Category Archives: technology

Lifestyles and business

I didn’t go into entrepreneurship to have a better lifestyle, I went into entrepreneurship because I had an idea for a business that I felt passionate about and thought could be something significant. I went into business to create jobs (I hope, right now I’d love it if I could live off what we’re doing […]

Every site is a dating site

A funny thing happened on the way from Seedcamp, I had a really interesting conversation with Josh Russell, a fellow mentor. An interesting conversation that started when Josh said “all websites are dating websites” I found that hilarious. After I stopped laughing I thought about it a bit and declared that Josh was right! Here’s […]


This week was my first time at Seedcamp, I wasn’t able to go for the last couple of years due to Yahoo!, Switzerland and personal commitments and it has been a bit of a sour point for me. This year, thanks to a very kind intro, I was able to go as a product and […]

Go big or go home

Google’s launched instant search this week, and it’s pretty cool.  There’s some interesting chatter on the interwebs about how Yahoo! had something similar in 2005 but couldn’t get the traction and execution internally to make a success out of it. I’m not going to comment on whether or not extending this service would have saved […]

Rejection builds resilience

Jeez, I just realised it’s been almost two months since I blogged last.  Crap.   Sorry folks, what can I say, between lots of visitors, lot’s of thinking and work on the new start up, as well as doing some consulting work to pay the bills, not to mention the lil one’s first birthday, it’s been […]

Your Linkedin profile is more than a CV

A former colleague of mine messaged me on instant messenger to ask me how things were going, we started talking about Linkedin profiles and he said that he wanted to spend some time on his Linkedin profile after he figured out what he wanted to do – based on some advice he had gotten. I […]

Knowing why

I don’t blog to make money, at least not directly. I blog for several other reasons, to improve my writing, to give people who may want to hire me or work with me an insight into my thought-process, to own the international Farhan Lalji google juice, but not to make money. I’m not saying you […]

Taking back control of technology

There’s an interesting article on the HBR website today from Peter Bregman, the article is a bit sensational in it’s title, “Why I returned my iPad”. Bregman says that he missed being bored and spending time with his 8 year old daughter and so decided to return his iPad. As a result the comments have […]

Mainstreaming technology

I’m not a huge apple fan boy, but I’m on my way. I’ve got an iPod Touch, a Macbook and I’ll probably get an iPad at some point in the future. I’ve stayed away from the iPhone as I think the iPod browsing and apps meets my needs. Then I saw the Apple keynote (if […]

Dogfood is for dogs

At Yahoo! there was an idea from some people within the company that we should “eat our own dogfood”, i.e. that we should be using our own products and services, that internal Yahoo!’s shouldn’t be using Gmail or other Google/Microsoft products. I was reminded of this idea by an article on Steve Ballmer and Bill […]