Author Archives: Farhan

Born in Canada to Indian parents who had been born and raised in East Africa, I’m a bit of a mixed bag.

I thought I wanted to be a doctor, and then a web developer, and when all looked lost I went back to school and did an MBA at London Business School.

This blog is all about what happened after I hit 30 and did an MBA.

Why is no one talking about iPod touch sales?

As the iPad 2 comes to the UK (the line up in Covent Garden today was insane) and talk of the Blackberry Playbook is still going on – side note to RIM, a year of build up before launch is way too much – I thought it was interesting that RIM was focusing so much […]

A rant about some twitter usage

If you’re not on twitter and have no interest in being on twitter you can stop reading now. Today I received a twitter follow from someone who wasn’t using their real name, didn’t have a real picture, no about information and no link to more information and had their tweets protected. I felt a beat […]

Should I go work at a start up?

That was the question posed to me by a former colleague who has been working at a big company for donkey’s years – in the tech world, that’s about 5. And who has a lot of experience and some great educational credentials. And, like most important decisions in life, the answer was, it depends. I […]

The young and the unemployed

A lot of news in the UK this week has been focussed on youth unemployment – specifically 16-24 year olds, and how high it is. As someone who’s undergraduate degree has nothing to do with his career since leaving University, I can relate. I’ve had this conversation with the Bee, who worked through summers and […]

Being part of something bigger

I want Ad Avengers to be huge. So far it’s not even a blip. I’ve been working on it for a year, struggling to balance fund raising, product vision and sales. Truth be told it’s been a slog. Every step is difficult. So when the opportunity to be part of Seedcamp came up I felt […]

Getting rid of the phonebook

An interesting piece on BBC’s breakfast news about how the phonebook was getting thinner. I couldn’t believe they still make the phone book. In our house if the phone book comes in it’s almost always just put in the recycling and I’m sure I’m not the only one. The funny thing was that there was […]

Where’s the digital library?

I consume a fair bit of media, I’ll watch a decent amount of television, a bunch of movies, I listen to a lot of music and I read a lot of books. More and more my consumption is moving to be exclusively digital. Sure we’ll watch a fair bit of TV live over our cable, […]


I don’t mind when people mispronounce my name. In fact I expect it. A certain sportscaster in Canada with the exact same first and last name has been mispronouncing it for years, so really it’s a given that at some point or another people will mispronounce my name. I accept it like I accept the […]

The right time

One thing starting a business and having a daughter over the last couple of years has taught me is that a lot times we wait for the right time to do something when the right time doesn’t really exist. There’s a right time to do a lot of things, like send thank you cards, invitations, […]

Jay-Z and Tony Blair

When reading non-fiction I tend to have multiple books on the go, sometimes the books are related; most times they’re not. But the last two biographies I read surprised me with their similarities. I found it really interesting to read the stories of Jay-Z, an artist who’s provided a lot of the soundtrack to my […]