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Weekender: Startups, Readings, Events And More

2015 begins! A whole new year waiting to get old-what does it feel like? I think more people feel hopeful than less. It’s kind of liberating and it gives a hope for fresh start, all over again, leaving all shit behind. It makes us optimistic. Every fresh start is good until it becomes mundane again and we get back to our default setting.

Happy New year 2015

A new year is as good as it gets. We promise to start anew. We promise not to walk that same dark path. We plan to start often, take risk often, and make things happen often. And we forget again in the middle and wait for another new beginning.

Celebrating New Year with renewed spirit and resolution is wonderful. It makes sense but what if we could live everyday as a new start. Every day when we wake up and come alive is a new start. We can begin it with renewed sprit and courage and hope. Every day we can live like a new beginning!

A very Happy New Year 2015, let’s make it yours!

Startup: HotOfferBD.COM

Yet another e-commerce. “In the last couple of years E-Commerce has become a real game changer in the Bangladesh retail space. Every other day we hear about new start ups being launched. A new venture named HotOfferBD.COM aims at developing e-commerce sector in the country to create a convenient online marketplace.HotOfferBD.COM launched its e-commerce website on January 2014. HotOfferBD.COM aims at developing e-commerce sector in the country to create a convenient online marketplace by reducing pressure on other outlets along with saving electricity and fuel consumption along with saving time of every citizen .The site currently offers wide-range of products from gadget, ICT, digital lifestyle, watches, home appliances, consumer, electrical & electronics to boutique.”

Reading: Mean people fail

“It struck me recently how few of the most successful people I know are mean. There are exceptions, but remarkably few. Meanness isn't rare. In fact, one of the things the internet has shown us is how people mean can be. A few decades ago, only famous people and professional writers got to publish their opinions. Now everyone can, and we can all see the long tail of meanness that had previously been hidden.”

Event: Invention and Design Thinking Workshop

“This world consists of two types of people: the ones who live in it and the ones who build it. If you are among the ones who dream to build the present as well as the future, then this is your opportunity to join the global elites of innovation.”

Person: M Abdus Salam of Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK)

“M Abdus Salam is the Founder and ED of Gana Unnayan Kendra (GUK). To improve the socio-economic condition of poorer northern part of Bangladesh he Founded GUK in 1985. After completing his education till graduation in Gaibandha district of Bangladesh, Mr. Salam has earned his post graduation degree from Bradford University, UK. Since 1985, starting from Gaibandha, GUK’s work and services has been spreading throughout Kurigram, Rangpur and Nilfamari Districts of northern Bangladesh with an aim to promote social harmony through development and equal participation of all gender streams.”

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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