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FSW 32: Personal renewal, future of communication, technology policy, SM² accelerator, air pollution and economy, and more

In this edition: 

  • On Personal Renewal, Open Broadcasting, Future of Communication, and Building Purposeful Brands: Jane Alam Romel
  • DBID is a Good Idea but All Policies Involve Trade-offs
  • Pickaboo Experiments with 3 Hours Delivery in Dhaka
  • SM² Accelerator Launches Inaugural Cohort with 03 Startups
  • OCF Conversation #02: Air Pollution: A Brewing Public Health Emergency in Bangladesh with Dr. Abdus Salam
  • Other happenings in Dhaka’s entrepreneurship and tech scene

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On Personal Renewal, Open Broadcasting, Future of Communication, and Building Purposeful Brands: Jane Alam Romel

In this excellent interview, IDLC Finance Group Chief Marketing Officer Jane Alam Romel discusses the polymathic nature of knowledge, learning, and personal renewal, choosing what to read, the future of communication in the age of open broadcasting, building and running a marketing operation, building purposeful brands, and much more. Read

DBID is a Good Idea but All Policies Involve Trade-offs

DBID is done to support the ecommerce industry with good intentions. However, it does not mean it cannot go wrong. All policies involve trade-offs — a double-edged sword. Regulators will be wise to keep that in mind and work hard to ensure that DBID does not stifle the growth of the digital commerce sector. The initiative has already received skepticism from many smaller digital commerce companies such as f-commerce companies selling products on Facebook. Read

Pickaboo Experiments with 3 Hours Delivery in Dhaka

Dhaka-based mobile and gadgets focused omnichannel ecommerce startup Pickaboo has launched a new 3 hours delivery service. The service, aptly named FastPick Express, promises guaranteed 3 hours delivery within select Dhaka metro areas between 9 AM – 5 PM. Pickaboo already offers two delivery options: regular and FastPick delivery. With the FastPick Express, the company adds another faster delivery option for customers. Read

SM² Accelerator Launches Inaugural Cohort with 03 Startups

SM², a seed accelerator program for Bangladeshi startups backed by SBK Tech Ventures, SOSV MOX, and Miaki, has unveiled 03 early-stage startups selected for its inaugural cohort. Three companies are: internet sharing startup Bonton Connect, edtech startup Ostad, and live commerce fashion startup LOOX. We have previously featured all three companies in FS. Read

OCF Conversation #02: Air Pollution: A Brewing Public Health Emergency in Bangladesh with Dr. Abdus Salam

In this episode, #OCFConversation Co-producer and Host Shamir Shehab is joined by one of #Bangladesh’s leading air pollution researchers, Dr. Abdus Salam, a Professor at the Chemistry Department of Dhaka University, to talk about air pollution in Bangladesh, the causes and costs of air pollution, how we can combat the growing problem of air pollution in Bangladesh, and much more. Read

Other happenings in entrepreneurship and tech: In other news, Chaldal gets DBID as one of the first ecommerce companies, BD Venture invests in AmarSource, meet the 06 winners of the first STITCH for RMG Global Innovation Challenge, Pickaboo experiments with 3 hours delivery, Dana Fintech and Merchant Bay partners to launch financing for SME RMG factories. 


Interesting reads: 

Listen/Read: How Venture Capital Made the Modern World (with Sebastian Mallaby). Link

Ben Evan’s tech questions for 2022. Link

ByteDance founder Zhang Yiming’s last speech. Link

Book: Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention--And How to Think Deeply Again by Johann Hari. Link


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Prop-tech startup Sheraspace introduces the Online Interior Design Consultation — a complete alternative to traditional interior design services. Meaning, you can avail professional interior design guidance in a hassle-free, short-term and affordable manner — all from the comfort of your home. Learn more

AmarLab brings the diagnostic lab to the doorsteps of people in urgent need of medical tests. The company has partnered with reputed diagnostic centers with an ambition to make healthcare easily accessible to everyone, everywhere. Learn more.

Future Startup Content Marketing Service: Tell your compelling brand story. Connect with the most influential audience in business and tech in Bangladesh. Learn more.

Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based writer, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and the author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about entrepreneurship, business, strategy, technology, and culture. He can be reached at [email protected]

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