Stories from Pakistani Founders & Opportunities

Happy new year (its still January) I spent the last 6 weeks of 2021 in Pakistan to decompress and wind up for a big project in 2022 (more to come). Between a lot of chai, fries & biryani, I got a look at the startup ecosystem on the inside. I…

Weekend Project: Building a Job Board

A typical conversation with a friend who's thinking of a career move: Them: Who should I work for? Me: 🤷‍♂️ What do you care about? Them: 🤷‍♂️ Should I be caring about something? Me: Growth, technical founders, mission, ... But a new idea has emerged: Do you care if your place of work…

Startup funding for outsiders (2/2)

This is the second part of a two-part series post on startup funding. Read the first part here. Part 5. How investors get paid when things work & don't workVCs raise funds from Limited Partners, in a similar way as founders except for a future portfolio of startups that they…

Startup funding for outsiders (1/2)

This is the first part of a two-part series post on startup funding. Part 0. Introduction A decade ago, I had no clue about startup funding. I read a book about Y Combinator and how startups must grow weekly and everything else will work itself out.   As a first-time founder,…

McKinsey in Three Minutes

Many people look at McKinsey or similar type firm employees as absolute geniuses or complete idiots. Total awe or a mix of scorn, disgust & jealousy. Using labels like slide monkeys, suits, talking heads, look at your watch to tell you the time,...  I could go on and on. We…

Big Data and Schlep Blindness

When I was in university, I thought a typical day at a software engineering job would be full of solving complex integrals & developing our own version of algorithms. I was wrong. I got into my first software development role, and my days were a mix of: shelling scripts to…

Ramadan Coding

In the month of Ramadan, Muslims who observe fasts don't eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. As a kid, that meant breakfast was two hours earlier. I never liked sleeping when the sun was out, so I would spend the time on the home PC. A 16 MHz 286 Turbo, with an actual button to toggle the Turbo.…