Raad Ahmed
November 30, 2021

💌 7 Things Saturday #1


here's another microdose of things I enjoyed this week--written by me, raad—ceo of lawtrades and writer of spacecult.

this week is dedicated my good friend and fellow entrepreneur fahim saleh who was tragically murdered last week.

1/ a video i posted


i wouldn’t have started the internet company i run today if it wasn’t for meeting fahim and him allowing me to see under the hood every time he was building something new (prank dial, gokada, pathao, adventure capital).

he dedicated his life to to making it better for the bottom billion in developing countries. his companies single handedly improved the lives of thousands of families in nigeria, bangladesh, and colombia.

even when nigeria banned his ride sharing company gokada, fahim immediately pivoted it to a food delivery service — no fucks given.

he is a humble soul, a visionary, and continues to be a guiding light in my life.

2/ a clip i listened to

meaning of life

figuring out the meaning of life in <20 mins.

3/ a video i watched

everything is amazing and nobody is happy (YouTube)

“you’re sitting in a chair, in the sky.”

4/ a book i read

your music and people

had to read this extra slow so it wouldn’t finish too quickly.

5/ a lesson i learned

live life like it’s the second time around and you got it wrong the first time.

6/ an email i sent

lawtrades investor update - q2 2020

7/ a poem i read

your great mistake is to act the drama
as if you were alone. as if life
were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden
transgressions. to feel abandoned is to deny
the intimacy of your surroundings. surely,
even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding
out your solo voice. you must note
the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
the stairs are your mentor of things
to come, the doors have always been there
to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone
is your dream-ladder to divinity.

put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the
conversation. the kettle is singing
even as it pours you a drink, the cooking pots
have left their arrogant aloofness and
seen the good in you at last. all the birds
and creatures of the world are unutterably
themselves. everything is waiting for you.

—everything is waiting for you by david whyte