And you know between all of us here, heading back home it felt as good as the day I had proposed to Fawzia, interviewed at Goldman, walked back from my first class at Columbia, and held Amin, Salwa and Taha for the very first time.

Yup, it feels as if we

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Startup Insiders – a joint effort of Green & White and PASHA – really took off in Karachi with SI4, which people claim was the liveliest and most inspiring one yet.

Jehan Ara (President, PASHA) compared the SI4 experience to a drug yesterday.

Jawwad Farid (CEO, Alchemy Technologies – the sponsor and host) went a step further. He said:

And you know between all of us here, heading back home it felt as good as the day I had proposed to Fawzia, interviewed at Goldman, walked back from my first class at Columbia, and held Amin, Salwa and Taha for the very first time.

Yup, it feels as if we are changing the world, one session at a time.

To see what is making these industry leaders crazy with love and addiction, see the video below:

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  • Indeed! it was the liveliest and most inspiring event of SI series with the audience not letting the speakers go! It was scheduled to be over by 8:30 but it continued till 10:30 😀

    Ah.. i am pretty bad at Camera Handling, had to learn some lessons from Tahir :)

  • Guys

    Would it be possible for you to post it on Youtube as well as google. The tube does not allow you to download the video, save it and share it offline.


  • Firefox plugins give the ability to download youtube videos too.

  • Hi Jawwad… this is already on Google isnt it?

  • You have to enable downloading when you upload. As of now the SI video is not enabled.

  • Jawwad, try using for downloading videos from YouTube and Google Video and multitude of other streaming sites. I just downloaded this video and the size is merely around 130 megs – but wish I had it in avi or wmv format instead of flv.

  • Hello Osama and everyone,

    I’m a bit late, but I’d like to say something regarding the Lahore SI. Great work done Osama and everybody else. But what Nash has pointed out in a post somewhere, were my sentiments exactly. Dumb questions don’t deserve time. And where all i see at greenwhite is a call for more and more people to join in at these events, i think on the contrary it should be much more exclusive. You guys are having great publicity no doubt, and it has its pleasures, but you are’nt really serving the startups by these events. I’ll give you an example:

    I have a startup, started building it almost two years ago, been struggling ever since. I ask for advice and help a lot from my friends like Nash and others, and I would’ve loved to talk to you or some other experienced guys about all the problems, dos and don’ts and future prospects of my product. In a very casual environment. But at the SI session in lahore, it was more like a classroom where there were them and us. Most people were too young or too student-like to be entrepreneurs at that session. The volume was too low, i could’nt hear half the things being said. I could’nt find a chair. And I left early before the coffee break cause I was’nt there for a lecture but rather a casual session, where 1 entrepreneur is helping or advising a junior one. This has to be one on one, casual and discreet. I might not want to discuss my product and problems in front of a 100 people.

    I hope you guys see my post and give your views on it. The way I see it, it should be in a way where an entrepreneur gives a briefing about what he does or wants to do, whether already having a startup or thinking about launching one, and then he is invited to these sessions. Where everybody knows everybody else. Like Nash pointed out that success stories are important, the problems and how the senior guys overcame them is much more inspirational, cause when young people are having so much problems, they want to hear that they are not alone.

    Ahmed Sadozai

  • Ahmed, thanks for the appreciation. the reason we don’t want to go exlcusive is a lot of startups don’t have the contacts to talk to these guys the moment we go exclusive i am sure most of the startups shy out. for example the 4th SI in karachi a person found out in the morning that there was a session he did not had time to register all we said was go in and join.
    about questions and format it was first event inshallah we are trying to have format in it if you followed the 4si it had a question pattern and it was good,
    The coffee session was there for the informal discussion you could have grabbed any veteran and discussed your issues with him, this happened in Islamabad that new startups grabbed successful ones had an informal chat over a cup of coffee. And these experienced people are very open to advice if you can grab their attention.
    How ever thanks for taking time out to point these things we are working on a better format and your suggestions are really helpful. and good luck with your startup

  • I guess im also late to put my thoughts down on this one. I was fortunate enough to be in Karachi on a business trip when this happened, and i jumped on the chance to attend.

    When i entered, i thought i had made a mistake.. it didn’t look as funfilled as the last one in isb. Boy was i wrong, once the QnA session took off, it was anything but!

    Faisal Qureshi and Jawwad Farid, with their off-the-cuff remarks and ways of finding humor in every statement was just the right catalyst to put people at ease.

    And the startup stories from giants like SI3 and Netsol really got the adrenaline flowing (atleast in me) and the ideas rolling. If they can do it, why not us.

    I can safely say, that by the end of the session, i had found two new people to idolize in our IT industry. Saleem Ghauri (netsol) and Amer Hashmi (Si3). Both of them showed the basic ingredients needed (i believe) to startup and run a successful business. Passion, values and above all.. patriotism!! When both these gentlemen were talking, the passion and patriotism in their voices was obvious!

    All in all, a very motivating event! Went on for FOUR hours but it was worth every minute!

  • 34:40 – moment to remember. I am compelled to say to Ms Jehan Ara, “you have excellent sense of humor”.

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