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.

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.

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.

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 […].

[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.

Why It’s Time for Les Moonves to Go — You Can’t Charm Your Way out of Sexual Misconduct

Both Sides of the Table

It documents his career in the Obama administration working under Richard Hoolbrook on diplomacy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and under Secretary Clinton in the State Department.

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.

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.

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.

My Last Post About This Election – Don’t Waste Your Vote

Feld Thoughts

“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.” Please vote. Just so you know my bias before reading further, I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. This post is not aimed at you if you have already decided to vote for Clinton or for Trump.

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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.

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[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.

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).

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.

The 50 Top Startups at SXSW 2019

Austin Startup

The Forrest Four-Cast: February 11, 2019 The 11th annual SXSW Pitch Presented by Cyndx brings together more than 50 of the world’s top startups who will present their emerging technologies before a panel of expert judges and a live audience on March 9–10.

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.

Exploring The Everyday: Better Meat For a Better Future

View from Seed

I served in Pakistan and Australia. Exploring The Everyday is an interview series exploring interesting individuals or companies who are trying to make an impact on the lives of everyday people. You can learn more about this series here , or read our past interviews here.



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.

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.

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.

[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.

6 Things That Marketers Don’t Tell You About Digital Marketing


In Pakistan, freelancing is a billion dollar market. Some marketers only tell you things that they want you to know. Here are the rest that they don’t want to tell you.

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.

12 Questions with Self-Taught Designer and crowdspring Creative jhharoon

crowdSPRING Blog

Jahanzeb is a self-taught designer (and self-proclaimed handyman) from Pakistan. I grew up and live in Rawalpindi, which is the twin city of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

5 Things To Consider Before Moving To The UAE


First, you should know that there is no phased entry for students in the UAE and school officially starts in September for the wide majority of international curriculum schools and April for certain Asian countries like Pakistan, India or Japan.

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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.

[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.

25 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur


We are generating employment for countries such as the United States, Philippines, Canada, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ghana and Nepal. Being in love is great. Being in love with your business, when you’re an entrepreneur, is even better.

Asif Zulfiqar


Led organizational transformation of one of the leading hospitality groups in Pakistan.

Generate and Transformify: Umbrella Solutions to Help Businesses Hire Top Talent Worldwide


London, 18.08.2018. Transformify Recruitment CRM and Generate FS have joined forces to help employers hire top talent worldwide.

The 10 Greatest Social Entrepreneurs Of All Time


One of the pioneers of the now thriving microfinance world was Akhtar Hameed Khan, the dedication to which and his activism in developing rural communities in Pakistan earned him a nomination for the Nobel Prize.

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Rebuild Lives: Remote Work for Social Good


It has been designed by a girl living in a safe shelter in Pakistan.

The long road to bringing an idea to life: MySizeFinder Case Study

Life Beyond Code

So Sunil (founder and president ) of Mokriya helped us find a free agent called Shahaan in Pakistan. There is a joy in bringing ideas to life if you do that with love. This is a case study of MySizeFinder – from the idea to going live.

HOW TO: Sign Up Users Even Before You Launch Your Startup

Asghar says: Military action in Abbottabad (Pakistan) was nothing but a drama entailing conspiracy just like the conspiracy of 9/11 to wage a crusade war against the Muslim world in the guise of self-designed War on Terror. ); //]]> Welcome to Mashable!

What Asia and Facebook’s Free Internet Project Have in Common?


” According to the CIA World Factbook , almost 75% of the world's 775 million illiterate adults are concentrated in ten countries (in descending order: India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo). Nepal.

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The Undeniable Truth About Biology Dictionary That Nobody Is Telling You

Early Growth Financial Services

Pakistan study quality is not so well due to a lot of difficulties. The Number One Question You Must Ask for Biology Dictionary. This is due to no spatial limitations. A Law is just one of the fundamental underlying principles of the way the Universe is organized, e.g. The Darwinian idea of pure selectionselection. Humans create a massive effect on the planet, and a few constructions can be found from space. Human beings are extremely resilient.

Freelancing is the new normal: oDesk and the future of the workforce marketplace

The Next Web

Among other fastest-growing client countries one can also find Latvia, Pakistan, Romania, Lithuania, and Malaysia. In conversations about freelancing and online marketplaces for remote contract workers of the tech industry, the name of oDesk floats up pretty often.

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200.000.000 mobile users, for starters – Q&A with Viber CEO Talmon Marco

The Next Web

We recently announced partnerships with Axis in Indonesia and Mobilink in Pakistan. Free mobile messaging and VoIP service provider Viber today made a slew of announcements , including reaching the milestone of 200 million users, the roll-out of Viber 3.0

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100 Most Inspiring People On Twitter


FarrukhSiddiqui : HR professional Farrukh Siddiqui shares updates about his native Pakistan as well as some truly inspirational quotes. How do you get your inspiration? Books, blogs, websites, and movies are a great place to start, but have you ever considered trying out Twitter?

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.