Chanux Bros interviewed Eisenhower Fellow and Serial Entrepreneur Dulith Herath recently about the path that IT graduates who want to go into self-entrepreneurship should take.

Here is their exchange:

Chanux Bros:

Now, after learning IT, the main ideas, concerns in our graduates’ minds are “Am I going to do a job?  How am I going to find a job?” And also, having graduated in IT, “Can I begin my own company without working for anyone else? Or form a business or sorts?”  Entrepreneurism has come to new heights in Sri Lanka.  We thought that the best business leader to talk about this would be you, Dulith!


Ha, Ha.  There were about 15 questions in there for me to answer!

Chanux Bros:

But of course!


Okay, if we were to look at the topic authentically, chiefly, I can tell you my observations of young graduates and how they have traveled this path (to entrepreneurship).

I have seen students who passed their GCE Ordinary level exams with distinctions and, without going on for their Advanced Levels, use those stellar results to gain a foothold in IT employment directly and excel.

Then there is another group who don’t have all distinctions in their O’ Levels but they excelled in their secondary Advanced Level studies and exams.  With these excellent A’Level results they will approach and interview in the IT industry.  I have seen both these paths as equally valid at candidate interviews.

If I see that the O’Level results are great, and that they have the passion, I don’t go to search for A’Level results.  This is not my personal opinion. I am speaking from the recruiter perspective.  Then there is another set where the O’Levels are not that strong but they have excellent A’Levels; they interview with the IT division and come to work with us.  Most often, we expect a person going on to IT to have come from one of these two paths.

There is more than enough demand.  In fact, right now, I am looking for six Java developers, I cannot find them.  I have even offered higher salaries according to the caliber and skill sets I am searching for in the individual but we cannot find them.  So, the demand is there!

Lastly, …even before the interview, now just a short while ago, I had a young graduate asking me “About how much can I make?”  What I say is for your first job, don’t even think about salary.  Even if it is for

Rs 15,000 (a month) join the company.  After joining, during the first 6 months showcase your work and talents to your employer.  Then, almost immediately, you are in demand at your company.  A company cannot retain you without appropriately compensating you.  Till now I have an IT employee who began at Rs 25,000 and within one and a half years, their salary grew to Rs 150,000.  That is just within one and a half years mind you because his skills were impossible to ignore.  He was not someone we could retain by just increasing his salary by Rs 5,000.  Actually, these kinds of opportunities exist mainly in the IT industry because there is rapid growth (within the industry).

From the IT entrepreneurs I know personally, they have a good foundation in their education, and have worked professionally for at least a year.  We know a few who have not worked professionally and have taken their degree and jumped to entrepreneurship.  In fact, there are a few who did not even finish their degree and began their self-entrepreneurship.  Then there are the silent entrepreneurs that we do not see.  We only see 2 to 3 merchant front-men for them.  If we leave that segment alone, I think if you work professionally for at least a year, do the industry experience and then, slowly, transition into self-entrepreneurship.  That is my personal advice.  That is what even I did.  I worked at Microsoft, … I worked at Dell, …Each day I worked till 5:00 pm and then rushed home and worked on my project, my self-enterprise.  That is the way I slowly, and surely, transferred to entrepreneurship.

Chanux Bros

In concluding, we would like some advice.  Mr. Dulith, why is it that without taking a job you chose to be an entrepreneur?  Then if you would mention a couple of other entrepreneurs nationally or internationally as other examples?



I didn’t become an entrepreneur without doing a job.  I worked for two and a half years.  From that I gained a lot of knowledge.  Like I said earlier, at 5:00 pm sharp, I went home and worked on my company.  That is how I slowly transitioned to entrepreneurship.

Internationally, any entrepreneur, it can be Steve Jobs, even Bills Gates, for the most part they were employed previously.  Only after working in the industry did they slowly transition to becoming entrepreneurs.

End of Interview.

Translation by: Kumari K. Karandawala

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Grasshoppers is the logistics industry disruptor that Sri Lanka needs.

Interview with Kapruka and Grasshopper founder—ecommerce pioneer, Dulith Herath


All over the world, the logistics industry is facing a new era of unprecedented change;  and like all change, this brings both risk and opportunity. Constantly evolving technology, new market entrants, new customer expectations, volatile realities and new cooperative business models; across the globe, these challenges were answered by a visionary brands like Amazon and Zipline; for Sri Lanka, the answers came from the logistics groundbreaker ‘Grasshoppers’ that is responsible for opening up some of the best possible futures in the industry. Joining in for an exclusive interview, Grasshopper’s founder Dulith Herath opened up the conversation saying that for logistics “digitisation and customer expectations evolve so fast, that the industry is in no position to be complacent to these massive shifts.” He added that new technologies and new market behaviours are enabling efficiency optimisations and new operating models that were previously impossible, and that Grasshoppers taps right into these opportunities. 


“Small and medium brick and mortar retailers x local logistics entrepreneurs, is our magic mix”

According to Herath, Grasshoppers currently delivers an approximated 5,000 parcels a day—a phenomenal 350% growth within a year. He speculates the number to be 25,000 a day by October 2021 considering the continuing increase in online retail within the island. He shared that the majority of these deliveries come through small and medium operations that use e-commerce as a secondary selling portal. “These are small and medium retailers; and I think they’re doing the right thing. We all know that brick-and-mortar retail, as we know it, will die in the next twenty to thirty years; and when that happens, these brands can transition gradually into the digital realm. We’re quite excited about being a part of that journey with them; and foresee the major role that Grasshoppers will have to play when this completely digitised retail industry takes root in Sri Lanka.


But, that’s not all. Grasshoppers has another big reason for their remarkable success. “We work with local logistics entrepreneurs through our area hubs, and on the road. These entrepreneurs work in collaboration with us, as independent professionals, and this relationship has worked really well. The sense of empowerment that  our logistics entrepreneurs have is what sets Grasshoppers delivery and service apart from the rest,” Herath adds.


Bringing traceability, transparency and reliability to cross border e-commerce for the consumers in Sri Lanka

Herath turns the conversation to one of the greatest woes of Sri Lankan consumers who purchase from online retailers overseas; “After an ecommerce product passes through the Sri Lankan border and comes under the local postal service, it is no longer traceable. This is something that holds back many consumers. But Grasshoppers can change this situation and give radical accessibility to any international retailer shipping to Sri Lanka, no matter where they are from in the world,” says Herath. “We can give traceability at a cost that is almost identical to that of the postal service here. Currently, there are over 15,000 packages that the SL postal service delivers daily, but this operation is not profitable to anyone as it is handled as regular post. Grasshoppers can bridge this gap and play a big role as a cross border logistics provider for markets in Sri Lanka.


Reliable, systemised and automated middle-mile logistics for businesses in Sri Lanka

One of Grasshoppers’ most interesting B2B propositions is its proposition to bridge the retailer or the first-mile logistics provider, with the delivery point. Herath says that large corporations, especially FMCG companies, with traditional operational models can benefit from this set-up because Grasshoppers is a reliable and systemised entity with islandwide reach that they can partner with. “And, it’s not just reliability or systematic traceability we offer; collaborating with Grasshoppers is also an opportunity for traditional companies to build automation into their operations. See, the world is changing, and workforces are changing rapidly. The young workforces demand companies to automate systems and work more transparently; this is a great way to bring that into your company logistics,” clarifies Herath.


Heralding in change with radical partnerships from around the world

For Grasshoppers, the disruption that they bring into Sri Lankan logistics is not limited to seeing the future through the perspective of their own brand expansion alone. The company is interested in being an active influencer in the direction of change that the Lankan logistics sector will undergo as it embraces global tides. “We’re not looking at changing the logistics sector alone; the global partnerships we are about to bring to Sri Lanka are the kinds that will really drive a big shift in the way we approach logistics here. For example, our latest collaboration is with Zipline—a real groundbreaker in terms of using drone technology to create speed and precision to deliver things that really matter—like blood to save a life. We will be working with Zipline in Sri Lanka within the next seventy days to start delivering emergency packages around the island using drones. The donation of a blood donor in Jaffna can reach the emergency unit of the hospital in Colombo within an hour. Isn’t that remarkable?,” Herath says. Here, Grasshoppers will be the local partnership for Zipline, delivering not only blood, but even extremely urgent packages around the country at unprecedented speeds, through drone technology.


This is the future. This is where logistics will evolve in the next ten years without a doubt; but, instead of waiting for these shifts to hit us in the face, we’re heralding in the transformation. This means that by the time it is the norm for a consumer to have a drone deliver their package quickly, transparently and at a minimal cost, Grasshoppers would already be there. It’s the logistics disruptor that Sri Lanka needs,” concluded Herath. 


Grasshoppers is an award winning logistics operation, and is part of the Kapruka business group that pioneered the e-commerce in Sri Lanka. For more information on Grasshoppers reach info@grasshoppers.lk 

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Most popular online delivery cities of Kapruka.com

Top Sri Lankan Cities for E-commerce


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Send gifts to Kandy in Sri Lanka

Kandy flower and gift delivery

What is the delivery fee to Kandy?

Delivery fees always depend on the distance and the product type. Generally Kapruka charges between Rs 300 and Rs 500 as delivery fees to Kandy. We hand deliver all products through our own well trained delivery agents. We need our customers to be happy. Therefore, we really care about the service we provide.

Top 06 best selling gifts for delivery in Kandy

Fresh Flowers – From Rs. 700 onward

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Everybody loves flowers simply because of their natural beauty. Flowers are suitable for any occasion. If it is hard for you to select the perfect gift for someone, just offer some flowers. They always match the moment. We already have  suggested a variety of beautiful arrangements so that you can easily make your choice. We try to make things easier because we know that time matters a lot for you. Additionally, We also provide the option to customize the flower bouquets as you want, because we respect your creativity. There are several Flower Shops in Kandy. It is really admirable to see places where they attempt to spread positive vibes. Yet, do they assure you the quality and the standards  which we really care about? We promise you to deliver the best products and we have proved the quality of our service for over a decade.

5 Star Hotel Cakes
– From Rs. 1800 onward

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Cakes have the ability to make any moment, a celebration. Kapruka cakes are always famous for their fine quality and the divine taste. We have introduced cakes to celebrate every moment of your life. We have also partnered with 5 Star Hotels like Mahaweli Reach Hotel in Kandy to offer you the best cakes in Sri Lanka. The promising taste and the perfect finishing can enlighten the emotions you need to deliver. You will never be able to substitute the lovable feelings you create by offering a good cake.

Clothing – From Rs 1200 onward

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Online cloth shopping is now very popular in Sri Lanka. You don’t have to waste your time in traffic or in queues now. We understand how you feel when you don’t find a suitable dress even after trying several cloth shops because in the end, you will be exhausted just for nothing. Though there are a lot of cloth shops in Kandy, people tend to do online shopping mainly because of the convenience and the updated fashion trends. We as Kapruka, assist you to experience this benefit by making your life so easy and comfortable. You need not worry about the cloth sizes as well because we have mentioned the measuring scale together with the clothes we offer.

Kids Toys – From Rs 700 onward

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Most of the Kids Toys we offer are hard to find in Kandy area. That’s the main reason for most of our lovely customers to send toys to their kids in Kandy. You just have to click the button and we will deliver the products to the doorstep of the little one you admire the most. Even if you are unable to personally visit and celebrate the best days of your kids, never let them feel that they are isolated. Show them your love and they will never forget it.

Hand Bags – From Rs 1200 onward

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As we have mentioned earlier, Kapruka is always updating with fashion and trends. Therefore, most of the time we suggest classy products before anybody else. The popularity of this category itself shows how much our beloved customers are happy about our service. Hand Bags are always handy when offered as a gift and it is really a good choice if you need to impress a woman.

Anniversary Gifts – From Rs 1400 onward

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This is the most popular product variety that is delivered to Kandy. It is so beautiful to see how people are connected with feelings. We have a wide range of Anniversary gifts that can make your Beloved come closer to you emotionally though you are physically apart. Love is all about the little things you do for each other. Life is too short. Therefore, celebrate every moment before it is too late.

Sending your Love to beautiful Kandy is just a click away!

Send Gifts to your Loved Ones in Kandy

Do you miss your Loved Ones? Are you struggling between time and relationships? It always hurt us when we feel responsible for not being able to be with our dearest people when they really need us. We all know that our busy schedules restrict our personal relationships. So, we end up having so many excuses for not being there, for the people we care. You know what? Words cannot always express feelings because actions are more valued than words. So, if the words are accompanied by a little bit of action, your value will be magnified. With your busy life schedules may be you hardly have time to respond to your own words. Perhaps, long distance may have deprived you from maintaining your relationships. We understand your unspoken pain. Now you need not worry! We have the perfect solution for you.  It is always nice to see the unity in people. That’s why we introduce you this amazing platform; Kapruka.com that makes your life so easy. Send a gift to your loved ones and witness how fascinating your life becomes when you realize that their happiness is all because of you.

Kandy; the heart of Sri Lanka is unique for its beauty and also for the traditional significance. Kandy area covers many other suburbs like Katugasthota, Peradeniya, Pallekele etc. If your loved ones are from Kandy, you are very lucky because they are always nice, gentle and simply amazing. Show your affection to remind them how much they mean to you. We have a vast variety of choices that can make anyone special.


Unique challenges in delivering gifts to Kandy?

We love challenges because they always give us space to stand out from the crowd by providing a memorable service. Our biggest challenge is to deliver items to far away cities. As most Kapruka gifts are fresh products, its important to have the proper delivery logistics in place to assure the freshness. Therefore, we give a separate training to our workforce to minimize the negative effects of those challenges.

It is beautiful to see how people balance their family lives together with the busy life schedules they have. Most of the people blame technology for deviating them from each other. Yet, we can also use technology to come closer. We have to move on with the present advancements because that’s the beauty in life. At the same time we need to be tricky enough to adapt to the situation. Everything is beautiful if our perspectives are positive. See how people make things work just by being smart! We as Kapruka always find ways to bring you closer and closer by making your relationships stronger. So make use of it!

Quick video intro on Kapruka’s general services to Kandy

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Kids Toys Photography at Kapruka

Sri Lanka Childrens Toys

We just bumped in to youngest model today at Kapruka product studios. It was not a work day for the kiddo as he was enjoying himself too much among toys giving us ample opportunity to get the right photograph. Cant stress enough the importance of getting your photography right for e commerce as it represents the look and feel all together. #kapruka #ecommerce

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Looking to Send Gifts to Jaffna?

Kapruka Gift Delivery Service is trusted since year 2003 in sending gifts to Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

Top selling gift categories to Jaffna are below:

  • Cakes from Rs 1800 – Rs 7000

    For every celebration, a cake is a must. When a loved one is not around during special days, it would be so beautiful to show that you miss him/her. A charming cake together with a customized note is just perfect to make someone happy. We have a wide variety of cakes for every occasion and you have a lot of amazing choices that suit your intentions.

  • Flowers from Rs 1500 – Rs 5500

    Flowers always create positive vibes because they are so refreshing and calming to see. Sending flowers suits any occasion like Birthdays, Valentine, Christmas, New Year, Mother’s/Farther’s days or even for funerals. Flowers would simply show how much someone mean to you and it would be an ideal gift to renew or even reinforce a relationship. We have offered you a beautiful range of flowers and they correspond with any kind of relationship you have with anyone special.

    Fruit baskets from Rs 1500 – Rs 6000

    Fruit Baskets are always special if you want to celebrate anything in style. This category is very popular during New year and Christmas seasons but this is never a bad choice for any other event. Fruits are always healthy and you need not worry about one’s well being when you decide gifting a Fruit Basket. We reassure to deliver quality products, so that you need not feel anxious about the condition when delivering to distant areas. The popularity of this category itself shows how satisfied our customers are about our service. In our website, we have proposed you some trendy fruit baskets which are chic and classy.

Did you know that E-commerce brings long distance relationships closer?

We all know that Internet has made the whole world a Global Village and e-commerce is one of its fantastic outcomes as it helps to re-build and strengthen relationships filled with deeply rooted feelings and emotions. During earlier decades, maintaining close relationships with friends, family or relatives from far away cities like Jaffna was just a dream. Now we have this beautiful platform- “Kapruka.com” which solves this “long distance” issue and more importantly it always adds more colors to the feelings and emotions embedded in every relationship.

According to statistical data, we have observed that people all around Sri Lanka send special gifts to their loved ones in Jaffna. You may think that delivering presents to far away places would hinder the quality of it. No!  we assure you to deliver the presents in a good state. That’s why we have become the Sri Lanka’s Largest online Shop. We would never be able to maintain this place if not for the quality and the service we offer.

Delivery charges to Jaffna:

Delivery charges always depend on the distance and the type of the product you order. It is approximately between Rs. 600 and Rs. 2000. For example, if you order a fresh product like a cake from a 5 star hotel, the delivery charge would be around Rs. 2000. The main reason behind it is that most of the products start their journey from Colombo and we have to appoint a dedicated person to handle your order with care because ultimately what is more important is to deliver the products in a good condition.

Gift delivery zone in Jaffna:

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All areas in Jaffna are covered by Kapruka Gift Delivery Service. We have daily shuttles from Colombo to Jaffna so as to deliver your items fresh and unharmed. We are regularly dedicated to give more value for your feelings and relationships because we appreciate the love, peace and harmony spread around.

Kapruka is all about spreading love. Perhaps you might think that sending a message or calling to wish can fill the “long distance gap”. Yet did you think how special a person would feel if he/she received a gift specifically sent for him/her?  This is deeply felt by the ones who are far away partly isolated by ones’ community. If you think honestly, you will understand that your words alone cannot fill the gap because these communication methods are so common nowadays. Even Social media tried to solve this issue by reminding special days like Birthdays. Yet, everybody now knows that nobody would remember those days unless Social Media reminds them. As a result, the value of this genuine act has faded away. We try to recover this fracture by moving one step forward.  Love is the best remedy used to strengthen relationships and we as Kapruka appreciate your effort.

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Kapruka Premier League 2019 Highlights

Every year Kapruka group of organizations gets together for this grand marathon of cricket.

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Evening with VEGA

Dulith Herath Kapruka

Dulith Herath


Heartfelt best wishes to Harsha Subasinghe and his VEGA super electric car project for showing all of us the importance of believing in dreams! A 100% Sri Lankan made electric super car. As a fellow entrepreneur the most admirable element in this for me is him investing money and time in to this project well over a 5 years period knowing there could be no clear return for many years to come. Future of Sri Lanka looks more brighter with fellow entrepreneurs like him. Looking forward to co-operate with him on his up coming electric wheeler project <> Grasshoppers. hashtag#srilankan hashtag#electricvehicles hashtag#supercars



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Grasshoppers – Cash on Delivery – Courier Service in SL goes global

Dulith Herath

Dulith Herath (Co Founder of Grasshoppers) representing Sri Lanka at Startup summit by SAARC.

Grasshoppers among world’s 40 best innovative digital solutions for World Summit Awards 2018

The Sri Lankan last-mile logistics groundbreaker—Grasshoppers—received an extraordinary global recognition with the WSA, as an outstanding example of digital innovation in e-commerce. Grasshoppers, which is a Kapruka and Avishkaar Frontier Fund merger, was co-founded by Dulith Herath (Sri Lankan tech innovator behind Kapruka.com) and Dr. Harsha Liyanage (creator of Sarvodaya Fusion promoting IT Education across Sri Lanka). Grasshoppers was first nominated for the WSAs by ICTA as a national choice, and went on to compete with nominations from over hundred countries before it got selected into the final round. Grasshoppers was then presented to the WSA Grand Jury in Accra, Ghana where the international jurors reviewed and discussed each shortlisted project to narrow down to the final forty WSA winners of 2018. Grasshoppers is now among the global finalists that include some of the most groundbreaking projects from around the world, outlining radical thinking converging digital innovation with social impact. This means that Grasshoppers will go on to present the unusual model of their business and how it utilises digital platforms in a completely new manner, at the WSA Global Congress with other finalists. This kind of recognition for a Lankan tech startup is quite rare, and signifies how the country is beginning to make stronger strides into the realm where clever use of technology is at the core of enterprise.

The World Summit Awards are a unique awards system linked to the UN World Summit Awards. It selects and promotes local digital innovation that renders a high impact onsocioeconomic development. The awards system brings together an ongoing  series of international events and activities with a global network of start-ups, social entrepreneurs, mentors, jurors, speakers, experts, government leaders, academia and civil society, carving out an international platform for extraordinary stories on how ICTs can have an impact on society. WSAs have been in place for fifteen years now, becoming a quality seal for digital content with societal impact in over hundred and eighty participating countries. WSA stands for the worldwide selection and promotion of digital innovation with a postitve impact on society & the encouragement of young entrepreneurship. The award system is highly diverse and democratic, and was initiated in 2003 in the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS). It contributes to the UN sustainable development goals agenda, by recognising local digital content with an impact on society, demonstrating the richness and diversity of innovative applications.World Summit Awards are conducted by ICNM, an Austrian not-for-profit organisation based in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

The awards system recognised Grasshoppers for several reasons such as cutting-edge digital innovation with a strong local relevance, content depth and user value from all UN member state. The venture was also recognised to contribute to the agenda of UN WSIS and UN sustainable development goals by showcasing creative use of digital innovation, fostering entrepreneurship and making platforms accessible at grassroot levels. The business model of Grasshoppers is one that allows local communities to be part of it, and reap the benefits of the company’s growth. The company has a proprietary technology stack that facilitates interactions within its logistics supply chain and provides features like traceability of goods through its network, to their clients. This has gained fantastic traction with different segments of customers including leading e-commerce players, corporates and MSMEs.

With the WSA recognition that Grasshoppers receives, the Lankan tech startup will be able to leverage WSA’s global network of emerging brands, mentors, entrepreneurs, jurors, governmental representatives, ICT experts and international organisations, connecting to new stakeholders, collaborators and possibly even clienteles. In addition to this, WSA network will connect Grasshoppers to over fifteen local, regional and global events, workshops and meetings every year, offering face to face platforms for a multi-level knowledge exchange to propel the venture further. Through WSAs, Grasshoppers will also receive global visibility through national experts network, media partners and strategic cooperation.


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