Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pakistan is working hard to grow a tech ecosystem, and this week signed agreements both with the City of Austin and Capital Factory to further those efforts. A Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Austin and the City of Lahore was signed by Mayor Adler and […] The post Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities appeared first on SiliconHills.

The rise of Pakistan’s startup ecosystem: Shifting traditions and inward inspiration

The Next Web

Any ‘boom’ you hear in relation to a country like Pakistan is more likely literal than figurative. Most news about Pakistan is negative – detailing bombings, targeted killings and political instability.

From Israel to Pakistan, Community is Key When Building a Startup (Google I/O)

VC Cafe

The panel included Erik Hersman (Kenya ,founder of iHub), Eden Shochat (Israel, founder of, VC at Genesis, founder of The Junction), Jon Bradford (UK/Ireland, founder of Springboard), Jeffery Paine (Singapore, Golden Gate Ventures) and Jehan Ara (Pakistan).

What living in different countries has taught me about life (and work)

Austin Startup

Technically, I have never lived in Pakistan (or carry a Pakistani passport) but it’s a second home to me and also a place where a majority of extended family still resides. The one thing I’ve learned about Pakistan is that family name carries a lot of weight because of our unique culture.

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Fostering Austin’s Global Connections During Austin Startup Week


Representatives from Australia, Colombia, Mexico, Pakistan, Ireland and the European Union made presentations at Capital Factory on Thursday. By LAURA LOREK Publisher of Silicon Hills News Austin made a major push to cultivate relationships with other countries during the first International sessions at Austin Startup Week. Capital Factory has had 20 international startups set up […].

Meet Vida

Google Ventures

For Umaimah Mendhro, design had been a key part of her life from the time she was a little girl growing up in a small village in Pakistan. Mendhro was able to find one in Pakistan, and has continued to add other partner manufacturers in India and South America.

How To Convert Your Innovation Into A Running Business


He was previously CEO of Gillette Pakistan and spent twenty years with Procter & Gamble. Khan was also twice elected president of the American Business Council and founded the Pakistan Innovation Foundation and the National Entrepreneur Working Group.

Is Wagile really that evil?

The Product Guy

He holds a bachelor degree in Telecom Engineering from FAST-NU Pakistan. Guest Post by: Furqan Hameed (Mentee, Session 5, The Product Mentor) [Paired with Mentor, Michael Robinson]. Challenge.

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And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

You don’t get to call for a religious test to enter our country, potentially denying access to more than 1 billion Muslim people in the world including very large populations in Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

12 Top Picks: Austin Startup Week on Oct 12

Austin Startup

The Pakistan Entrepreneur Scene 11:00 am at Capital Factory Yes, the start up scene is sizzling in Pakistan too! Austin has been host to 4 brilliant groups of entrepreneurs from all over Pakistan over the past two years under a grant from the U.S.

[Singapore][Competition] Applications For 14th Start-Up@Singapore Now Open


Its recent edition attracted more than 3,000 teams and 9,000 participants, both locally as well as from countries such as Australia, Canada, Norway, India, Brunei, Pakistan, Russia, Greece, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Knowing Your Audience in the YouTube Era

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

A few months ago, when Senator John Kerry was in Pakistan to push for the release of CIA agent Raymond Davis, he held a Q&A with local media in Lahore. The audience consists of all the people who will be reviewing video footage of the exchange, including English-fluent decision makers in Pakistan and policy makers in U.S. You can hear by the questions that the local journalists are not at all fluent in English.

Why International Startups Love NY, and NY VCs Love International Startups

David Teten

To date, out of 17 companies, HOF Capital has backed 7 founding teams with roots in underrepresented regions: Egypt, Latin America, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. New York is now the second-most-active tech ecosystem in the US on all key metrics, after the Bay Area.

The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

Both Sides of the Table

The show has become my best curator of which books to read (including my favorite of last year, The Accidental Superpower ) and my go to for understanding geopolitics of: Russia, Iran, Pakistan, China, India and of course the US. I was watching my favorite show on TV this morning – GPS (Global Public Square) with Fareed Zakaria.

Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

Both Sides of the Table

I hired a guy, Azhar Khan, who was raised in the Indian subcontinent (Pakistan, actually) but educated and worked his whole life in the US. He also gave me the option of Pakistan. I personally ruled out Pakistan due to the perception that our staff would feel less safe there.



Wall Street Journal: Bin Laden Was Killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan Official Says. Juxtaposition. Once I stripped out the spam and the person:person emails from my inbox this morning, here were the five subject lines I was left with: Wall Street Journal: Osama Bin Laden is Dead. eCommerce company]: Final Hours to Shop Our Private Sale! Travel site]: Last minute deals from NYC and more! Wall Street Journal: Osama Bin Laden Buried at Sea.

Founder Institute

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

I have had substantial experience in Singapore, Malaysia, Pakistan, Dubai & Saudi Arabia. This is especially the case in countries like Pakistan where we have a rapidly growing entrepreneur base in dire need of direction and structure on how to launch their businesses.

What Does it Mean to be American? Why Trump is Just a Blip on the Radar

Both Sides of the Table

Interestingly if you add up the Muslims from Pakistan (176 million) and the Muslins from India (167 million) you have a population the size of the entire United States. Starting back in 2015 and throughout much of 2016 people started commenting that my blog had become a lot more political.

The New Generation Likes Its Media On Smartphones


This post is provided by Telemart – One of the largest consumer electronic marketplaces in Pakistan, deals in all kinds of mobiles including Samsung , Iphone, Huawei. TV, tube or the box as some may call it, has worked like a magnet for adults.

Could Your Company Go Global?

Inc Startups

My favorite comes from a gent I met two years ago: Abid Butt of Pakistan. As Butt explained over lunch, 40 percent of Pakistan’s agricultural production (which accounts for roughly a quarter of GDP) is destroyed or lost in shipping.

[INTERVIEW] North Aware Founder And Creator Of The Smart Parka, Jamil Khan


Khan came up with the Smart Parka concept after enjoying five Canadian winters in the years since he moved to Toronto from his native Pakistan. Trust a techie to reinvent how we do winter.

[Singapore] Remote, Freelance, Online Work Taking Off Here


Clients in Singapore hired most freelancers from India, United States, Pakistan, United Kingdom and Philippines. Clients in Singapore hired most freelancers from India, United States, Pakistan, United Kingdom and Philippines.

The Immigrant Edge

Inc Startups

From countries as diverse as Great Britain, Pakistan, Haiti and Israel, among others, they've brought their skills and know-how to the U.S., From countries as diverse as Great Britain, Pakistan, Haiti and Israel, among others, they've brought their skills and know-how to the U.S.,

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October 9–13: Austin Startup Week!

Austin Startup

October 11), The Role of Transit in an Autonomous World (October 11), Fireside Chat with Bob Metcalfe (October 11), How to Pitch a VC (October 12), The Pakistan Entrepreneur Scene (October 12), Promoting Austin as Part of a Global Tech Ecosystem (October 12), and the ATX Startup Crawl (October 12).

Crowdsourcing The Indian Rupee Symbol

crowdSPRING Blog

India wanted to differentiate its currency from neighboring Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka – all of these countries used the abbreviation “Rs&#. A few years ago, the British Royal Mint crowdsourced the design of new coins. That competition attracted 4,000 entries from 500 people.

Crowdsourcing The Indian Rupee Symbol

crowdSPRING Blog

India wanted to differentiate its currency from neighboring Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka – all of these countries used the abbreviation “Rs&#. A few years ago, the British Royal Mint crowdsourced the design of new coins. That competition attracted 4,000 entries from 500 people.

Graciousness Here and Viciousness There: The Cordoba Mosque

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

in New York and a Predator war in Pakistan—graciousness here and. Leon Wieseltier has a moving piece in the New Republic on the Cordoba Mosque proposal. It's short. It's impeccably written. And it captures my attitudes exactly, albeit with more eloquence and rigor than I could ever muster. Read the whole thing. This part stood out to me: There are families of the victims who oppose Cordoba House and there are families of the victims who support it. Every side in this debate can.


Will Price

His journey includes a long stint as a slum doctor, time in the Bombay mafia, and a journey into Afghanistan via Pakistan to join the mujaheddin in fighting the Russians. Periodically, we stumble across a book or a film we have never heard of and open its pages to discover magic. Shantaram is such a book. The book, by Gregory David Roberts, is an amazing tale of adventure, betrayal, suffering, and personal growth.

Babson College To Establish Global Entrepreneurship Education Standards

Campus Entrepreneurship

A recent CityBizList Boston article highlights Babson’s expansion into Pakistan through a partnership with the Institute of Business Administration. via Citybizlist Boston – Babson College To Help Establish Center For Entrepreneurship Excellence At Pakistan’s Institute of Business Administration. The business of higher education in America has always been defined by entrepreneurs moving forward through various creative methods.

How do you keep your footing when your life explodes?

Escape From Cubicle Nation

One of my blog readers, Sohaib Athar, was a software developer from Pakistan, who had experimented with many different work configurations, before settling on doing independent software development in his home country. Me, Guy Kawasaki and Sohaib Athar , SXSW 2012.

How Tariq Farid Made Fruit Baskets a $400 Million Business

Inc Startups

Tariq Farid says his family would "still be struggling" if they were in Pakistan. Born in Sahiwal, Pakistan, Tariq Farid moved to the United States at the age of 12 with his parents and five siblings. I have no doubt my family and I would still be struggling if we stayed in Pakistan.

How blogging changed my life

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Or become friends with the software developer in Pakistan who would break the Osama Bin Laden story on Twitter. Once upon a time, I was sitting in my home office in Mesa, Arizona with a tiny baby boy in my arms, and a big idea in my head.

10 Amazing Microfinance Success Stories


Parveen Baji, Pakistan. The benefits of microfinance have been debated since the ’70s when the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh began making tiny loans to impoverished small business owners. In 2006, Muhammad Yunus, the bank’s founder and “the father of microfinance,” won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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What It Means to Lead a Global Life (For Me, Anyway)

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

She tells remarkable stories of entrepreneurs from far flung places that lend intrigue to her claim that “the next Steve Jobs and the next Apple, Google or Facebook is as likely to come from Nigeria, Pakistan or Mexico as Silicon Valley.”

How to Ask for Startup Advice – Part 2

Kevin Dewalt

A few nights ago I got a startup help call scheduled with an entrepreneur from Pakistan. I’ve never talked to an entrepreneur in Pakistan. I actually don’t even know anyone in Pakistan. In Part 1 I covered some basic guidelines for getting good startup advice.

The Man to Reckon With if You Want to Do Business in India

Inc Startups

Modi has won over business owners by making Gujarat—a Nebraska-sized state with Pakistan to the west and the Indian Ocean to the south—a haven of good governance and regulatory restraint, in a country that guarantees neither. The U.S.

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Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Pakistan buys advanced aeroplanes, India responds in kind. When India develops nuclear bombs, Pakistan follows suit. When Pakistan enlarges its navy, India counters. One of my favorite books of 2016: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From the Navy SEALs

Seeing Both Sides

Brendan is also the co-founder of the Navy SEALs Foundation , a non-profit that helps take care of the families of SEALs when things don't go as smoothly as they did in Pakistan a few weeks ago. There has been a surge in interest with the world of the Navy SEALs since the Osama bin Laden action ( this piece in the WSJ was a particularly good profile) and I confess to being caught up in it myself.

Stop Working More Than 40 Hours a Week

Inc Startups

Proponents of long work weeks often point to the even longer average work weeks in countries like Thailand, Korea, and Pakistan–with the implication that the longer work weeks are creating a competitive advantage. You may think you're getting more accomplished by working longer hours.

[Review] The Rise Of The New East


Faced with the rising costs of labour, materials and land in Chinese cities, companies are increasingly sourcing from other Asian countries like Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.