My first time at OPEN Forum Silicon Valley

Last weekend I attend OPEN Forum 2014, Silicon Valley’s annual business event for Pakistani entrepreneurs and technologists. It’s open to everyone but 98% of the attendees and guests are Pakistanis, rest are Indians (no kidding).

I had heard that it’s an event that provides little or no value due to organizational short comings and lack of real topics affecting entrepreneurs from the diaspora. Yet, I found it to be extremely informative, inspiring and encouraging.

Informative: Excellent lineup of speakers talking about topics that covered “Landing your next Job” to “Future of IoT.”

Inspiring: Stories from entrepreneurs who have failed, learned from failures and then succeeded on epic levels. It’s a tell all and there is nothing better than a great story.

Encouraging: A pitch session with V.C. judges and excellent product demos.

Will definitely visit next year.

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My name is Zahid and I have been blogging since 2006. During this time, I got married, graduated, started a career, had a son, and bought my first home – in that order. I was born in Karachi and raised in Dubai where I lived for 19 years before moving to California in 2002 to pursue my Undergrad. I graduated with a B.Sc. in Accounting from SF State. I now live in the city of San Jose, at the heart of Silicon Valley. I currently work as a corporate tax accountant at a tech startup in SF. Before that, I worked at one of the Big 4 tax and audit firms. In another life, I would have been a writer, a journalist, a photographer, and startup investor. That’s why, you will find me blogging about writing, journalism and news media, photography and travel, and new tech startups and products.

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