Umar Saif rationalizes why becoming an entrepreneur makes darn good sense!
Dr. Umar Saif Associate Professor at LUMS, and well known for startups such as Bumpin, Chopaal, Seenreport and Findalong.com, happened to be in Karachi the day of the rains. I couldn’t miss the opportunity of dragging him onto the set of ITLoW and just chatting with him.
Since ITLoW has already interviewed him about his startups, he asked quizically what we would talk about. I was very vague because, to be honest, I didn’t know what I would ask him. But I needn’t have worried.:)
We just had to sit down and get started, and before we knew it, the interview had gone on for an hour. Umar and I talked about how we could motivate more young people into heading down the entrepreneurial route, why it was important that they experiment and try something of their own earlier rather than later. We also talked about the hard work that goes into becoming a successful entrepreneur, that not everyone has what it takes to be one.
But, as Umar says, if you do have that bug, and you do become an entrepreneur, you have the opportunity to make a much greater impact on society and you certainly have more of an opportunity to create wealth and make a difference. If you do the math, if you think about how much more interesting an entrepreneurial existence can be compared to most jobs out there, then maybe – just maybe – you might decide to take that first step toward starting your own business.
Umar and I also talked about the lack of trust deficit, the inability of most companies to form partnerships and create bigger markets for themselves, the synergies that exist that are not being capitalized upon.
Dr. Umar Saif is frustrated that more kids are not going into research. It is certainly needed but unfortunately it is not considered glamorous enough. There is just so much awareness that needs to be created, so much counseling that has to be done. However, we are taking strides – one step at a time, sometimes more.
This is part of of a two part series. Do go eavesdrop on my conversation with Umar Saif and let us know what you think. You could disagree with us if you like as long as you do it without hitting us on the head with a cricket bat! I thoroughly enjoyed conducting this interview and I do hope you enjoy watching it.
Watch out for Episode 2 on Friday July 31st on the CIO Webstudio.
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