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How to Build The Future: 4 Must-Read Founder Interviews on Business Building, Personal Growth, and Meaningful Work

Our latest collection of founder interviews contains everything you need to know to start, build, run a startup, and actually enjoy it, including struggles of early days, how products and ideas evolve, what to avoid, how to navigate growth, and inspiration to keep you going and offers rare insights into personal growth, doing work that matters to us and much more.

On Building Amarlab, Digital Healthcare In Bangladesh, and Entrepreneurship With Tazin Shadid, CEO, AmarLab

Tazin Shadid

Digital Healthcare has gained meaningful growth in Bangladesh over the last two years amid the coronavirus pandemic. The vertical was already on the rise, thanks to growing internet and technology penetration, the pandemic has accelerated the pace.  

We have seen an influx of new healthtech startups scale their operation in the past two years. Amarlab, a digital healthcare startup that provides at-home diagnostic test services, online doctor consultation, a platform for doctors to run their practices digitally among several other solutions, is among the most prominent players in the vertical. The company started with on-demand at-home diagnostics services and has since expanded to several verticals, as we mentioned above, taking the advantage of the integrated nature of the healthcare service.

Amarlab has been in the most recent cohort of Accelerating Asia, a Singapore-based accelerator and startup fund, and is in the process of raising its pre-seed and seed investments. The company now aims higher and aspires to change the overall healthcare service in Bangladesh. 

We recently sat down with Amarlab Co-founder and CEO Tazin Shadid to get an insider view of Amarlab: how the company came into being, what is Amarlab, services, and products it offers, how the company operates, the state of its business today, and ambition going forward, the healthcare sector in Bangladesh, challenges early-stage founders face, and much more. 

This is a fascinating read. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed doing it.

Read the full interview here.

On TechCare, Building a Global UX and UI-Focused Software Company, and Necessary Founder Education with Tofael Hossain, Co-founder, and COO, TechCare

TechCare Tofael Hossain
TechCare Founders

TechCare is a Bangladeshi origin and Edmonton, Canada-based UX and UI-focused Software Development Company. From a small bootstrapped project, started by two computer science undergrad students of Rajshahi University, TechCare today employs over 17 people, serving hundreds of clients across markets. Using an innovative business model and quality service, the company has achieved consistent growth over the last few years. 

In this wide-ranging interview with TechCare co-founder and COO Tofael Hossain, we dig into the making of TechCare to understand how the company has grown from a small bootstrapped software company to a prominent software development firm with a special concentration in UX and UI.

Mr. Hossain talks about his path to entrepreneurship, how TechCare came into being, the early days of building the company,  gives us a peek into how his co-founder and he put together the team and initial resources and bootstrapped the company to where it is today, the evolution of TechCare over the past years, shares how TechCare has crafted an innovative subscription model in the software development space, the operational mechanics of the business, the state of TechCare today and its ambition going forward, reflects on the lessons he has learned from his journey so far and much more.  

Read the full interview here.

On Building CodeCrafters, Entrepreneurship, and a Good Life: An Interview With Ellis Miller, Founder, CodeCrafters International

Ellis Miller
Ellis Miller

Ellis Miller is the co-founder and Managing Director of CodeCrafters International, a Dhaka-based international technology development company. Founded in 2007 by Ellis and Lynita Miller, CodeCrafters provides customized software solutions to businesses in the USA and other parts of the world. The company maintains a development team in Dhaka, Bangladesh with a U.S.-based sales and support team.

In this beautiful and intellectually empowering interview with Future Startup’s Ruhul Kader, Ellis walks us through his early life and experience of growing up in rural Kansas in the US, his journey into the world of software development, moving to Dhaka, founding and building a technology company out of Bangladesh, how his childhood and upbringing has shaped his outlook about life and work, how community, faith, integrity, and hard work define his understanding of a good life, talks about growing a business, team building, culture, leadership, reflects on the importance of valuing people, how our faith helps us keep our center solid and much more.  

Read the full interview here.

On Building a Tech-first Home Improvement Platform in Bangladesh, Interior Design Market, and Lessons in Entrepreneurship with Sarjeena Maodud, Co-founder and CEO, Sheraspace

Sarjeena Maodud
Sarjeena Maodud

Sarjeena Maodud is the co-founder and CEO of Sheraspace, a tech-first home improvement services company based in Dhaka. Founded in 2019, Sheraspace offers a number of services related to interior design, including online interior design consultation, complete end-to-end interior design solutions, and custom furniture design for full interior design projects. 

In this fascinating interview with Future Startup, Ms. Sarjeena walks us through her early life in Moscow, growing up in Dhaka, education in UCL, moving back to Dhaka, founding and building a tech-first interior design company in Bangladesh, talks about the state of Sheraspace, services Sheraspace provides, and its ambition going forward, discusses her experience of building a team, growing the business, shares her take on company culture, dealing with challenges of being a female founder and much more.  

Read the full interview here.

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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