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Weekender: Opportunities, Events, Reading and Else

Dr Firdausi Qadri

Time flies by. 2014 still seems young but we are about to say goodbye to another whole year of life sooner than later. It makes me almost anxious. I have found out in recent times that looking back and counting forward with an active mind give us opportunity to live life fullest. Hence a weekender. This will work both: as a reminder [for myself and you may be] that we have just walked past another week and also that we need to plan for coming one soulfully. In a world that does not render much time to contemplate and that is obsessed with over working a moment of contemplation means a lot.

Person: Dr Firdausi Qadri

Dr. Firdausi Qadri (born March 31, 1951) is a Bangladeshi scientist with specialization in immunology and infectious disease research. Recently she has been included in a high-level 10-member UN panel on a proposed Technology Bank and Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Supporting Mechanism dedicated to help the LDCs emerge out of poverty.

“Dr Firdausi Qadri shares the view and dreams of improving people's lives through the use of scientific research and technology.”

Initiative: Pi.co

Pico "is a prefix in the metric system denoting one trillionth." It is also a small corner of the ever-growing web, where I keep a record of my conversations with interesting people. Some are famous, some are young. Some are unknown and some are wise & old. These conversations are not about technology. They aren’t news or interviews. Instead, they are simply conversations. They are interesting, eclectic and they have reshaped my thinking in some way.

Opportunity: Launch your app in National Mobile Hackathon with Biz Café Show

“Calling on companies/teams/individuals who have an app MADE IN BANGLADESH. Come and launch your app; give away your merchandises and collect instant feedback from a large number of tech loving audiences. Grab this 60 seconds of fame to launch your app through THE BIZ CAFE SHOW at National Hackathon; December: 06-07 at Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB).

This is your platform to brag about your app in front of a captive tech audience, attract best tech talents in Bangladesh to work with you and have the conversation started with the movers and shakers of the tech industry in Bangladesh.”


Reading: 7 Lessons From 7 Bangladeshi Entrepreneurs [in case you missed it]

“Understanding entrepreneurship takes a life time. One needs to walk the path to know the path. Even then we require compass to navigate this tough journey and life and lessons from past fellow travelers are the sources we can rest on for directions. There are wells of knowledge and lessons in the life of successful entrepreneurs.”

Seth Godin: Of Course it has been done before

“John Koenig calls it vemödalen. The fear that you're doing something that's already been done before, that everything that can be
done has been done.”

“No one is asking you to be original. We're asking you to be generous and brave and to matter. We're asking you to step up and take responsibility for the work you do, and to add more value than a mere cut and paste. Give credit, definitely, but reject vemödalen”

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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