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Founders at work: Story of Chinese bamboo-6

Mar 7, 2012

I often read Paulo Coelho. I like his writings. Sometimes even more than just mere like. The best part of his work is that, they all are written for giving you hope and courage.  I read this story of Chinese bamboo in one of Paulo's book named by Aleph. The story goes- there is a kind of bamboo in China that does not grow more than 1 inch of first five years of its plantation. After five years it grows 25 feet long within very few days.

The moral of the story says, foundation matter. Growing madly without making foundation strong is worthless. Standing high on something weak and unsustainable is scary. It resists growth, ignites fear and hinders progress.

Starting business is more about foundation than building itself. As strong your foundation is as better it'll be for your future. Nobody starts anything for only few days. A target of long term sustainability is always for what we long for. So think long term, and start with solid base.

Ask yourself lots of question prior of starting. Scrutinize your idea, capital sourcing, people or partner's dedication, knowledge, market sustainability and any other relevant questions. It's better to start awake instead of reaming awake (sleepless) after failure of your business.

Note: This is the 6 article of the Series Founders at Work (FAW), You can check previous articles here, here, here, here, and here

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Ruhul Kader is a technology and business analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at

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