On Being Stubborn & Flexible

Imagine a future where running a startup was as easy as playing your favourite strategy game  (SimCity, Command & Conquer, Civilization, Factorio...) If everyone had access to similar tools & resources, how would you bet on the winners? In my experience, grit it is. Startups are a mix of business…

Emotional + Analysis

When emotions are driving, the analysis become unreliablewhen its just analysis, there is no feeling Robots can calculate better, but cannot think laterally (yet)Being an independent thinker, that will always be valuable Running our minds in debug mode can show lots of opportunities.. and focusing on what-is vs what…

Ethereum, Blockchain et al

I’ve been learning about this for the past six months, and here are my learnings. Posted on Medium, click below. https://medium.com/@alinawab/learning-blockchain-series-part-i-what-worked-and-didnt-for-me-4817f314b388…

love and hate relationship with javascript

I learned to program in grade 8 (Basic, C, ..), and just got used to the idea that simple things (like detecting a click) were tough to do. When i started writing code again, I realized how easy it was to build something with Javascript vs. the other alternatives. So easy…

countersignalling

Each action can send the opposite signal from what we are trying to send. For example, people who are really honest, rich, intelligent,.. spend a lot less time proving it than people who are not.…

Mute Button

We all have toxic qualities including jealousy, anger, greed … and unfortunately some get consumed by their toxic qualities. In my experience the best thing to do is to press the mute button, and focus on the people who are important.…

Five Year Blocks

My career has unfolded in roughly five year blocks. A wise man said the three stages of a career are learning, building on learnings and applying lessons to drive value and I find that framework holds true for my career as well. Here are the major stages of my career…

where I've lived and worked

Living and working somewhere for more than a short holiday is amazing, is what makes AirBnb special. It provides a real glimpse into the lives of the people in that area, and has a zest to it that no resort can ever re-create. Toronto, Karachi, Dubai, Bahrain, Riyadh, Rahim Yar…