The Emerging Markets Enthusiast

Unlocking VC in Pakistan - Rabeel Warraich (Sarmayacar) on starting the first institutional fund in the country, false perceptions and getting the flywheel going

December 07, 2021 Season 2 Episode 5
The Emerging Markets Enthusiast
Unlocking VC in Pakistan - Rabeel Warraich (Sarmayacar) on starting the first institutional fund in the country, false perceptions and getting the flywheel going
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Rabeel Warraich is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Sarmayacar, the first institutional VC fund in Pakistan. We talk about his way into venture, why Pakistan and why now, how false perceptions of a country can have extraordinary effects and his take on making the most out of the tech revolution taking place in Pakistan now. 

On this episode you will learn about:

  • The opportunities on the ground in Pakistan
  • What the journey was like launching the first institutional fund in the country
  • The heavy weight of false perceptions vs. actual realities on the ground and how through conviction one can turn things around
  • Tactics of building up the ecosystem while investing in it


You can find Rabeel on LinkedIn or Twitter.
Make sure to check out Sarmayacar's portfolio here.

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Rabeel's way into venture
Extracting learnings from classic investor's perspective and extrapolating these into venture
What did the Kauffman Programme teach you?
Raising the first capital as a emerging fund manager
What is the opportunity on the ground?
Pattern matching and cross pollination for Pakistani entrepreneurs
Example of portfolio companies
Building up the ecosystem while investing in it
Pakistani diaspora returning to the country
New trends in VC: Evergreen funds?
Fast Speed Round