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The brand new APICTA documentary is here.

The Team Pakistan APICTA documentary. I promise this is my last APICTA post. No more. Everything else at work has been on hold since mid-November and this whole APICTA focus needs to shift to the other 99% of my life and work – so cross

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Team Pakistan shines at APICTA 2016 in Taipei.

TeamPakistan at APICTA 2016 As the sun sets slowly behind the clouds in Taipei, Usama Noman, the founder of Botsify, an APICTA 2016 alum smiles and says softly, ‘Sometimes it is important to win; sometimes it is better to fail and learn a great deal

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The best gift

The best gift ever. Tomorrow evening at about 10:30 pm 28 teams will board their respective flights to Taipei, Taiwan from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. A mix of young and old, startups that are barely breaking even and billion dollar banks, first timers and seasoned

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The evil deed is done.

The evil deed is done. If you had asked me last year, it was the farthest thing possible in my mind in November.  Even in July this year in peak form after training for four months I didn’t think I was ready to run the

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Insurance portfolio optimization challenge solution.

The Life Insurance Company Portfolio Optimization Challenge solution. There are a number of changes that we need to make to our existing model before we can build the solution for life insurance portfolio optimization challenge.  As mentioned earlier the insurance portfolio challenge comes with additional

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Portfolio Management with Excel Solver

Portfolio Management with Excel Solver Learn how to allocate across sectors and specific securities based on risk, return, liquidity and other limits across multi asset portfolios using your friendly spreadsheet version of Excel solver.  Despite my best efforts to not write another text book, the

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Hello stranger! Say Hi to our new support chatbot.

Say hi to our brand new customer support chatbot Hello there, stranger! For the last four years we had been thinking about introducing live chat support options for customers on our site.  But we kept on pushing it off because of resource, technology and internal

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Destination Khaplu

Destination Khaplu After a day’s rest we are all set to head to Khaplu – the other Serena property in the region at a slightly higher elevation of 8,500 feet. Post breakfast we laze around a bit, check out and then pack ourselves in the

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