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Between airports, airplanes and transit lounges

April, 2010

Startup Trek: Pitching lessons

If possible always have multiple sales pitches for a meeting. A pitch could be for a product, a service, a referral or even information about the industry that isn’t widely available. For the US trip it was Alchemy Risk Manager, Outsourced research, two investment banking deal and selling Pakistan as an investment destination (product ideas […]

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Startup Guide: Darden Reboot Chat – transcript of the EVC, DSAS event

Thank you very much for showing up for my chat. My name is Jawwad Ahmed Farid and I am a failure. Before I became a member of Failure anonymous, I always wanted to be a winner. I wanted my own world record; see myself where you see Mr. Usain Bolt; ideally with a medal or […]

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Startup Mentor: Darden Reboot DSAS, EVC event

It takes a lot to fill up an empty room. Specially with smart people, who are paying good money to get a great education at a top ranked business school and have already had a roster of highly ranked speakers appear before them. But the Darden EVC and DSAS societies managed to do just that […]

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Startup Guide: Pitching in NYC – Day Three

The Amtrak sleeper option to Charlottesville turned out to be a brilliant idea. I had a mile long list of action items and follow-ups that I had to do and if I had taken the LaGuardia or JFK route to CHO (the airport code for Charlottesville) it would have taken 40 minutes and as many […]

The Columbia Business School – Reunion – old memories

I feel like a kid in a toy store. There is so much to see and do so many memories to revisit. And at 7 am on a chilled Monday morning the Columbia campus has only a few early risers spread like frostings on a cake on college walk. It is too early for students […]

Startup Guide: CEO Club session at Columbia Business School

Thanks to Hasan, Carolyn, Ben and the CEO and SABA members for first arranging the session at Columbia Business at such short notice and then showing up in strenght at 8 am on a Monday morning. I was pleasantly surprised by the size and the enthusiasim of the audience. And as Hasan and Carolyn put […]

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Columbia College Walk-Cherry trees for Fawzia

It was only when I first saw the cherry trees and realized that Fawzia was not here with me at Columbia that I realized that before Reboot, before startups, and before our California adventure, the Cherry blooms I wrote about reminded me of something far more important than I ever realized. Our first year together […]

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Oil price outlook: Goldman, Volcanic Ash, and oil prices

Asia takes oil to below 82 on Goldman and travel disruption in Europe on account of the volcanic ash cloud. Expect more pressure as New York opens Monday morning and the entire commodity group heads south. As I said earlier today while Goldman will most likely only suffer a few minor bruises, oil and commodity […]

Startup Trek: Dubai T3 Transit: In Search of a Power plug at 2 am

So the first casualty of the trip was my super comfy grey fleece that I lost at Karachi airport. Apparently if I am not wearing something, or it’s not attached to me or my bag pack there is a very good chance that I will forget it somewhere on an airport and realize the loss […]

Startup Trek: The 7 days, 5 airport, 16,000 mile journey starts

Just about ready to head out home from work and start packing for the trip. The last two days have been a stretch. Marketing collateral, tickets and power plugs are all in the bag. The Europe Ash affair has really screwed up schedules and the first casualty is the emirates online check in. Here is […]

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