Problem solving has always been my strongest suit. When choosing a college, I faced the classic struggle between emotions and practicality. My disposition was more inclined towards creative arts but engineering was the more practical choice. Studying computer science was dry at first, but down the road it turned out to be an interesting change of perspective. The harder the challenge, the bigger the excitement.
Where have you earned your spurs?
I always try to find inspiration in everyone and everything around me, from a little toddler to an experienced entrepreneur. When I graduated, I made a decision not to go for the bigger corporations, but to work in tightly staffed companies, as they provide a chance for quicker learning and growth. After coming to Finland I’ve had the chance to work with multiple industries, such as web analytics, online programmatic ads and cyber security.
I’ve also had my own startup, where I was the CTO, shareholder and a board member. I had the chance to work with some amazing people like Mark Dillion (founder of Jolla), who has the advisor to the board, and Micke Paqvalen (successful serial entrepreneur), who was my mentor throughout the venture.
Why Columbia Road?
Ups and downs during the two years of entrepreneurship sort of lead me to Columbia Road. During those years I learned the true value of teams and working with like-minded people. Columbia Road’s company culture goes well together with my values and pursuits, the talented interdisciplinary teams give great possibilities for personal growth. I very much value being able to work with industry leaders, as learning about their business models is a great opportunity. To get paid for this privilege is a cherry on top.
Sampo, what will make our clients love Naseer?
“Naseer is a professional with a strong drive to innovate and to continuously build something better. He places great importance on being ethical towards clients, and truly cares about their businesses. Naseer is not shy to ask questions, and due to his vast industry experience he often asks very precise and the right questions to speed up the solving process at hand. Thanks to his entrepreneurial experience, he understands business needs from many perspectives, which he then connects to tech possibilities,” says Sampo Hämäläinen, Managing Partner at Columbia Road.
What makes your heart beat a little faster?
“I enjoy doing sports: mostly tennis, cricket, badminton and football. I love being on the field and taking part in some healthy competition. I’m also fond of mentoring and sharing what little knowledge I have gained: currently I’m managing a cricket team. This year we managed to involve young teenagers in our practice sessions, who hadn’t had the chance to try cricket before,” says Naseer.