Badar Khushnood finally ensnared by ITLoW

August 24, 2009 at 11:51 am 14 comments

Badar on ITLoWIt 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.

badarBadar 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.

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  • 2. Mudassar Zafar Bhatti  |  August 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Badar Khushnood is a nice guy. When I see this man then my body is full of energy. All Pakistanis are proud of him.

  • 3. Shirazi  |  August 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I am sure Badar will deliver. I know that.

  • 4. Raza  |  August 25, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Very nice to hear of his success story. Eagerly waiting for the second part

  • 5. Tania Aslam  |  August 25, 2009 at 10:00 am

    He is very active and intelligent person.
    I wish him all the best for future endeavors

  • 6. Faisal.K  |  August 25, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Not only is Badar approachable he knows what he is talking about, a trait sadly missing in many of our would be it specialists.

  • 7. Badar Khushnood  |  August 26, 2009 at 1:52 am

    آپ سب کا بہت بہت شکریہ! خاص طور پر جہاں آرا اور رابعہ کا… ویسے تو مجھے جیسے گھسیٹا گیا تھا اس trap میں وہ بھی یاد رہے گا… اور بڑی معذرت کے ساتھ میں نے اپنی زندگی کی اتنی لمبی سٹوری سنا دی… مجھے یقین ہے بہت ساروں کو میں نے بہت سارا bore کیا ہو گا…

    ایک بار اور آپ سب کا بہت بہت شکریہ!

  • 8. Hammad Siddiqui  |  August 26, 2009 at 7:53 am

    He is a person to remember. Very natural and very professional.

  • 9. Mubashar  |  August 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    >> He is modest and approachable
    second that !!!

    Best of luck to Badar.

  • 10. iftikhar hussain  |  August 27, 2009 at 5:30 am

    um . i was sreaching for the second part before reading your blog.hehehe.. yeah yeah waiting for friday 🙂

  • 11. Arsalaan Haleem  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    He is definitely very approachable, extremely friendly and very humble. And, what to say of his knowledge on Google and its various applications.

  • 12. Mudassar Zafar Bhatti  |  August 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Badar I want to meet u plz tell me which time I meet u. Which time u free plz write me in my personal mail hope u tell me the for time Date & Day

    Really Badar Bhai U r a rule model of pakistani young Generation

  • 13. Sem Pakistan  |  February 1, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    um . i was sreaching for the second part before reading your blog.hehehe.. yeah yeah waiting for friday

  • 14. Shahzad  |  March 25, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Badar is excellent


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