OPEN's Tenth Anniversary

by Imran H. Khan

As a teenager trying to decide what direction to take my life, I vacillated between the vision of the future painted by Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World“/Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged“/”Fountain Head“. Growing up in Pakistan, I could readily identify with Ayn Rand; and came to the conclusion that it is Prime Movers who create great societies and countries. Prime movers can exist in a number of specialties, adding value to the society in their respective domains. But within the spectrum of Prime Movers, engineer-entrepreneurs are the cream of the crop. This is in evidence in all the dominant countries of the world today. In late 90’s, a group of Pakistani American business leaders got together to create Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN) in Boston. Since then five new OPEN chapters have come into being in different US large cities. We celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of OPEN’s founding in October last year. I am continuously amazed at the level of commitment and charity by OPEN’s charter members who contribute their precious time and money to galvanize entrepreneurism within the Pakistani American community.

This is manifestly evident by visiting their web sites at

http://www.opensiliconvalley.org/

http://www.openwashingtondc.org/

http://open-newengland.com/

http://www.opennyc.org/

http://www.open-chicago.org/

http://www.open-houston.org/

It is relatively easy to start an organization, but very difficult to grow and sustain it at an ever increasing manner over the years. OPEN’s success in doing so is remarkable for such a small and young community; transitioning from the immigrant status and struggling against adverse stereo typing and press. I wrote an article capturing the Tenth Anniversary Event that provides some historical back drop to OPEN that is provided below.

Ten Years of Connecting People with Ideas

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