Startup Sunday launched!

December 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm 4 comments

Shahjahan Chaudhary, Sabeen Mahmud, Jawwad Ahmed Farid and I had been discussing initiating the “Startup Sunday” activity for several weeks but schedules and travel kept getting in the way. Finally, we decided enough was enough. It was important to fix a date and launch this event with whoever was available.

So the event was set for 5th December at T2F. It was a Sunday so we weren’t really sure how many people would turn up. The idea was a simple one. There was a need for tech startups and people with ideas for starting tech companies or creating tech solutions, to be able to meet on a regular basis, network, share ideas, successes and failures and learn from each other.

And so it was. The day dawned and at 4 pm people started to roll in. In all 40+ people showed up. Quite a substantial number! There was a bit of huddling and networking before proceedings began. Everyone introduced themselves, talked about what they were doing or wanted to do, why they were there.

There was a workshop type session whereby people were broken up into groups of 3, each group comprising of 3 individuals who hadn’t previously met. They were given some time to come up with an idea for a new startup and then each group presented their idea. Some interesting ideas came up – nothing earth-shattering of course given the short amount of time allocated. However, it got people thinking, sharing, getting to know each other, strategizing. Great activity. I am so sorry I wasn’t able to make it but I will certainly be there next time.

Startup Sunday will be held every month in Karachi. Have spoken to friends in Lahore and Islamabad to work with us on organizing a similar activity in those cities. Naturally the format will change each time and new things will be added to so that the meeting continues to provide value to participants. Join the Facebook page that has been set up for this activity.

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  • 1. Syed Talha Izhar  |  December 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    It was a needed event indeed. I was there and it was good to see people sharing ideas. But the exercise we did had very short time to even think of an idea, also the agenda wasn’t there to guide the discussion. the exercise just ended abruptly with nothing to learn and there was no hint when the next session will be. I just got to know through your blog that it will be once a month session.

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  • 2. Nouman  |  December 24, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    When you guys are arranging this one in Lahore?

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  • 4. Startup Sunday has a successful launch in Karachi  |  December 28, 2010 at 2:08 am

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