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Face to Face with Shoaib Ahmed, CEO, AdRepublic

Shoaib Ahmed is the Founder & CEO of AdRepublic, a fast growing Marketing Communication firm of the Country. Because of his dynamic leadership the Firm has  done some very significant accomplishments in a very short period of time. In a conversation with Future StartUp he talked about himself, his Experiences & learning, passion, Entrepreneurship, & many other issues relating Starting Up-

Face to Face with Shoaib Ahmed, CEO, AdRepublic
Shoaib Ahmed, CEO, AdRepublic

Future StartUp: Tell us more about yourself and your passion in life.

Shoaib Ahmed: I’m a simple person who always wants to learn new things. My passion is to be a global brand genius.

FS: Tell us more about Ad Republic”, about its past accomplishment & Future plan.

Shoaib Ahmed: Ad Republic is a marketing communication firm aims to help business houses succeed through true effective communication. Ad Republic is the first firm in the country to promote social media marketing as a marketing mix. Within a short period of its establishment, Ad Republic makes several TVCs, radio ads, & successfully works on brand consultancy projects and media buying.

FS: What inspired you to become an Entrepreneur instead of taking any other easy way?

Shoaib Ahmed: Well, I did job in some companies. To be frank, freedom and gaining more financial capabilities inspired me to be an Entrepreneur.

FS: How did you come up with the idea of Ad Republic?

Shoaib Ahmed: When I was leading the 'Marketing Department' of a local Business House, I used to make numerous communication materials. Besides I had to instruct many communication firms. As being passionate in marketing and entrepreneurship, I decided to start my own.

FS: After you came up with the idea, how did you get started? Please walk us through what the first few months of your journey were like.

Shoaib Ahmed: As said before, I was the head of Brand Marketing of a company when I decided to start up. As that company had a big amount of media budget, I consulted with my the then MD whether I may get the works there if start my own. As he was confident enough to my caliber, he assured and assisted me.

FS: What were the biggest obstacles you faced in your journey to date? And how did you overcome them?

Shoaib Ahmed: I lost my some account and that was the biggest sudden obstacle. Besides, as a media firm, making networking and confirming legislation with different bodies were also a big challenge.

FS: You are the Founder & CEO of AdRepublic, certainly there were lots of ups & downs before you come in today’s position. Did you feel frustration or fear of failure any time during your journey? If yes, then how did you outperform them?

Shoaib Ahmed: Yes, indeed. I frustrated many times, to be precise. But one thing, as I’m a trainer and also received a number of trainings on leadership / risk management, my aspirations and learning helped me overcome those.

FS: What would you say are the biggest drivers of your success today?

Shoaib Ahmed: Yes, it’s actually hoping big and visualizing my future success.  Above all, Hard work is a must.

FS: Let’s say if you can start all over again what are the three mistakes you avoid (if any) and what are the three positive things you would do first?

Shoaib Ahmed: It could be Interesting, if I can start everything all over again!

Firstly I'll avoid-

1. losing temper shortly

2. Not Maintaining proper documentation

3. Inconsistency

I mean, I'll not lose my temper any way!, will be well documented, and also consistent.

At my best I'll work on-

1. Networking

2. Getting mentors

3. Some more practical experience

FS: What are the biggest obstacles for young Entrepreneurs in Bangladesh in your eyes?

Shoaib Ahmed: Convention of being employed after graduation resists the way. Scarcity of information, training and funding are the main obstacles. Poor system and corruption is also big matters.

FS: Advice our “Young Startup Entrepreneurs” who are just going to start their Initiatives and want to bring them to success.

Shoaib Ahmed: Very good initiative. Don’t give up in a mid way!

FS: From your perspective what are the 5 mandatory traits/capabilities for a young entrepreneur to become successful?

Shoaib Ahmed: Well, I think these are-

1. Aspiration to make money

2. Doing new things

3. Enjoying freedom

4. Taking risks

5. Of course capitalizing from the positive situation

FS: Thank You for giving us your valuable time.

Shoaib Ahmed: Thank You too.

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Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2022 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at ruhul@futurestartup.com

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4 comments on “Face to Face with Shoaib Ahmed, CEO, AdRepublic”

  1. great job FS and thanks to Shoaib for his sharing his ideas and thoughts. really loving it.....

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