A visual journey of the LUMS SI extravaganza

February 16, 2009 at 5:28 am 10 comments

The Startup Insider Extravaganza at LUMS on Friday was really invigorating. Carlos Cashman was sensational as expected. The success of the event could be judged by the fact that people were still hanging about networking in groups long after the pizza and coke were gone. 🙂


In a wrap-up session with Carlos and Zafar later at the Sofizar office (where the pizza chappies continued to deliver pizza), I was pleased to hear Carlos remark that he was amazed at how engaged the audience was during the session. He said he speaks quite often at such events but it is rare to have an audience that is so heavily engaged in not only posing questions but providing some of the answers from a local perspective.


I am still working on some of the videos and will be putting them up hopefully tomorrow but in the meantime I thought I would put up some of the photos to whet your appetite.

Some of the questions that were posed to Carlos included:

Is everyone cut out to be an entrepreneur?

Social Media Marketing & ROI

How to make good use of online marketing.

Do you need to conduct market research before starting a business?

Do you have to have a unique idea before you start a company?

Will American investors invest in Pakistani startups?

How to convince people to invest in your idea/your venture?

What if a VC or private equity investor steals my idea after I have presented it to him.

khurram-telling-his-storyThere was a long and very emotional debate regarding the lack of Paypal services in Pakistan and how that is holding back a lot of online startup businesses.

Some local entrepreneurs provided some ideas as to how to get past this hurdle until Paypal is convinced to come to Pakistan.

It was good to see between 120 – 150 young people at the event. Some people arrived a little late, some left intermittently for prayers but they were seen to be coming back which is always a great sign.

fahd-addressing-a-concernsection-of-the-crowdMany people came up to me and said thank you.

I am the wrong person to thank though. What made it a successful event was the great interaction. So if you want to thank anyone, thank Carlos for spending so much time and patiently answering all questions posed to him, thank Zafar Khan for making it all possible, thank the local entrepreneurs – Imran Zia, Fahd Bangash, Babar Ahmed, Mannan Amin, Khurram Samad, etc for being there. Thank some young people like Talha and Awais who flew in from Karachi and Islamabad to attend the session and, last but not least, thank all the people who asked some great questions.

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  • 5. Farhan  |  February 17, 2009 at 12:47 am

    Cool roundup of the event.

    can’t believe I can be seen in 3 of the above photos hehehe

    BTW, ma’am did u get the chance to have a look at my startup? Remember I told u about it, that day at LUMS ??

  • 6. Yaser  |  February 17, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I am also still processing all the videos i made… I accidentally shot all the videos in very very high resolutions (:D) and now have to process them to smaller size so that i can upload them 🙂

  • 7. Syed Talha Izhar  |  February 17, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Hope to see the next SI in Karachi soon… 😀

  • 8. Jehan  |  February 17, 2009 at 7:43 am

    @Farhan yes of course I remember our conversation. I will look at it today. Was travelling until last night.

    @Yaser get on with it! I need the videos 🙂

    @Talha don’t be greedy – you were at the one in Lahore. 🙂 Will get one organized in the next couple of weeks hopefully.

  • 9. liferockzzzz2008  |  February 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    nice round up
    heard about if from one of my friends brother how was attended it.

  • 10. Farhan  |  February 18, 2009 at 12:10 am

    ok 🙂


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