The future is not female. The present is. The wrong question to ask is "how to get more women in tech" that would imply that some how "men" are the ones giving women power. The ask cant be to have more women take (corp/exec/founder roles)esp with the current mental disposition
The view has to change first. In history no ones given up power by choice. Not much different for companies. Power has to be taken, it can be taken when we all as society/ecosystems amplify the work, women executives & founders are doing across industries. Wont happen over night.
But we have stop over-indexing on male founders. The disposition has to change from thinking women have to seek permission or join some 1 else's band wagon vs launching their own. This narrative changes with us, you dont need to give any one permission, only encouragement
Every thing revolves around a fair shot. Our country, our systems, our culture all are sadly mis aligned(almost in line with universal perception) every one thinks men are risk takers and women are not. Its actually not true. inc.com/jessica-stillm…
Women take more risks per capita in our system/society & ecosystems just because of the simple fact that $ for $ men have more opportunities.Translated to launching a startup,the miles covered & the journey under taken by female founders is already more complex then male founders
Some of the best founding teams and startups I have personally interacted with in PK are Female, no ones asking you to Pity Fund female tech.Far from it, just leave your misconceptions at home when you work with them.They have more grit, more logical understanding & a super power
That superpower is the ability for female led companies/startups to build for all vs building for 51.5% of the people. When your mind works on inclusion, your startup is better for it. When you increase the size of the addressable market, your outcomes improve by 48.5%.
From angel investors to male counterparts, to industry gurus to mentors wasting their time by being on Manels & mansplaining useless concepts.The better alternative is to learn fast & act fast if you wait, money being money, smart(er) money will fund female founders in ur markets
All you will have left, will be your mutual admiration club by funding the boys. Women are not raising as much as men, so here is an opportunity to make sure that changes, they have fewer opportunities to fail. Failure is part of the story.. Let's celebrate women led failure too
The best contribution we can make to the ecosystem is to have a safe space to fail, without being judgemental & making sure we are part of the solution vs being part of the problem.When evaluating startups investors tend to judge female founders based on Prevention vs Potential
Meaning their personal bias makes them think and ask questions in their mind, if not publicly as to what will prevent a female founder from succeeding vs taking a bet on their potential to do well. It is all around us, we only solve it by calling it out or not doing it ourselves
It’s not because women don’t have entrepreneurship talent or interest, nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s often because a lot of their startups die in the early stages without being given a fair chance.Startups are hard as it is now imagine being a female founder in PK
The constant feeling of doing everything right but not reaching the expected end state. Without going into the emotional toll it takes to constantly be underestimated, underfunded and compromising. All I continue to have is more respect for female founders in Pakistan
To all the women founders, don't settle for modest success, focus on massive success, be unapologetic, be fierce in your determination be ambitious beyond reason & dont hitch your success to male founders & their bandwagons. Build you own & inspire more women to choose this path
Tag Female founders/startups/dreamers/visionaries so we have more opportunities to win together as VCs, Angels, Mentors, Friends & Pakistanis. @jehan_ara @FaizaYousuf @CIRCLE2020 @SadaffeAbid @sophiaahmed @su_kaina @AnushaFatima_ @KheloKricket @SehatKahani @shamimrajani

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10 Feb
Our univ & startup curriculum are broken. Most treat education like buying vegetables so long as u generally do ok no one will worry about the specifics. Visiting faculty is akin to educational malpractice(see this nugget floating around that got fwded) some one with 3yrs of exp
Teaching others their craft. The odds of that skill existing and then transferring is as low as u getting diabetes from watching some one else eat a cake. Worse is when these visiting clowns teach u entrepreneurship or courses on startups. Given u saw their own intake is corp exp
Here's what they don't teach u in school & after meeting 100s of founders if not more n working with them, I wish they did teach. If you are willing to invest 4 mins of ur time vs 4yrs to give this a quick read u may walk away better informed. No guarantees but it's worth a shot
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8 Feb
The Punjab government has been working to establishing an insurance company following the good performance of the insurance sector. Can't make this stuff up. What's next vaccine production? Or Education? They've already done tech in prev govt. thenews.com.pk/print/784826-p…
Instead of working on streamlining regulation and promoting enforcement to support the growth of the sector the govt decides to use our tax payer money to compete with private enterprises in a highly regulated space where it makes the laws. Yes u read that right. Epic stupidity.
By this count soon nothing will be left in the fee enterprise space. Between having provincial govts having banks & formerly the Punjab govt competing with startups by copying their ideas and launching its own startups & building software vs buying locally we have witnessed all.
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7 Feb
Time is the most valuable and finite resource we have. "Free for coffee so I can pick your brains?" I’m giving you permission to create a “pick your brain” session people can pay for. You heard that right.knowledge & experience were not free to obtain,so they aren't free to give.
Requests to “pick your brain” or “just grab coffee” might not always seem like a big deal, but when you take into account the value of your time and the lost productivity and income, it becomes a different story. Its a struggle to respond to these requests, esp if you are some 1
Who operates in the knowledge economy & if your business relies heavily on how you use your time to make money. As you take stock of your time,coffee dates with new people is the least bang for your buck. Esp when the purpose of the meeting is for them to intellectually mine u
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5 Feb
You don't need to be an entrepreneur to win.Entrepreneurship is hard.But you need an entrepreneurial mindset to re-set the the dependency on shiny things and instant gratification. Not every one can be an entrepreneur, but we can and must "want less" & "Invest More" & make more.
A job is a job is a job. But options are also limited, its mostly a mind set thing. We have to have a job, a job provides security, quality of life, access. All creations of the corporate industrial complex essentially to make others rich by paying u just enough...
This "just enough" problem has most folks in a ball & chain.Because we write off doing some thing on our own as not just being worth it & giving up a sure bet.This mental comfort in OPM(Other Peoples Money) is what gets us in the long run. Rich businesses are owned by rich ppl
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14 Jan
IBFT fees down to 0 has helped the average Pakistani see the value of "transacting digitally" without fear. When you remove the barrier to entry you enable many in the ecosystem that were left out prior. @StateBank_Pak good on you for putting citizenry first. Regulation is hard
Esp as viewed by the private sector. So we must all come together to build on the success/rails/supportive regulator to figure out"what fees for what value"should remain in the system.Most things cant work with 0 fee, so use cases for incumbents who have invested must evolve too
This cant be a winner take all game or a zero sum game. The truth is some where in between.Without early market players & investments, digital systems would have not existed. Without infra from telcos/banks we wouldn't be here either esp not without a progressive regulator in tow
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14 Jan
Transitions are good. Current state of play has given us a seat at the table. Online communities are the new equalizer &not geographies.
In-person inefficiency of doing biz is out due to remote.We have the momentum to gain from the insights & discussions across networks anywhere
As all things go virtual, the only thing that matters is brand. Now more than ever, investors, partners, customers & prospect emp, will meet & engage with your content/web presence before they meet you, if ever. Brand is every startups super power or kryptonite. Build wisely.
As we go more location neutral and virtual, rely more on online channels for sourcing, growth sales, hiring etc., your online presence will matter more than ever before. It is the new 10 second interaction to make a good impression.
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