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I am back – Lots of updates, lots of explanations

The rumors are true. The grainy pictures making the rounds are also genuine. I am back. After a break of over six months, Arbab and Scheryar finally managed to fix the broken themes and my broken blog. Which was part of the problem. The other part was my travelling lifestyle that clocked more hours in […]

PTCL Plays Hardball with Maxcom customers

Imagine a world where you are extremely unhappy with your broadband service and you disconnect it. The service provider confirms that it has been done. You receive an email confirming that your request has been received. You hear nothing for the next few weeks. In August you find out that the service provider has been […]

The P@SHA Making History Project

Do you like to travel to exotic location with strange people? Do you like to write and take pictures and record videos? Can you move social media with a flick of your pen? Make founders and geeks clamor for your attention? If you fit the bill, take at look at the P@SHA Making History Project. […]

The case for toffeetv: Teaching kids how to learn Urdu through animation and fun

Here is the abbreviated pitch for and a short note to my friend Salman and his team. The market There are 7 million expat Pakistanis outside Pakistan. This number does not include the second or third generation or extended families and is limited to current NICOP and Passport holders. If you include Pakistani origin […]

Pitching for startup – Making winning business plan presentations

  I finally went ahead and did it. The Pitching for startups: Making winning business plan pitches is now live. I actually went step ahead and even did a Business Plan Pitching Case Studies supplementary course where we put everything we covered in the first course on 4 of my favorite pitches over the years. […]

English video transcribers – open positions

The job – Video transcribers, content editors and content writers Alchemy Technologies has a client who needs transcription services for a number of English videos. This is an ongoing assignment that will carry well into the next year. In its first phase about 12 hours of videos need to be transcribed in English.  If you […]

Stress Testing, ALM, Capital Adequacy online video courses

Three new posts at the Finance Training Course portal this week that broke the popularity graph. Continuing Profession Education (CPE) online learning solutions for actuaries Stress testing crash course for Board of Directors and Board Risk Committee members Cross selling treasury products Two new online video based courses – The Stress Testing, ALM and Capital […]

Crazy week – Friday morning blues

Crazy doesn’t even come close… Monday morning Jehan reminded me of my two commitments to judge the P@SHA Launch Pad event as well as stumble my way through 2 feet (yup that is how high they stack) of applications received for the P@SHA Social Innovation Fund. As I dressed and rushed to leave home on […]

US Credit rating downgrade: A guide for dummies

Here is a list of three posts on the US credit rating downgrade posted earlier on Finance Training Course. The first post is an initial announcement and gut check, while the second reviews analysis published over the last 48 hours in global media supplemented by our opinions and outlook. The third is the first salvo […]

Who generates more traffic? Facebook, Google Plus, Linkedin or Google Search. A Traffic generation comparison study

I had always wondered where traffic to my sites came from. A superficial look at Google Analytics had indicated that search was the primary source of traffic and within search Google was king. By March 2011 it was generating more that 75% of visitors to three topic specific domains I run. But after being hit […]

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