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How to Guarantee Your Company Will Fail

by Rafaeel Akbar Chaudhry April 21st, 2010

Pamela Lund recently wrote the following post on her blog. I couldn’t agree more to her. There are some of the mistakes that I did too during my earlier days so thought of sharing these with all our followers and those who are looking forward to establish their own startup. (more…)


If Baba Chiragh can do it, why can’t you?

by Rafaeel Akbar Chaudhry April 20th, 2010

I recently came across few videos and was extremely glad that how some people here in Pakistan are solving problems. In fact one of them, an elderly man, Muhammad Chiragh didn’t even go for formal schooling and I was amazed how he played around with the concept of “Rahet” (Picture Below) and turned it into a Tube Well. (Video Below).

Similarly, Mr. Syed Toseef Haider Zaidi has made Wind Turbines, Wind Mill etc. locally (video below) to solve power shortage issues. Details are available on this website. Another young guy, 20 years old Muhammad Waqar Qureshi in very limited resources has done some interesting projects which are worth evaluating.

We need to encourage such people. We don’t need anyone else. We can solve our problems on our own if innovators like these are promoted and acknowledged at national level.

Traditional Rahet in Pakistani Villages


Baba Chiragh’s Tube Well

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Invent – The Entrepreneurial Challenge

by Rafaeel Akbar Chaudhry April 9th, 2010

Two weeks back, few students told me about “Invent – The Entrepreneurial Challenge” being hosted by IBA Entrepreneurship Society (IBAES), Karachi. This business plan competition is unique in the sense that it includes steps that attempt to stimulate real life such as having teams that have members both from marketing, financial, management and technical background. I remember during my undergraduate study, Mr. Zia Imran (MD, PSEB and Ex-Chairman, P@SHA) used to discuss with me that we should change the concept of final year projects so that instead of ending final year projects after graduation, students can take their projects forward and convert it to companies. The idea seemed great because it would change the concept of traditional “Job Hunt” and everyone would enjoy their work. Also it would create opportunities for other nationals.

I have just received an email  (more…)


Entrepreneurs can change the world

by Rafaeel Akbar Chaudhry April 4th, 2010

Today i am sharing one of the most inspiring videos of being an entrepreneur. Saw it like 11 months back on and whenever i feel down, it helps me in standing up again with new hope. Definitely an energy booster.


The order of career

by Saad Omer April 3rd, 2010

A lot of young graduates seem to focus on the wrong things in the beginning of their careers. While they should attend to learning the arts and crafts of the industry, somehow their main focal point remains the salary being offered. This diverts them from entering a golden period of learning the practical tools in the start of their jobs, a training which will essentially translate into their future growth. Instead, they visualize getting a higher starting salary as an effective achievement; and to obtain it, they often make wrong choice of leaving good job offers, just because they pay less.

Perhaps I would not blame the fresh grads for this. Having the sense mentioned above, is a judgement which is required to be given to them by their institutes before spilling them into the job market. But they are too busy making big amount of money from the students. It is but natural, that a graduating student will assume that it is ‘his turn’ now, since he has already paid few lac rupees to the institutes over the past 3 or 4 years. To their disappointment, this is not the case.

For all corporate, a graduating student is a piece of lump which they have to shape up and customize. The knowledge about the industry he got from the school, comprises of only 10% of what is required to do his job. In short, they hire a plain guy which they have to train according to their needs, which required time, money and effort. Do you think in addition to the above hassles they have to face, they would consider giving big amount of money to the trainee? If your answer is yes, think again!

As a fresh graduate, you have to fully and only focus on your immediate target: TO LEARN. Forget about the earning for the first 2 to 3 years of your career. Your job is to learn whatever you can, without worrying about the salary and benefits. Once you are out of this period, you will discover a secret. The organizations will handpick you themselves. It all depends upon how good of a gem you have become by the virtue of your learning. But to get the best, you have to be the best. Remember, there are no shortcuts for experience!


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