Badar Khushnood finally ensnared by ITLoW
It took 50 episodes but we were finally able to pin him down. Badar Khushnood, the Pakistan Consultant for Google, has been in our sights for quite a while but he is so evasive that we were unable to get him into the Studio for an interview until just recently.
Badar’s story is an interesting one. He has a Bachelor’s in Economics from the Lahore School of Economics, and no-one could have said when he was growing up that he would end up being the country consultant for the largest Search company in the world.
Locally educated and bred, he lost his father at an early age and so money was not that easy to get his hands on. To feed his enthusiasm for computers and their associated gadetry, Badar started doing some freelance work helping people configure Net2Phone, developing websites, assisting with simple networking tasks, creating logos, etc etc. Anything that could earn for him the cash he needed to buy floppy disks (remember what those were?) RAM and the like.
His career so far has spanned all sorts of organisations – with multiple internships at ICI, Packages, a Pharma company and jobs at Nishat Textiles and SMEDA, the man certainly has an intersting story to tell.
This episode is only the first part of the story. The second part will run on Friday. Don’t forget to watch both.
Badar Khushnood is a known face around town – around all 3 major cities. He is seen at universities across the country, at Blogger Meetups and Tweetups, at conferences and workshops, in corporate training rooms – in fact anywhere and everywhere – talking about just the same thing – Google Apps, Google AdSense, blogging, freelancing, online career options and the power of communities.
He is modest and approachable and a one-man typhoon that has managed to create more brand image for Google in Pakistan in the past 3 years than anyone would have thought possible.
His next challenge – and this is one that we have put to him – should be to open up a full fledged Google operation in Pakistan. There is so much talent in Pakistan that Google can avail of, so much excitement for the Google brand, so many business opportunities.