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I went to P@SHA ICT Conference & Awards 2014

I went to the conference and awards held at Movenpick, Karachi, Pakistan.
P@SHA ICT Awards, 2014
My current boss also went to the event,
Abdul Rahman Rafiq, co-founder Inspurate
Met some old IT fellows. Some new people I met include,

Imran Moin Uddin, CEO NexDegree
Imran Moin Uddin gave me tips about entrepreneurship in Pakistan and replied why Stanford was so cool!
Fatima Rizwan (Founder TechJuice)
It was really nice to meet Fatima. She gave me some tips on starting an Indiegogo campaign. She told her startup story and it was really inspiring!

I am participating in P@SHA's Award Ceremony and the conference

Being an active member of Pakistan's IT industry, I thought it would be great to go and view the award ceremony. So I applied for both the awards ceremony and the conference. I think, it would be a great time. My current boss, Abdul Rahman Rafiq also plan to come.

This is a night like no other in the IT industry of Pakistan. I would like to be part of it and learn. I have also registered myself as a volunteer to help and learn from the event.

What is comfort zone and how to evacuate it

Have your felt fearful and stopped yourself from doing something that was not wrong but still something was stopping you? Ever thought what it is? It is your comfort zone.

Ok so now I know what comfort zone is!
Nice. Now I know what my comfort zone is.
Write down everything what you think is right but you fear doing so just because you are afraid of doing so. Next start doing those things in your daily life, one by one. One step at a time. It is this simple.
Life inside comfort zone

Small amount of money is meaningless

I read an article awhile back about a Stanford MBA class. The students were split up into teams. Each team was given some nominal amount of money, $5-10, and told to make as much money as possible in one week. At the end of the week each team would give a 10 minute presentation to the class about their approach.

Some teams went out and gambled, buying lottery tickets or playing slot machines. After all, $5 was such a small amount that many students couldn't fathom how you could effectively turn it into anything more. 

The students that did the best however realized that the $5 was meaningless. The point of the assignment was to identify what skills and resources you have available if you had to start from nothing.

One of the better teams sold restaurant reservations. They'd make reservations at the most popular restaurants in the area and would sell them to people waiting in line. They found that people were also willing to just give away their worse reservation after purchasing a better one, which they could later sell when it became more valuable.  

You shouldn't be asking yourself what is the best way to invest $35. It's such a small amount of money that it's almost meaningless. Instead ask yourself what skills and ideas do you have that people would be willing to pay for.

The team that won sold the 10 minute presentation slot to a small company. After all, what's more valuable than 10 minutes in front of Stanford's best and brightest MBA students.

Source: http://www.quora.com/How-can-I-spend-my-35-to-get-the-best-return-on-investment

What do I need to create an excellent home based office?

I wanted to create a home based office and wanted to do a research on what were the things needed to create an excellent office. After researching, I realized that the following things were needed,

  • Two Monitors
  • A laptop
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • A comfortable chair
  • Fast internet connection
  • Quiet working conditions
  • Proper lightning
  • Coffee
  • A large whiteboard
  • Headphones

Walk the talk with Zsuzsanna

I and the walk with talk people
I met Zsuzsanna at ITCN Asia and she invited me to walk the talk. It was an amazing time. I did yoga on the beach with them and loved it.

Whoa! I met Rehan Allahwala and got a job offer from him

I met Rehan Allahwala on Friday October 24, 2014. He is a well known businessman in Karachi. He loves to do new ventures. I told him about myself and he gave me a job offer. I was amazed at it. Me getting so much attention and offers. He also gave me his business card and his mobile number and told me to contact him.
I with Rehan Allahwala

Whoa! I met Monis Rehman, CEO of Naseeb Networks

Whoa! I met Monis Rehman.
I with Monis Rehman
Monis told me that my idea is excellent and I should go for it. Monis mentored me on implementing my new idea.

He is inspiring. For those who don't know who Monis is. Monis is the CEO of RozeePK. Pakistan's largest website to hire people for jobs online. He has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers including New York Times, CNN, InfoWorld, Red Herring, Infoweek, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Oakland Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spider.

UPDATE: More pics

I and Monis 
My yoga teacher Zsuzsanna sharing something with Monis

My analysis of US, UK, India and Pakistan as dot com markets.

Here is my research on thinking of US, UK, India and Pakistan as dot com markets.

Some points about the internet study,
I am using US, UK, India and Pakistan for a reason. I am excluding every other country because my four years of blogging experience tells me that people of these countries get attracted the most to Pakistani content.
My blogs all time page views.
I excluded Philippines, Ukraine, France, China, Poland.
* The people of China use their own sites and it is really difficult to get your website/webapp promoted in China.

Lets try to understand the markets of US, UK, India and Pakistan in terms of population of people. Here is a public data analysis that shows how many people are there in these countries.
Population Chart
According to the population chart,
  • India                     1.2521 Billion
  • United States        316.1288 Million
  • Pakistan                182.1426 Million
  • United Kingdom   64.0971 Million

This clears out that India has the highest population among these countries, followed by United States.

Internet Users
Here is the amount of people that use the internet,

  • United Kingdom   89.84%
  • United States        84.2%
  • India                     15.1%
  • Pakistan                10.9%

In terms of real values, these are the outcomes of the number of internet users in these countries,

  • United States             84.2%   out of  316.1288 Million    =       266180449.6 internet users
  • India                     15.1%   out of  1.2521 Billion              =       189067100.0 internet users
  • United Kingdom   89.84% out of  64.0971 Million          =          57584834.64 internet users
  • Pakistan                10.9%  out of  182.1426 Million          =         19853543.4 internet users

In terms of numbers, United States has the most amount of internet users, followed by India. The issue with doing a dot com startup in United States is that there are already a lot competitors there. Same thing applies to UK. We are still left with India and Pakistan.

The markets of India and Pakistan should grow in the coming years (15.1% of Indians use internet and only 10.9% of Pakistani people use internet). There are very few dot com companies in both of the countries. One of the reason is that a very few amount of people are using internet. The markets can be easily captured since competition is very less.