FS Weekly Review #37: Interview Of Mahmudul Hasan Sohag, Truck Lagbe, Udvash, UberPOOL, And More.
Rokomari is one of the fascinating digital commerce companies in Dhaka. Founded in 2012, the company is one of the earliest and consistent players in Dhaka’s digital commerce space. The company is a perfect bootstrapping case study in digital commerce for entrepreneurs in Bangladesh.
A good number of Bangladeshi startups raised investment in 209. While the late-stage funding environment remains precarious for the best of tech startups in Dhaka, the overall startup funding environment in 2019 was better than that of in 2018.
In the early years of Rokomari, back in 2012 and 2013, the company had a consistent loud presence in every prominent corner of the city with its colorful banners and festoons and posters. Walls littered with Rokomari posters were a common sight in many parts of Dhaka.
Truck transportation is a fascinating industry anywhere in the world. It is more so in Bangladesh. It is unstructured and archaic. It is complex and littered with problems like middleman and syndicate that have been a major challenge for the efficiency of the industry.
উদ্ভাসের পথ চলা শুরু হয়েছিল তীব্র আকাঙ্খা থেকে। এ হলো পার্থক্য গড়ার আকাঙ্খা। ‘অন্যরকম মানুষ’ গড়ার আন্দোলনের মাধ্যমে সমাজে পরিবর্তনের সূচনা করার আকাঙ্খা। ২০০০ সালের শেষের দিকে যখন এই আন্দোলনের সূচনা হয় তখন এর উদ্যোক্তারা ভাবতেই পারেননি যে এটি একসময় একটি স্বতন্ত্র রূপ ধারণ করবে। আঠারো বছর পরে আজ ‘উদ্ভাস’ একটি স্বতন্ত্র প্রতিষ্ঠান। সকল শিক্ষা প্রতিষ্ঠান থেকে ‘উদ্ভাস’ ভিন্নতর, ‘উদ্ভাস’ সম্পূর্ণ নিজস্ব একটি ধারা।
Uber has launched its car-pooling service ‘UberPOOL’ in Dhaka. The company made the announcement in an event marking 3 years of operations in Bangladesh.
Rokomari is one of the most fascinating digital commerce companies in Dhaka. Founded in 2012, the company is one of the earliest, most loved by consumers and consistent players in the space. Most importantly, it is a 100% locally built and managed company with no external investment. The company is a perfect bootstrapping case study in digital commerce for entrepreneurs in Bangladesh.
Sabbir Hasan Nasir is the Executive Director of ACI Logistics where he leads Shwapno, the leading retail brand in the country. Mr. Sabbir has a diverse career spanning multiple sectors and countries. He is also an author of four books – three of them are a series on Sufism and a poetry book entitled Podochinho.
We are living in an extraordinary time. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship have become the two dominant ideas in the business world as an integral part of organizational culture.
Every new year comes with new promises and hopes and opportunities. It also comes with new challenges, difficult struggles, and unwanted heartbreaks. While our natural tendency is to try to avoid difficulties, in reality, it is our difficulties and struggles that make us who we become at the end of the day. Here is some inspiration to embrace life as it comes and strive for the better every day.
There is a saying about marketing that “it is hard to tell which part of your advertising strategy is working.” Until recently, advertising had a bad rap for being mostly guesswork. Big companies invested millions in finding ways to measure the impact of communication spending in the form of developing tools and research. However, this reality has changed over the past years. The rise of digital communication and data-driven decision making have transformed how businesses run themselves. Terms like growth hacking, metrics, conversion, ROI and so on started to slip into marketing conversation and gradually became dominant trends. Companies could see which part of their marketing budget did what. However, this transition from a guess-world, a world of fancy talking and mere storytelling, to a world of real results and ROI-driven approach is still happening. The transition is far from complete.
Professionals from Bangladesh and the United States will deliver interactive talks and presentations on marine ecology, economy, and resilience in the Bay of Bengal region. This event will mostly focus on resilience, nature-based solutions, blue economy, and public services in coastal and marine areas.
Ayrin Saleha Ria is an undergrad student currently studying Applied Sociology at ASA University Bangladesh. She takes a deep interest in human society and behavioral science and loves reading. She works at FS as a Community Management Fellow and writes about interesting companies.