SABA SAYS ::: GO EXPLORE
I may be jumping the gun here, but this months suggestion is Lisbon, Portugal. I’m flying out there this weekend; not just to explore the sights of second oldest capital city in Europe, or cruise-by the Portuguese Riviera – although edging closer to one of the most magnificent palaces in the world does sound exciting alone… I am of course going to attend what’s known as “the best technology conference on the planet”. Namely, Web Summit.
Founded by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey - the company is the same one responsible for Collision in Toronto and RISE in Hong Kong. If you’ve ever been to any of those, it sounds like a home run to me. See you there?
SABA SAYS ::: STARTUPS RULE THE WORLD
As the former Head of Customer Acquisition, it is very inspiring to see Sam and Charlie continue to grow Lorem into what could become a behemoth of a company. Having raised $3.5M to date, including investors such as Hubspot, Flybridge and Techstars - Lorem just acquired Storetasker: the biggest Shopify expert marketplace in the world.
Quick pitch: Lorem provides on-demand web design. Think Upwork, but instant help via chat with vetted freelancers from around the globe.
Who’s it for: Anyone who uses Squarespace, Wordpress, Weebly, Wix, or Shopify.
SABA SAYS ::: READ THIS
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg.
Every company should make reading this book mandatory. It opened my eyes to the gender inequality that exists. Without putting all of the responsibility on men to support more, it also details how women can take the lead themselves to take part, aim higher, and take more risks. Order Now
TALKING ::: TECHSTARS
In case you didn’t know, Techstars is more than just a mentorship-driven accelerator. We also offer community programs such as the Techstars Entrepreneurs Toolkit, and Techstars Startup Weekend. The toolkit is a great online resource with high-quality videos and worksheets that teaches the fundamentals of business, and, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour in-person ‘hackathon’ style experience for aspiring entrepreneurs to see what it’s like to work in a startup. Check ‘em out!
POPULAR ::: POSTS
Twitter: Pro-Tip for networking events:
LinkedIn (8,902 views): Building A Startup Is No Game of Monopoly
SabaKarim.com: Your idea is not your business
THE ROSE ::: ACTIVITY
Rose: I love Colorado. A week ago it was sunny and 25. Now, it’s 0 and snowing. Simply beautiful.
Thorn: Nothing right now.
Bud: In addition to the news about attending Web Summit, I have an exclusive insight for you. I am honored that I was also asked to MC for PITCH: the startup competition that brings together the world’s leading early-stage startups for a live on-stage battle. I’m not the biggest fan of emoji’s but there’s no better way to express myself than this right now: 😱😱😱