A photo report of SI# 7

March 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm 9 comments

Role playing makes learning so much easier. And it is a lot more fun too. So on Saturday when CEOs from ITwho is the next victim companies decided to show young entrepreneurs and wannabes how to approach a customer and get his/her attention, it was indeed the place to be.

You will not be surprised to learn that even successful and accomplished entrepreneurs find their legs turning to jelly when faced with a customer as difficult and arrogrant as FQ decided to be that day.

Jawwad has written in great detail about the event so i shall try and just do a photo report.

Here’s someone just waiting to pounce on his next victim. Look at the expression – not to be missed that’s for sure!

Then there are those who look quite innocent but poor Rakesh didn’t know what hit him when Adnan (also known as Boat to his friends) started firing questions at him. But Rakesh won this round. Somehow he managed to get Adnan to agree to mentor him one-on-one and to give him a desk at PixSense where he could totter around and decide which of the 4 ideas in his head is worth pursuing. Hmmm … lucky kid!

See the photo Jawwad told me not to use – where FQ seems more drawn to his blackberry than to the interesting pitch emanating from JAF. But what is not in the picture, is what Jawwad said next, to suddenly draw Faisal away from his little gadget. All this is happening while Fawzia (wife and primary investor in Alchemy) watches indulgently.

FarihaIt was nice to finally meeting Fariha Akhtar. She has finally taken the plunge – resigned from her job and decided that she is going to be an entrepreneur. Good for you girl! If you want to bounce ideas off any of us, feel free to do so anytime. Fariha is a smart cookie you know. She had brought along a friend whom she’s been trying to convince to join her in her new enterprise hoping that she too would be bitten by the entrepreneurship bug. And, you know something, I think she was. 🙂

And then there is young Talha who has been at several of our SI’s. He is ready to jump ship. I just know he is. He was there with a ready-made team eager, bright, possessing that special spark. Absolutely wonderful to see.

The mentoring sessions were so intense. This was the kind of follow-up event that was needed. We are bound to see some great ideas being nurtured through these events. These young people are headed for greatness. It will be great to watch them get there and to play a teeny weeny part in getting them started.

Thanks go out once again to Adnan Agboatwalla for providing the venue and to Yusuf Jan, Owais Zaidi, Imran Zia, Jawwad Farid and Faisal Qureshi for sharing. That’s the way to go guys!

adnan and his victim
the nervous CEO

fawzia watches indulgently


what is he up to?

imran and fawziahere is what i want to doowais making a point


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Why oh Why? | Faisal Qureshi  |  March 26, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    […] I can’t understand why someone would use the following words about me: You will not be surprised to learn that even successful and accomplished entrepreneurs find their legs turning to jelly when faced with a customer as difficult and arrogrant as FQ decided to be that day. [Jehan’s blog] […]

  • 2. faisalqureshi  |  March 26, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    “difficult and arrogant “? Et Tu Jehan? 😦

  • 3. Jehan  |  March 26, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Hey all I said was that you were playing the role of a difficult and arrogant customer. So you are a good actor – what can i say? But you must admit you enjoyed tearing them to shreds. 🙂

  • 4. Jehan  |  March 26, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    oh oh what happened to this morning’s comments from Tania, Waqas and Jawwad?

  • 5. Mohammad Talha Ghouri  |  March 28, 2008 at 2:44 am

    i missed one, again!

    will be there at the next one, definitely!
    most probably with NUVICA’s team.

  • 6. Ali Raza Shaikh  |  March 28, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Madam, it was indeed one of the best SI session i attended in the last few weeks that makes us more motivated and hungry for success 🙂

    Fariha is a pretty talented person and she is a nice addition to Nuvica Team 🙂

    @Talha – most probably with NUVICA’s team? ahem ahem

  • 7. Fariha Akhtar  |  April 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the encouragement Jehan….these words and that too from a successful lady MashAllah, mean a lot to me as have been facing some criticism lately 🙂

    I do have a couple of ideas but they need some research…..so that requires some time but I’ll be bound to bug u all once I have something in a presentable form (Would probably hire Sarah to take care of presentation and stuff…..MBA ppl u know) 😛


    He he….oh really……things have yet to be finalized and since I have got so much encouragement from Jehan so I might change my decision 😛

  • 8. Ali Raza Shaikh  |  April 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    @Fariha – ahaan 😛

  • 9. Web Designing Karachi  |  September 9, 2010 at 9:29 am

    nice pictures accompanied by words that make me almost feel like I’m there.


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