From San Francisco to Nairobi, from Silicon Alley to Berlin, young people today are taking control of their future and defining their careers by starting their own companies. The benefits are clear. Not only are there greater reward opportunities at the end, the journey itself is reported to be fulfilling by most founders as they enjoy autonomy from the corporate constraints that would otherwise hold them back. However, the risks are unprecedented too since as a founder you are responsible for success in all aspects of the business, and failure is a frequent outcome.
Come join The Second Floor (T2F) for a series of talks and workshops as Danish Munir and Abdulrahman Rafiq share their experiences of starting their own companies and help you prepare for starting your own. The first workshop will comprise of 45 minutes of stories and 45 minutes of exercises and we will cover the following topics:
- Finding the right idea
- Building the right team
The speakers will be joined by Shahjahan Chaudhary (TeamAnts) and Sabeen Mahmud (T2F) for a Q & A session. Subsequent events will focus on the following areas:
- Building the product
- Raising capital
- Building a customer base
- Scaling your business
- Navigating an exit
- Danish Munir is currently working on a healthcare startup (1DocWay) that provides a telepsychiatry platform for hospitals. Having studied Finance and Computer Engineering from UPenn, Danish has always been fascinated by technology and how it changes our lives every day. Danish enjoys rock climbing and listening to live music in his free time.
- Abdulrahman Rafiq is a technology consultant, entrepreneur and social change agent from Karachi and Silicon Valley. He has over 9 years experience working on the Catalyst 6500 product at Cisco Systems. He currently runs Inspurate Systems, a Web and Mobile Solutions company providing development, design, and Social Media strategy services to small and medium enterprises. He is also the founder of SA Relief, a grassroots disaster management and coordination platform for South Asia. Additionally, he has served on the Executive Committee at OPEN Silicon Valley since 2005. Abdulrahman is passionate of about the evolution of the Internet, mobile technology, and building globally networked cross-border entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Date: Thursday, 24th January, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Rs. 100
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.