A visual journey of the LUMS SI extravaganza
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.
There 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.
Many 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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