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FSW 31: New Seed Investment Deals, Innovation Culture, Building Great Products, Growth, and More

In this edition: 

  1. Sequoia India Unveils 20 Startups in Surge’s Sixth Cohort Including two Bangladeshi Startups 10 Minute School and Shajgoj
  2. On Innovation Culture, Leadership, and Startup Ecosystem: Sajid Amit
  3. Shajgoj Raises Seed Funding, Content, Commerce and Community Trifecta and Shajgoj’s Flywheel
  4. On Building Great Travel Products, Product Management, and Business Intelligence: Khondoker Mashuk Ibn Mahfuz
  5. The 2021 Edition of The Active Investors In The Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem
  6. Insights From ToguMogu, ROOTs Edu and Dorik: Product-Focus and Customer Service Drive Growth For Startups in the Early Days
  7. GoZayaan Unveils New Brand Identity, Eyes Constant Innovation and Growth

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Sequoia India Unveils 20 Startups in Surge’s Sixth Cohort Including two Bangladeshi Startups 10 Minute School and Shajgoj

Surge, Sequoia Capital India’s accelerator program, has unveiled the 20 early-stage startups selected for its sixth cohort. 10 Minute School and Shajgoj are two startups from Bangladesh that have made it into the cohort. The group has received a total funding of US$60 million from Surge and its co-investors. Read.

On Innovation Culture, Leadership, and Startup Ecosystem: Sajid Amit

Sajid Amit is an Academic, Researcher, and Development Strategist and has been working at the intersection of academia, education, enterprise, and society. Mr. Sajid currently works as Director, Center for Enterprise and Society and Director, EMBA Program at ULAB. Read.

Shajgoj Raises Seed Funding, Content, Commerce, and Community Trifecta and Shajgoj’s Flywheel

Shajgoj, Dhaka-based beauty and personal care startup, announced on December 25th that it has raised $2 million in seed funding led by Sequoia Capital India’s Surge and participated by Dhaka-based tech-focused venture capital fund SBK Tech Venture.  Shajgoj is one of the 20 startups that have been selected for Sequoia India’s latest cohort of Surge. Read.

On Building Great Travel Products, Product Management, and Business Intelligence: Khondoker Mashuk Ibn Mahfuz

Khondoker Mashuk Ibn Mahfuz is the Vice President of Product and Business Intelligence at fast-growing travel-tech startup Go Zayaan where he and his team look after the product development and management and business intelligence efforts. We talk about his work, product management, business intelligence, how Go Zayaan has built some excellent travel-tech products, the science and art of building great products, autodidactism, and much more. Read.

The 2021 Edition of The Active Investors In The Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem

We’re excited to unveil our first and the 2021 edition of The Active Investors in Bangladesh Startup Ecosystem list — our annual composite list of VC, institutional, and angel/individual investors who made at least one investment in a Bangladeshi startup. Read

Insights From ToguMogu, ROOTs Edu and Dorik: Product-Focus and Customer Service Drive Growth For Startups in the Early Days

In this collection, we feature answers from three founders. Nazmul Arefin Momel is the Co-founder and CEO of ToguMogu. Tahir Hasan Riddha is the Co-founder and CEO of ROOTS Edu. And Mizanur Rahman is the Co-founder of Dorik. Three of them have built excellent businesses and found growth early on. Read

GoZayaan Unveils New Brand Identity, Eyes Constant Innovation, and Growth

Dhaka-based fast-growing travel-tech startup GoZayaan has announced a new brand look for the company in an effort to revamp the brand. The rebranding was announced on 27th February 2022.  The new brand identity is said to represent constant innovation and growth, which, the company says, has been the key objective of GoZayaan since the beginning. Read.

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Interesting reads

Unilever Bangladesh CEO Javed Akhtar Interview. Link

Book: Will by Will Smith and Mark Manson. Link. (I’m through 40% of the book, excellent read)


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