07 Powerful Founder Interviews Where They Shared Their Journey And Lessons In Building A Company
1. Building The Largest Digital Marketplace For Made In Bangladesh Products: An Interview With Zeeshan Khurshed Mazumder, Founder And CEO, BeshiDeshi (Click to read)
Zeeshan Khurshed Mazumder is the Founder And CEO of BeshiDeshi, a digital marketplace for made in Bangladesh products that helps artisans, craftsmen, and companies that make local products with customers both in Bangladesh and abroad. Founded in 2018 as a small project, Beshi Deshi has grown meaningful over the past year into a leading platform for Bangladeshi products. The company says it has over 12,000 products of 200 different categories, 350+ Partners on its platform.
We recently caught up with Mr. Zeeshan, to learn about his path to entrepreneurship (cue: Mr. Zeeshan has been a company builder. Prior to BeshiDeshi, he has co-founded and built successful businesses in the hospitality sector), how BeshiDeshi came into being, what is Beshi Deshi and what it does, how BeshiDeshi operates, the state of BeshiDeshi’s business today, its ambition going forward, lessons he has learned from his journey so far and much more.
2. How To Build A Profitable Tech Product Business In Bangladesh: An Interview With Abul Bashar Md Sharif, Director and COO, Easytrax (Click to read)
Abul Bashar Md Sharif is the Director and COO of Easytrax, a Dhaka-based company that offers GPS tracking and fleet management solutions. Mr. Sharif co-founded the company along with his friend as a side project while working full-time at Grameenphone. After a few months into the business, he left his job at GP and became a full-time entrepreneur. The first year was tough. The growth was slow. There were too many challenges to address with limited resources. Mr. Sharif and his partner did not give up. Slowly and steadily the business grew.
Today, Easytrax is one of the leading players in the GPS tracking and fleet management solutions space in Bangladesh. The company has built a profitable subscription business, expanded into new areas and is now looking to explore new growth opportunities.
In this excellent interview with FS, Mr. Abul Bashar Md Sharif shared his journey to entrepreneurship and his thoughts and lessons on building a profitable bootstrapped tech company in Bangladesh.
3. Building A Fintech Marketplace For Migrant Workers With Mehedi Hasan, Co-founder and CEO, MyCash Online (Click to read)
MyCash Online Co-founder and CEO Mehedi Hasan talks with Future Startup about his path to entrepreneurship, how MyCash Online came into being, the state of MyCash Online’s business today and its ambition going forward, the evolution of MyCash Online over the past years, cracking the fin-tech growth code, lays out MyCash Online’s game plan for the future, how to raise money, why founders should build painkiller over vitamin if they want to succeed in the game of entrepreneurship, and much more.
4. On The Inner Workings Of Venture Capital And Startup Funding With Ravid Chowdhury, Partner, RC Ventures (Click to read)
Ravid Chowdhury is a Partner at RC Ventures, one of the active venture firms in Dhaka investing in technology companies with a portfolio including Pathao, Truck Lagbe, KajKey, EndingScene, and Jitun. As for Ravid, he has led and sits in the board of multiple startups in Bangladesh. Prior to venture capital, he worked in Private Equity for a few years in New York and Hong Kong. He was the first CFO of Pathao and led the company through several funding rounds including the GO-JEK investment.
In this excellent interview, Mr. Ravid talks with Future Startup about his journey to venture capital, his thoughts on investing in early-stage companies, how RC Ventures came into being, the state of RC Ventures operations today, what he looks for in founders and teams before making an investment, the sectors he is bullish about, how RC Ventures works with investee companies, tips for founders raising investment, his experience of investing in startups in Bangladesh, his lessons from working with early-stage founders over the years and much more.
Evaly Founder and CEO Mohammad Rassel talks with Ruhul Kader about the meteoric rise of Evaly and its fast-expanding universe, the state of Evaly’s business today and its ambition going forward, the evolution of Evaly over the past months, cracking the ecommerce growth code, why price remains the key factor in retail, lays out Evaly’s game plan for becoming the largest digital commerce company in Bangladesh, why patience is the most important skill founders should develop and much more.
6. The Evolution of Shohoz With Maliha M Quadir, Founder and Managing Director, Shohoz (Click to read)
Shohoz Founder and Managing Director Maliha M Quadir talks with Ruhul Kader about the evolution of Shohoz, dynamics of ride-hailing business, the meteoric rise of Shohoz and its fast-expanding universe, the theory of growth, critical qualities for founders, and lays out Shohoz’s game plan for becoming the super-app of Bangladesh.
7. Building A Homegrown Smartphone Brand In Bangladesh With Abm Obaidullah, Founder, Redgreen (Click to read)
Abm Obaidullah is the founder and CEO of Redgreen, a homegrown smartphone brand that aims to become the Xiaomi of Bangladesh. Redgreen started small, selling tablet PCs and hardware tech products direct to customers using digital channels.
Founded in 2016, the company grew quickly and has turned itself into a popular smartphone brand. It also sells a host of smart accessories and gadgets. Today, Redgreen is a team of ten people. The company has launched three models, all of them sold well and is in the process of launching three more models by next month.
Redgreen uses digital channels and ecommerce platforms to sell their products directly to customers. In the process, the company saves cost and pass on the savings to its customers as price benefits. The company says it aims to bring-in high-quality smartphones to customers in Bangladesh at an affordable price. One strategy it applies to ensure price competitiveness is saving distribution costs by using digital direct to customer channels.
Mr. Obaidullah says that the opportunity in the smartphone space is huge. He is right. If you look at the smartphone penetration in Bangladesh it all makes sense. Affordability remains a key challenge to the growth of smartphones in Bangladesh. Redgreen thinks it has cracked the code of offering a better quality affordable smartphone.
We recently caught up with Mr. Obaidullah to discuss his winding path to path to entrepreneurship, how Redgreen came into existence, what inspired him to embark on an entrepreneurial journey, the state of Redgreen’s business today and its ambition going forward, lessons he has learned from his journey so far, why perseverance and working hard is the common thread that connects stories of all entrepreneurs and much more.