Schmoozing

When you get invited to a US Embassy event to meet some guy working with the government, your reaction is?

Mine was … *blech

But today I was in GEEK HEAVEN I tell you.

So there is this guy called Alec Ross who is associated with Clinton and ran Obama’s election-winning Twitter campaign. Used to run a NFP. Wants to meet bloggers and ppl active in social media. The Embassy sends some bio that I skim through but all I see is “blah blah blah blah blah”. But I go anyway. I am soon moving to Peshawar (another story for another day … or  maybe not) and thought what the heck. I’ll go see the guy. And then I have never been accused of saying NO to free lunch. So that was a good incentive as well.

So I arrive at the Ambassador’s house. Am greeted by the Ambassador … had no idea who he was until much later during the conversation. Am introduced to this young-ish guy. We shake hands and he says, “Hi, I am Alec”. Me, being me, said, “Hi Alex, I am Maria”. KILL ME!

Small gathering – made me feel very fancy shmancy and important. Then Mr. Alec decided to come and sit with me and start asking about what I do. I give my very rehearsed pitch about WDL. And the usual “oh wow, how great, wonderful, excellent, fabulous” followed. Americans do that a lot, no? I have picked up on it too. “Mr XYZ, what do you do?” “I do blah blah blah”. Me: “Oh how wonderful!”

I was saying …

Yeah, I mentioned how I found most clients through LinkedIn. And he takes out his BB and says you know what – Reid Hoffman is my friend and he will be very happy to hear about this so I am gonna email him right now”.

OH 

MY

GOD!

I find it hard to type any more. My heart stopped for a minute and all I could do was give him one of my goofy grins coz I didn’t trust myself to speak. I knew I was gonna start screaming. And he asked, “You know who Reid Hoffman is?”

Gun – trigger – face – BANG

I don’t know who Hilary Clinton is but I sure know Reid Hoffman.

LinkedIn 

PayPal

eBay 

*drool

Just thinking he has my name in his inbox in an email which he will prolly lay his eyes on in the next … say … 3 hours (he is on US PT) does funny things to my heart. SHIT!

Emailing Reid Hoffman <3

I can’t talk any more. But just so you know – I wasn’t a complete idiot. I remembered to ask about PayPal. Dudettes, back me up on that one.

The land where unicorns graze in rainbow colored fields exists …

and that’s where I am gonna be for a while.

byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Pitch It Right, Ladies (and *reluctantly* Gentlemen)

Dear Yous, me has started a new blog … Pitch It Right. No No, wait … don’t worry … I am not giving up on PakiMom here. We got a good thing going … I’d never dessert you. *tear. Since I started posting stuff from others, my readership has gone up … getting a lot more hits. And people expect pearls of wisdom every time I open my mouth. And you know how that’s so not gonna happen. There are days when I want to vent. When I am down in the dumps and the world looks like an open sewer and I hate it and I want to kill everyone in it. With me going fancy shmancy with Google videos and biz plan competitions … people are intrigued. “There is a strike in town .. let’s see what PakiMom thinks of it”. “Oh no, rise in petrol prices … wonder what PakiMom has to say on this”. DUH!

Now you my lovelies know me. You get me. You leave me the hell alone and just come here quietly, silently … read my vents or just give me pretty little upward rising stat-graphs … and quietly support me. *tear (again). We are like Eeyore and Pooh – forever together.

how to become an entrepreneur, how to develop your startup, what are startups

But then … there is no denying the fact I have this geeky side that loves everything about my “flashing lights” peeps. As Rhett Butler famously said about Scarlett O’Hara (and I quote for my love for startups), “It’s like opium in my veins”. I just can’t stop no matter how hard I try. So I have decided … I am going to separate the fancy stuff from the real stuff. Geeky-goo goes onto PIR and the fabulosity that’s moi stays here where its most appreciated and where its cosy and homely.

But that does not mean I don’t want you going over yonder and telling me what you think. I trust and cherish your opinion. Does it look good? Do you like the latest post there from Hind Hobeika? Do you want to write for PIR? Want me to feature someone? LMK.

OK byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Update: PIR is dead.