Fawaad Saleem and Farzal Ali Dojki at the Startup Grind Launch at T2F in Karachi on 3rd May 2013. - Courtesy Photo
Originally founded in California, Startup Grind is an international community with a global presence in more than 40 cities and 20 countries.
Its mission is dedicated to celebrate the success stories of founders and innovators of business startups and encourage entrepreneurship.
The monthly interviews and startup mixers provide a great opportunity to entrepreneurs-in-making to network with ambitious people and benefit from the 'pearls of wisdom'.
The official launch in Pakistan took place on Friday, the 3rd of May at T2F (The Second Floor).
It was hosted by Mr. Fawaad Saleem, the Chapter Director for Startup Grind and chaired Mr. Farzal Ali Dojki as the guest of honour. Mr. Farzal is the CEO of Next Generation Innovations, a consulting company that specializes in customized IT solutions and often partners with startup businesses to support their launch and operations.
The event started off with tea and networking as professionals across different spectrums of the industry engaged in meaningful networking. Before the interview began, Mr. Farzal gathered the prime issues that plagued the audience's minds regarding startups.
The concerns focused on lack of funding opportunities, successful team-building, and making the choice between entrepreneurship and employment in the early stages of one's career.
He concluded his talk with three lessons.
Firstly, as a startup you need to work hard and with dedication.
Secondly, it is important to hire carefully and 'fall in love' with the people you are hiring.
Thirdly, in order to launch a startup, it is important to work in a startup first. The learning curve of working in a successful small team is extremely high. One gets the opportunity to engage directly with the customers, take decisions, and explore areas of growth.