I’ve been using LinkedIn for years and I really used to like it a lot. I have only connected with people I know/people I have worked with. Now I see a meaningless news stream with a load of meaningless skills updates and questions e.g. does X know about Y the company he actually works with (?) and other ridiculous skills from a dumb machine. I can no longer get a clear view of my connections and their current status.
This is such a pity, LinkedIN is now just another address book.
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Receiving his bachelors in Physics & Astrophysics and post graduation in Spacecraft Engineering, from UCL, Iqbal commenced his career as the third employee of a jobsite, one of the first in the UK, which subsequently listed on the London Stock Exchange. Iqbal then joined an ISP, leading it to achieve accolades such as ‘ISP of the year’, and finally supervising the merger between it and and Telco.
Following this he invested in, and led the technical team at another ISP; re-engineering it to become the UK’s first ISP to offer lifetime Internet access and listing it on Ofex for over $200 million.
Realizing the Internet opportunity in India, Iqbal co-founded a web hosting company in 1999 as its CTO. Within two years, they opened branches in 11 cities, hired over 300 employees, developed an e-commerce platform and were recognized as the largest domain registration and web hosting company in Asia. In due course it listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. He also launched India’s first and largest [legal] VoIP provider.
Cloud computing was to be Iqbal’s next foray. He developed a technology platform which led to the 80 member team being identified as ‘Tech Pioneers‘ at the World Economic Forum in 2009, and achieving an investment valuation of $100 million
Currently he consults for a number of high growth startups in the e-commerce and mobile application space. In his free-time he developed an image recognition technology platform for mobile e-commerce, which was voted as one of the top ten companies in the UK by UK Trade & Industry in 2010.
Iqbal is a regular speaker at Universities such as UCL and Warwick Business School on entrepreneurship. He is an advisor for portfolio companies at Europe’s largest seed-fund, and was shortlisted as best advisor for Internet Businesses in Europe by Techcrunch [Europas].
If you want to find him, he usually spends his spare time on the Opencoffee mailing list, or here on G+
Iqbal excels at only two things, building great products and obtaining customers.
- University College LondonSpacecraft Engineering, 1994 - 1995
- University of BirminghamAstrophysics, 1990 - 1993