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 …


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 …


We are moving to San Francisco

It started about two months ago. Mahrin and I sat down and reflected on our life and career goals. Then, I sat down and reflected on my goals for Tout. Finally, it ended in a simple Facebook update a few weeks ago, slowly letting our Friends and more importantly Family know: We are moving to San Francisco. Now, this isn’t …

Everything you can learn from Steve Jobs via Youtube

Steve Jobs’ death impacted me emotionally in a way that I didn’t expect at all. To cope, I’ve been watching a ton of his videos off of Youtube. Maybe its just to hear his voice, maybe its to extract all the “genius” I possibly can out of him while his energy is still strong in this world, or maybe because …



                Steve Jobs died today. I offer my most sincere condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers. There are no words that I can say to even begin to express what I feel or how I felt toward Steve. He is a man that I have never met and yet he impacted both …


My 2011 Content Strategy as an Entrepreneur and Startup Founder

2010 has been a great year for my blog. Not only did I meet a ton of great people by sharing my thoughts publicly, this blog has been the #1 traffic driver to my products this year. For 2011, I want to take things to the next level. It’s actually pretty complicated these days with Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, …