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Another Lesson!! July 15, 2009

Posted by Talha Izhar in Local Industry, Politics, Startup, Technology.
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This one is a bad experience that I had while working with someone, who I met through a tech personality in the local community, and before I realized my mistake it had been over a year since I was working for this company/individual.

To keep it short, I would just like to tell people who are running a startup or working with some medium/big size company as freelancers to NEVER quote low for any project on the promise(written or verbal) that there are bigger and better projects for you to do. Secondly, always make a written agreement with the payment terms and deliverables mentioned clearly. There are many other lessons which I would be sharing soon.

Its been a real lesson for me. The biggest let down from someone whom I started looking upto as a mentor and as a senior.

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Second Lesson!! April 23, 2009

Posted by Talha Izhar in Startup.
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Whenever you receive a CV always do three things:

1) Search google.com for that person’s name.
2) Search Facebook.com or orkut.com.
3) Look for the candidate at linkedin.com.

Why?? These searches will give you an idea of who you will be dealing with at the time of the interview. Half the things about that person will be known to you before he comes for the interview. You can also verify if the candidate is lying about any of his leisure activities, associations and many other things.

Just gives you an idea if you should hire someone or not.

First Lesson!! April 17, 2009

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Be sure to introduce new process or policy either at the beginning of the month or beginning of the project. Recently, I was told about it after I introduced a new contract with too many clauses and conditions though nothing was out of the box or had any serious condition.

Something Different!! April 16, 2009

Posted by Talha Izhar in Startup.
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Its been a long time since I had written a post or I should say I experimented on writing. I have always been a lazy writer and someone who likes to speak than writing things down. Recently, I have had a few discussions regarding blogging and how we should encourage people to start their blogs and after these thought-provoking discussions I promised to myself that I will stat blogging very soon :-). I have had a few ideas of what I should focus on my blog. So I decided to try out the first one, about my experiences so far since I started a small tech shop by the name of Innovations last year.

So far its been an interesting yet challenging experience. The reason I chose to start it was that I wanted to do more than just writing code all day long and playing CS at the end of the day and today I am pretty much close to what I wanted to do.

I have always had my own point of view about managing the employees and how the HR processes should be. But suddenly when I hired my first employee everything changed, I started to feel my perspective has changed and its really not that easy as I had supposed it to be.

I tried out a few things while managing freelancers, full time employees and part-timers which I will share soon.

I hope to keep updating my blog every now and then and with every new thing that I will learn.

P.S. One more thing, apart from my experiences I will also be writing about the issues that we face as Pakistanis and will be looking at the possible solutions be it political, social or economical. 🙂

On my Own!! September 4, 2008

Posted by Talha Izhar in Startup.
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Its been over a month now, never really discussed with anyone about it. Only a handful knew what I was upto. And now it has started.

Its been over a month that I have left my job and jumped on the bandwagon of Tech Startups. A difficult decision to make and certainly not an easy one when the economy of the country is going down and a steady income stops coming into your hands.

I really hope to live upto the expectations of the people who have always been there for me and encouraged me.