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The Perils of Missing Milestones

Over the past 18 months, several Pakistani early stage startups have raised large funding rounds from institutional investors. This is great news for our ecosystem! It shows that more and more founders are beginning to build companies that seasoned investors see potential in. It also

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The accelerator problem-solution – what we’ve learnt.

In one of our previous blogs we talked about why loving/living the problem was an essential step in finding effective solutions. We also talked about how startup founders could generate eureka moments in a systematic manner by loving the problem they’re solving. This blog looks

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The strategy skills toolbox: 120 decisions

We talk about strategy skills with our founders quite often, along with the significance of building these skills. In this blog, we break down what we mean by “strategy” and how we believe that in its simplest form, strategy is all about decision making. Make

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The cycle of transformation and starting up

How do startups navigate a world that is in a state of flux? What do we build and who do we build it for? To understand innovation in a technology or startup context, we must look at the cycle of transformation. By transformation we mean

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Live the problem, eureka moments will happen.

A little over ten years ago, Eric Ries wrote about “loving the problem” and the structured approach to doing this. As we work with emerging market founders, we’ve realized that another way of saying “love the problem” is saying “live the problem.” In this blog,

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Are you inside the movie or outside?

Previously, we’ve written about how founders have to be great leaders and how we identify great founders through our talent pyramid approach. Primarily, we write about founders because a large part of what we do involves founder coaching as a key component of startup development.

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The Talent Pyramid

To the outsider, we’re in the market for great ideas but what we’re really in the market for is great talent. Talent is what drives the world of startups and precisely what this blogpost will cover. If you’re an emerging market founder or someone who invests

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Founders have to be great leaders

Startups, especially technology startups, are all about leadership. It’s why there are more good ideas than there are good founders – because good leaders are rare to find.  Why is leadership important now? Being a great founder is no longer just about knowing how to

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