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About Me

Hi. My name is Zahid.

Born in Karachi. Bred in Dubai. I now call the SF Bay Area home.

By education and experience, I am an accountant. I lead sales tax compliance for a pre-IPO startup at my day job.

After hours, I talk to founders, investors, and operators on the misaal podcast and run Techshaw, a digital media outlet covering Pakistan’s startup economy.

I am a lifelong learner, always looking to explore new ideas. Writing allows me to challenge myself, accept what I don’t know, and think clearly.

I believe you lift yourself by lifting others. I don’t mean that figuratively. It’s what I have done since 2006 on this blog in some way, shape, or form.

You can contact me by submitting the contact form or sending me an email at zhlilani[at]gmail.com. The best way to get in touch with me is Twitter.

P.S. Goes without saying, but just for the record, my opinions on this blog, on social media, and on the internet are personal. They don’t represent the views and opinions of my current and former employer(s).