A quick rehash of everything I have done since I started keeping records.
Venture number one, Avicena LLC, in NYC / Southern California was an online learning startup that crashed and burned within 2 years of its launch. Sadly we don’t have any pictures. But we do have Reboot – the book – that you can download for free or buy for your kindle.
Venture number two isn’t worthy of mention. So we will skip it altogether.
Venture number three in Karachi evolved to do risk technology for the financial services industry. This is not how Alchemy started but this is certainly what Alchemy became known for in the region. Thanks to digital point and shoots camera we have lots of pictures, two million lines of code and some great memories. We still do selective work on the risk consulting and FAS 157 valuation opinions front.
Venture number four started off as Learning Corporate Finance – a reboot of the online learning theme but with a difference. No bleeding edge technology this time. Just a simple down to earth WordPress blog focused on teaching Computational Finance to mere mortals. Three books came out of the work we did here (Models at Work, Option Greeks Primer and Portfolio Management using Excel Solver). 7 years old we do about 40,000 visitors a month from all over the world (180 territories, 7000 cities at last count).
Because I liked to see my kids run on TV, it took a simple flip of mode switch to start recording video rather than shooting stills. Two years later that became Dalmia Dreaming – my first attempt at doing a documentary short on the athletics scene in Pakistan. This was quickly followed by Moonbeams the second short focused on Team Pakistan’s historical win and performance at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards in Chinese Taipei in December 2016.
Side by side with work and travel I also teach. Both as an adjunct and as a corporate trainer for treasury teams. Teaching, training, and Reboot put together the founder’s startup crash course. A version of the crash course focused on pitching came out of the mentoring work we did for the PASHA and APICTA ICT Awards. Other variations include a week long and a semester long course focused on undergraduate engineering and graduate business school students.