The Greatest Competition Is You Against You Against You

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My brother shared a video with me today. It was so great, I replayed it through my Sunday. It was so great that I had to write this blog post about it. Recently, I wrote out a detailed piece on how I like to compete. It’s true what I said in the post, I thrive on competition. However, the video …


5 years of ToutApp; 10 years of TawheedKader.com

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5 years ago, I signed the incorporation papers for ToutApp, Inc. Through the twists and turns on the road, and through the lessons learned, I’ve been consistently chronicling my journey on this blog through yearly reflections, principles developed, and lessons learned. Here’s an excerpt of my blog post from five years ago as I kicked off as part of Batch …


How to Compete


I never considered myself to be a competitive person. As I’ve built out ToutApp over the past 5 years, not only have I realized that I’m an incredibly competitive person, I actually thrive on the pressure it brings. It moves me, motivates me, pushes me to my peak performance. Almost to a point where when someone says to me “Wow, this …


8 Things I’d Teach My Future Children About Their 20s

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A year ago, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life; I chose to end my marriage of six years because I was unhappy. Unless someone has actually gone through divorce, or has been directly affected by divorce, you don’t really know how soul crushing and painful it is to go through — even if you are the …


Operational Ruthlessness, the key to fast growth startups


Since 2010, I’ve been religiously blogging about the ToutApp journey, but about 24 months ago I had to go on a blogging hiatus except for one small post about personal growth. Over the past two years, ToutApp has grown from 7 people in size to 60+ people, delivered strong quarter over quarter growth, raised $3.3m and then $15m of venture …


Grow or Die


For nearly 8 years, I’ve been following Steve Pavlina, a self-development blogger. I originally came across his blog back in 2006 when he announced that he was independently making $40k+/month on AdWords due to the traffic on his blog. Being new to Silicon Valley, and with Internet Advertising starting to monetarily impact the masses online, his article went around and …


It takes 3 years.


The end of 2013 marks roughly the three-year mark for my company. As I reflect on where we are today, from initial product, to an advisory round, to seed funding and then to raising our Series A in December 2013, one thing that I’ve always perceived from came true: it takes roughly 3 years for you to truly figure out if …


This is great. But I’m not coming back to your awesome web-app after signing up.

Almost every other day in Hacker News, I find the announcement about an awesome new web-app that potentially solves a critical problem in my day to day life. When it comes to the web, we’ve gotten very good about landing pages that clearly communicate values and absolutely frictionless signups that lets me get into the app with the click of …

20 Years

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of when my parents decided to immigrate to the United States of America. I was 9.89 at the time. My brother was 7. My Mom and Dad were in their early 40s and they embarked on a journey of not only reinventing their own lives, but their entire livelihood and the trajectory of how my …