Welcome to T2F 2.0, says Sabeen Mahmud
If you liked T2F 1.0, you will simply fall in love with T2F 2.0. I was in a plane between Hong Kong and Karachi when the first tour of the new T2F was conducted on December 21 but not to worry. I made up for it by making Sabeen Mahmud, the Director of T2F, and Zaheer Kidvai, an active T2F Board Member, give me a personal tour of the place. And I loved it!
It has a lot more space than T2F 1.0 did and yet it has not lost its original charm. The ground floor is the Exhibition and Events area – spacious yet welcoming.
I can definitely foresee holding a lot of TakeBacktheTech and Startup Insiders sessions in this new space. So much better than holding them in a hotel.
Coffee and snacks are available downstairs but say there is an event going on and you are not really interested in participating but would like to hold a private meeting, well just go upstairs (yes there is an upstairs too – and it is absolutely charming. My photos really don’t do justice to the place. You have to see it to believe it.
For those who loved the old mural, there is a small replica to bring back the memories of T2F 1.0. And it certainly fits in well with the new decor.
There is a space for five entrepreneurs who are just starting up – a table each, with a couple of drawers and a cabinet. Already heavily in demand, I expect the five spots will be taken up before you know it.
There is a balcony area for those who just have to smoke. At least that means the rest of us don’t have to worry about passive smoke which is something that worries me about being in restaurants and coffee shops where this ‘no-smoking indoors’ rule is not implemented.
Oh yes and don’t miss the Jim Morrison wall in the washroom – it will definitely make you smile.
Come on, haven’t I tempted you enough? You just have to go see the place … and revisit it as often as you can. There are bound to be events every week but even when there aren’t, it is a wonderful place to meet a friend or business contact over a cup of coffee.
Congratulations Sabeen on finally get it off the ground after more than 8 months and numerous challenges. It was worth the wait! Good luck to you and the team at T2F.
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