph ‘Japa’ Bismark, two young men from drastically different backgrounds came together in business and friendship. Having found reasonable success in network marketing with an American company that was doing extremely well in the Philippines, the two joined forces; their group, which was called the V Team, and consisted of bright, motivated, and talented men and women, soon became the largest revenue earner for the American company.
At one point, they realised that the American firm was being dishonest with them and, after all efforts to rectify the situation failed, the V Team and a few of their leaders sat around Vijay’s kitchen to discuss the next steps. About 1,500 people who had believed in the V Team leaders had joined the team. What were they going to tell them? The easy way out was to tell them what the American company owners did and wash their hands off any culpability.
However, they did not choose the easy way out. With the fate of thousands of their team members at stake, and a liability in excess of USD 250,000, the two young men along with their core team members, made a bold and crazy decision to start their own company, with the sole purpose of looking after the interests of the people that had trusted them and put their life savings into their hands. On that fateful day in September 1998 at the Philippine Stock Exchange Centre (formerly Tektite Towers) in Manila, Philippines, the company today known as QNET was born.