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 …


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 …


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 …

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 …


Rule #1: Show Up

Say you want to start your own company. Or perhaps make a career change. Maybe you want to approach your boss about that that manager position thats open in your department. These days, there are countless resources available at your disposal to help you think through this process and take the leap. There are user groups and weekend events entirely …


Reflecting on 3-Years as a Startup Founder: Strength, Persistence and Fear

About 3 years ago (2010), I made a decision to quit my hedge fund job and start upon a journey to build my own company: Tout. This blog entry reflects on the past three years and gives you an update on where I stand today. 2010 By the end of 2010, I had already quit my job. Shipped 2 products. …


Jab, Punch, Jab — the Startup Mantra

Recently, I took up Boxing. Not the Taebo Cardio punch in the air boxing, also not the get into a ring and fight someone boxing; a middle ground crazy workout three times a week for an hour including a punching bag and spar in the ring boxing. One of the biggest things I like to do is to look for …