George Floyd, a 46-year-old man in Minneapolis, was killed on Monday May 25 by Derek Chauvin, a police officer, who pressed his knee into Mr Floyd’s neck until he died while other police officers watched. George Floyd’s murder is an example of unjust police brutality and racism which is nothing new for the black community. This recent event resulted in multiple protests and riots across the United States.

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Photo Credits: Rachel Cobb

I used to tell myself that I might know a thing or two about living in a place of unrest, injustice, violence and bureaucracy as I grew up in Karachi which was…


Thought piece on Anna Wiener’s memoir Uncanny Valley — a great read for anybody who lives, or wants to live in San Francisco. This book will make you think, learn, and relearn various aspects about the Silicon Valley, and the tech and startup ecosystem.

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I recently finished reading Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener and can I say how absolutely mesmerizing it was? Wiener moved from the East Coast to San Francisco, from the publishing world to the tech industry, from a traditional company to a ‘startup’. …


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Tips, tricks and a breakdown of my job search journey as an international student in the US. This post is meant to provide guidance on how you can position yourself and deploy some very basic strategies especially if you are new to the job search process or are confused about what type of role you want to pursue.

Finding a job in the US when you’re not a citizen is not an easy journey, to say the least. Most companies refuse to even accept your resume — really limiting the pool you can play in. …


In 2011, I was working as a Game Designer at a large, well reputed IT company, in Karachi, Pakistan. This was my first job out of college, and it had only been 11 months since I started working there.

We had a 3 story office with more than 500 employees. I had a lot friends, and the culture was amazing! We had great perks and benefits; game room, free lunches, medical, bonuses, picnics, trips, trainings, you name it. The work was alright, but I liked my job and I was happy!

One day, quite randomly, I got an email from…


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California Solano State Prison

One evening of September 2015, I sat in my apartment in San Francisco going through event listings on the internet and came across one titled “Business Coaching Night” which, being an entrepreneur, I found quite relevant. It was scheduled to start in two hours, and that too just three blocks away from my house.

According to the description, coaches would spend time mentoring entrepreneurs on their businesses and giving them career advice. Being relatively new in the Bay Area, and an entrepreneur myself, I thought to myself, why not! …


It was my second day at work at a renowned Global Advertising Agency. Still getting familiar with the many faces around me. We all were gathered around another colleague’s computer screen to see the artwork he had created. Everyone was chatting and cracking jokes. It was a nice, fun environment I thought to myself, when suddenly another colleague of ours comes running in the art department hissing and frantically making gestures for us to quiet down. “The boss is on a round! The boss is on a round!” he said. I saw everyone run to their desks and zip their…


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Right after I graduated from college, I got a job in a big firm with a fancy office, extremely well managed operations, amazing perks, above market salary, nice people and the best work-life balance one could ask for. Sounds perfect, right? However, soon I realized I didn’t feel fulfilled. The foosball table, free lunches and company picnics had lost their excitement. The work was good, but it just wasn’t challenging anymore. Things started to seem easy, and I got bored because my learning had stopped.

Luckily I got an interview call from a small startup I hadn’t even applied to…


Why do people do what they do, or that they don’t do?

I’m a curious explorer who loves to study and understand people, identify patterns, and create solutions using design thinking methodologies. In the last few years, I’ve been working very closely with entrepreneurs and startups. Startups, their team structures, culture, work ethics, issues and motivations are very familiar to me. However the word “startup” has recently become a buzzword. Even today all organizations don’t operate this way, and most definitely this startup culture didn’t always exist. Plus there’s always the cultural difference. What’s interesting to note is that organizational structures evolve with the advancement of technology and human consciousness. …


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“Y Combinator is not just an accelerator program, its a community. When people join YC they know they’re joining the community. We make special efforts in tying our alumni together and just keeping our community well knit. It’s a big part of what we do.” -Sam Altman

I cannot even try to put in words how I felt the day I met Sam Altman, the President of Y Combinator to attend his Fireside Chat. For years I had heard about what a legend the YC partners were; finally meeting one in person was more than a fan-girl dream come true…


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In January 2014 when I was coming back to Pakistan after four venturous and exciting months in Silicon Valley, I won’t deny I did have a bitter feeling that I will be welcomed with umpteen hours of load shedding, a dreadful internet connection, and mobile thieves and rishta aunties lurking around me waiting for their shot. Little did I know that amidst this mess I would find a haven I would soon call home.

An opportunity knocked on my door upon my arrival, and I came to visit the Nest i/o for the first time. The Nest i/o is a…

Rumaisa Mughal

Design Strategist | Anime Fanatic — People & Stories Make My Day!

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