Imran H. Khan

President Obama’s state of the union focused on investments into education and innovation as the key engines for maintaining USA’s leadership position in the long term. The same is equally applicable for developing countries like Pakistan. OPEN has been facilitating entrepreneurs in America for over ten years. OPEN joined hands with MIT to conduct Business Acceleration Plans as a way to doing the same in Pakistan.  It was felt that rather than focusing on start ups it would be socially more effective to take companies whose sales were $1M-$5M to the next level. This is the reason for naming it as an acceleration plan. BAP has impacted 120 companies over the last four years that it has been conducted.  The four finalists of the BAP were in Boston today and interacted with OPEN’s New England Chapter members.

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by Imran H. Khan

It seems that it is an open season these days by self proclaimed pundits to make predictions about the coming year.  So I thought why not join the fray.  On September 28th of 2010 I had written to a friend the following words  “I think if you have some money just buy some broad based stock and sell it in Jan and you are guaranteed to make a killing. It is a combination of strong holiday retail sales and election year.”  As predicted the Dow did precisely as I had predicted. See the chart below..

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