NOT-SO-SEXY with Amad Mian
At-home and personal with the multi-hyphenate grounded in amplifying creative spirits and entrepreneurs

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. This week we got intimate with multi-hyphenate Amad Mian

With a love for storytelling and community, we learn more about his recent move to Pakistan, his routines and creating his dream job himself. Keep reading for more Amad.

What does your work from home space look like?

I recently moved to our family farm in Islamabad Pakistan, and turned our guard room into my office. It was a bare room with some of the best views of the property, and we stripped it out and refurnished it. It’s got stunning views on all 4 sides and a long wooden table and a small floor seating space.

How does Pakistan influence and inform your work?

Pakistan has so much to offer, the sheer culture, history and craftspeople of some of the cities can even cause sensory overload. It helps me get inspired, look at value creation and intricacies of the society which I can help with my experience. 

Do you have a daily routine? If so, walk us through it. 

I wake up around 7am, make myself coffee and go to my office. In colder months when the weather is nice, I take my laptop and go sit outside in the garden and mostly work outdoors. I try not to take any calls in the morning as that is my time to think and get most of my proactive work done. Throughout the day I take walks in nature to think. Around sunset, Waleeya and I take a walk together and enjoy the sunset before going inside and continuing working or calling it a day with some dinner and a movie. 

What initially drew you to venture capital?

I love working with high growth companies and working in fields of increased learning. VC requires you to be on your toes and look at macro trends around the world and in your companies, to asses how they will play out. It is also a lot of fun looking at how to help completely different businesses grow and directing their needs. 

Tell us about a time you felt inspired.

I am constantly inspired, I’m lucky to be surrounded by incredibly talented people around the world. 

Do you believe you found your dream job, or created it yourself?

I think I’m still in the process of creating it myself. 

What have you learned about the power of creative spirits and storytelling through your podcast?

That everyone has an incredible story to tell you if you give them the right environment to tell it. Each person’s journey is worth archiving and lessons are worth taking from their struggles and their achievements. 

What’s the best thing about community?

The support, and constant fact-checking. 

What has brought you joy in this year of self-isolation, introspection and self-reinvention?

My wife, the move to Pakistan, the time to recalibrate what is most important to me.

Hardest thing about your work?

Getting the right data.

6 emerging creatives on your radar?

Any advice on building a business with a partner?

Communication and trust is key.

Where would you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and coffee in your city?

In my garden. 

Do you have any personal rituals or traditions?

Morning coffee, ideally in the garden.

How do you find creative and work-life balance?

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Advice you would give to your younger self?

Believe in yourself more, experiment more and always be curious.

Something you’re looking forward to?

We at Dastaangoi are opening an art gallery, showcasing Pakistani artists to the world and I can’t wait.

NOT-SO-SEXY with Amad Mian
At-home and personal with the multi-hyphenate grounded in amplifying creative spirits and entrepreneurs

Not-So-Sexy is an on-going series on Miilkiina.com profiling creatives around the world and their real, raw, and “not-so-sexy” work-from-home experiences. This week we got intimate with multi-hyphenate Amad Mian

With a love for storytelling and community, we learn more about his recent move to Pakistan, his routines and creating his dream job himself. Keep reading for more Amad.

What does your work from home space look like?

I recently moved to our family farm in Islamabad Pakistan, and turned our guard room into my office. It was a bare room with some of the best views of the property, and we stripped it out and refurnished it. It’s got stunning views on all 4 sides and a long wooden table and a small floor seating space.

How does Pakistan influence and inform your work?

Pakistan has so much to offer, the sheer culture, history and craftspeople of some of the cities can even cause sensory overload. It helps me get inspired, look at value creation and intricacies of the society which I can help with my experience. 

Do you have a daily routine? If so, walk us through it. 

I wake up around 7am, make myself coffee and go to my office. In colder months when the weather is nice, I take my laptop and go sit outside in the garden and mostly work outdoors. I try not to take any calls in the morning as that is my time to think and get most of my proactive work done. Throughout the day I take walks in nature to think. Around sunset, Waleeya and I take a walk together and enjoy the sunset before going inside and continuing working or calling it a day with some dinner and a movie. 

What initially drew you to venture capital?

I love working with high growth companies and working in fields of increased learning. VC requires you to be on your toes and look at macro trends around the world and in your companies, to asses how they will play out. It is also a lot of fun looking at how to help completely different businesses grow and directing their needs. 

Tell us about a time you felt inspired.

I am constantly inspired, I’m lucky to be surrounded by incredibly talented people around the world. 

Do you believe you found your dream job, or created it yourself?

I think I’m still in the process of creating it myself. 

What have you learned about the power of creative spirits and storytelling through your podcast?

That everyone has an incredible story to tell you if you give them the right environment to tell it. Each person’s journey is worth archiving and lessons are worth taking from their struggles and their achievements. 

What’s the best thing about community?

The support, and constant fact-checking. 

What has brought you joy in this year of self-isolation, introspection and self-reinvention?

My wife, the move to Pakistan, the time to recalibrate what is most important to me.

Hardest thing about your work?

Getting the right data.

6 emerging creatives on your radar?

Any advice on building a business with a partner?

Communication and trust is key.

Where would you have breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and coffee in your city?

In my garden. 

Do you have any personal rituals or traditions?

Morning coffee, ideally in the garden.

How do you find creative and work-life balance?

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Advice you would give to your younger self?

Believe in yourself more, experiment more and always be curious.

Something you’re looking forward to?

We at Dastaangoi are opening an art gallery, showcasing Pakistani artists to the world and I can’t wait.

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