Your chance to win a copy of JAF’s soon-to-be bestseller “Reboot!”

August 27, 2009 at 9:34 am 30 comments

MacBookAir_with_RebootMy friend Jawwad Ahmed Farid – Entrepreneur, Technologist, Teacher, Mentor, Actuary and overall crazy guy – has written a book. Yes  a book! So now he is an author too. Isn’t that cool?

Originally called “The Blue Screen of Death” the publication was available as an e-book. In its reincarnated published form, the book is called “Reboot!”

Jawwad presented me with one of the first copies of the book which has been printed in Singapore and is going to be available for sale at some local outlets in the next couple of weeks (it is seen here sharing space with my MacBook Air).

I have already placed an order for 10 more copies of the book. Why do I need so many copies you might ask?

Well, I am going to present copies of Reboot to ten young entrepreneurs. You could be one of them. What do you have to do to qualify for a copy of this book? Send me an email at jehan(dot)ara(at)gmail(dot)com telling me why you decided to become an entrepreneur and why do you think someone should fund your idea.  The 10 best emails will be sent a copy of the book, and a few of the aspiring/startup entrepreneurs might qualify for an interview on ITLoW if their answers to my follow-up question (which is a secret for now) are interesting enough. Don’t forget to include your mailing address and your phone number. Deadline for entries: September 10, 2009.

Now let me tell you a little bit about why the book is an invaluable addition to your essential library.

Starting with a list of questions Jawwad weaves in Reboot a tale that takes readers in search of the deepest fear of a new entrepreneur – What if I fail?

A touching confession that alternates between the bittersweet reality of a dying venture and the promise of multi million dollar valuations, Reboot is a journey of self discovery that every entrepreneur can relate to. It is a book of questions and answers that will force us to re-examine our personal prejuidices against failure.jawwad the author

In terms of the author’s personal profile, Jawwad Ahmed Farid has been teaching entrepreneurship at SP Jain’s Dubai campus since May 2007. Prior to this he taught the subject at SZABIST in Karachi and ran entrepreneurship workshops for P@SHA in Karachi and Lahore as well as participated as a founding member of the Startup Insiders initiative with P@SHA. He has also been a local mentor in the MITEF Business Acceleration plan and is part of P@SHA’s mentoring network. Reboot is currently used as teaching material at LUMS, FAST ICS – Lahore and at SP Jain Dubai. There have been about 2000 downloads since it was launched as an e-book.

In the author’s own words, “I have run three businesses into the ground in Pakistan and the US as well as run small companies through two major recessions and my approach to teaching the subject is very localized. There are some cultural and social taboos attached with failure in the regional culture and I start with addressing that upfront. Then focus on bootstrapping techniques that get a business to a first customer and revenues within the first six months with as little funding as possible.”

Jawwad’s formal experience is as an entrepreneur or in roles supporting entrepreneurs in small businesses since late 1996. Formal education includes an MBA from Columbia University and a first degree in computer science from FAST ICS, Karachi. He is also a Fellow Society of Actuaries with specialization in Risk and Investments.

To find out more about the book, do visit the book website.

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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Zakintosh  |  August 27, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Hey … can we do this in Retro? I was young once … and an entrepreneur more than once. Doesn’t that count? C’mon. Surely I deserve an autographed copy … Or I’ll wail so loud you’ll think Iftar has been announced and break your fasts!

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  • 2. DesiBackToDesh  |  August 27, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Absolutely janab. You will get two copies. One from my agent, and the other directly from me.

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  • 3. Reader for Life  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Hi Jehan
    Can the e-book be downloaded for free ?

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  • 4. Vic  |  August 27, 2009 at 10:57 am

    @Zak: wait your turn – there are hordes of aged old entrepreneurs in line before you, though not all as young in heart.

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  • 5. Yaser  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:09 am

    The book is in print. thats great🙂

    wait a sec, I am young and an entrepreneur and well it was always in my blood (hehehe) and you know the answer for the second question😉 .. so where is my copy?

    *Runs towards the letterbox to find the book*

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  • 6. Jehan  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    @Jawwad why does Zak need two copies? You can give him one and I will save mine for another deserving candidate.

    @Reader for Life I do not think it can be downloaded any more

    @Vic including you?;)

    @Yaser don’t be lazy. If you want to qualify for a free copy you will have to do better than that!

    Entries have started rolling in.

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  • 7. Yaser  |  August 27, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Lazy :O I am already running around from my room to the mailbox outside …
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    ok ok i am sending you an email🙂

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  • 8. Yaser  |  August 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Done… sent you an email🙂

    *Again runs to the mailbox outside to check if it has been Reboot’ed *

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  • 10. Boat  |  August 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I need more reading material for my trips! I think I qualify!!

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  • 11. Jehan  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    @Boat you certainly need reading material but you are a successful entrepreneur who can afford to buy a copy – in fact you should buy several copies and give them away😉

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  • 12. Boat  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I think I just got Rebooted🙂

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  • 13. Jehan  |  August 27, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    @Boat Would I really do that to you my friend?😀

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  • 14. Tania Aslam  |  August 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I want to congratulate Jawad for this achievement
    I also want to thanks Jehan for sharing information about Jawad’s book and giving us the chance to get free copy of this book.

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  • 15. Athar O.  |  August 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    JAF has found the midas touch. He makes money writing about his own life! Rest of us mortals have to interview others to make money…Ffirst blue screen of death and then reboot. Come to think of it, these sound like two books on my own lifes story…

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  • 16. Awais Naseer  |  August 28, 2009 at 10:29 am

    o_O After reading the about page on Reboot’s website, I found myself in Jawwad’s story!😛

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  • 17. Jehan  |  August 28, 2009 at 10:38 am

    @Awais Yes yes so you said on Twitter as well. The question is where is your entry? You won’t win the book just by identifying with Jawwad. So hope to it young man!🙂

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  • 18. Awais Naseer  |  August 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

    @Jehan You know, writing needs peace of mind, so I didn’t write yesterday. But you can check your inbox now!😉

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  • 19. DesiBackToDesh  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    @AO. Money? I have been looking for money for the last 12 months. Still haven’t found any.

    @Boat. An expensive lunch with me and my agent at our favourite roof top sushi place will get you a copy. In these hard times I am willing to barter. But then barter is very inefficient, you may find it cheaper to buy six copies.

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  • 20. She beat me to it… | Desi Back to desh  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    […] fashioned mutual admiration society (MAS). And when it comes to blogging to send a little bit of MAS your way, no one does it better than my friend Jehan. Now if only some of my other missing in action friends […]

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  • 21. Fariha Akhtar  |  August 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Congrats Jawwad!🙂

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  • 22. sooban  |  August 28, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    you really have to put stats up. how many entries you got with figures(5,443), not words (like a lot) , it would be interesting to see some facts n figures for entrepreneurs incubating themselves in pakistan. you could also ask someone to pair different ventures together if they can help each other out. would be fruitful if we go ahead together.

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  • 23. Eliya  |  August 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I need it. how can i get one.

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  • 24. Boat  |  August 31, 2009 at 4:41 am

    @DBTD: I’ll go for the Sushi!!

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  • 25. Awais Naseer Keyani  |  September 2, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Where is my prize?😦

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  • 26. work at home  |  September 7, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Hey good stuff…keep up the good work!🙂

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  • 27. Bill Bartmann_  |  September 11, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Hey good stuff…keep up the good work!🙂

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  • 28. Anonymous  |  September 14, 2009 at 11:43 am

    And the winners are?

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  • 29. Ahmed  |  September 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    When are you announcing the winner’s list?

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  • 30. Bill Bartmann  |  September 22, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Cool site, love the info. I do a lot of research online on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,🙂

    A definite great read..

    -Bill-Bartmann

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