I hope you are all doing well and getting used to the new normal.
For me, I just want to get a haircut.
Whenever I sit down to write the newsletter, I am conflicted. Some of you are in Pakistan and some of you are not in Pakistan. Just an FYI, I am not in Pakistan.
I struggle to relate because we might all be facing a different kind of normal.
Maybe you recently lost your job or a family member due to COVID19. If so, I risk sounding entitled and privileged. If you can work from home and are a lot more productive, I risk sounding gloom and doom.
Let’s do this. We are united by a common interest – Pakistani tech startups. And I hope you will give me a pass if I rub you the wrong way.
Okay, enough of maaf karo; rona dhona.
1) 2020 Q1 Funding Up 54% YoY
During 2020 Q1, Pakistani startups raised $1,265,000 in disclosed funding across 4 deals.
Compared to 2019 Q1, that’s an increase of 54% from $820,000.
I asked them the following questions:
1. Given the current pandemic, are you still open for business?
2. How long do you think before things get back to normal?
3. What have you learned from your current portfolio companies about how they plan to work with uncertainty?
Read their responses and learn more about the 2020 Q1 funding. It’s a friend link, no login required.
2) News and Views
🎙️ Karavan Launches a Podcast about Pakistan’s startup ecosystem (Karavan.vc)
3) Now Hiring
Careem, KeepTruckin, Netsol, Cubix, FINJA, etc. have already laid-off employees. This is a sad and unfortunate reality. But there are companies still hiring.
One more thing.
4) Arifa Siddiqui or Shehnaz Sheikh?
This tweet brought back too many memories. Yes, I am old.
I think the lady in red is Arifa Siddiqui even though she looks like Shehnaz Sheikh.
What do you think?
And Moin Akhtar. I still can’t believe he is gone.