Some snapshots of TiEcon 2009

November 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm 6 comments

First there were the stories from the trenches:

Asil MoosajeeAdil Moosajee talked about the challenges and the excitement of setting up Ego. He was fun, he was honest and he shared the successes as well as the challenges. I doubt there was anyone in the room who didn’t like the guy who said that one of the reasons he was able to put in 24 hour days was because he had a cooperative wife who in their 8 years of marriage had only spent two years with him. Before you let your imagination carry you away, his wife Munira is overseas studying medicine.

The next story was that of Student Biryani – a brand most Karachiites know. Saleem Student BiryaniShahzad, the youngest son of the founder of Student Biryani Haji Muhammad Ali, related the story of how his father migrated to Karachi from UP India in the thirties, how we worked in restaurants from the age of 12 – cleaning, washing, waiting on tables before he took the entrepreneurial route. From what started as a modest little restaurant, emerged a chain of restaurants across the country with several franchises, and a plan to now take it outside the border of Pakistan into the Middle East, the US and the UK.

21.CanvasGallery_01Sameera Raja of Canvas Gallery was next. Her story was so inspiring. She had been widowed when still in her twenties, was a single mother, struggled with cancer and yet was able to start and grow a business due to her sheer determination and her ability to manage time and schedules. If you ask her today, she will tell you what exhibitions are scheduled for December 2010. The woman is truly amazing and it was a pleasure listening to how she got to where she is. Adversity hasn’t managed to demotivate her or keep her from  pursuing her dream and her passion. Hard work and an interest in art have been responsible for the success she has achieved.

Last, but certainly not least, was our own Jawwad Ahmed Farid, author of Reboot andauthor surrounded CEO of Alchemy Technologies. He looked slightly overdressed in his jeans and hawaiian shirt when compared with Adil’s gear.

Jawwad’s presentation was impressive and timed to the second. His story is interesting but his presentation style made it even more so. He had chosen some really great photographs and had obviously rehearsed many times to carry it off without a hitch. I was witness to one dry run the evening before when I dropped by his office on the way home.

contact infoThe youngsters couldn’t get enough of him. He was surrounded during the teabreak and I caught him ensconed with many a youngster at several times during the day. Isn’t it wonderful when seasoned entrepreneurs make themselves available to young people so that they can pick their brains. Way to go Jawwad. I hope you’ll always be this accessible. Do go and read Jawwad’s post on his TiEcon 2009 experience.

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TiEcon 2009 – this is how it began Interesting duo!

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  • 2. kashif nawaz  |  November 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    it seems a gr8 event …

  • 3. Syed Talha Izhar  |  November 5, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I think I missed a great event… 😦

  • 4. Arbab  |  November 6, 2009 at 5:43 am

    It was an awesome event, organized in a very professional manner and everything was timely arranged. I am really happy for student and fresh grads to have an opportunity to attend these kind of events at such a young age. I wish i could attend such events at my grad days.

  • 5. Jehan  |  November 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    @Talha don’t be so sad. We are planning other events and you will attend those I am sure.

    @Arbab it was good to meet you. Do keep in touch.

  • 6. Muhammad Arbab  |  November 10, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    It was a pleasure meeting you and Mr. Jawwad. Definitely i’ll be in touch with you. I have also sent you an email. You are doing a great job for the young people of the country keep it up and may Almighty Bless you.


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