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FS Weekly #51: Links and Commentary

Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Society | 11 December 2022 | No. 51

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Two announcements. 

1. We’re hosting a virtual FS Talk featuring Shah Paran, Founder, and CEO of HandyMama. It would be wonderful if you join us. It is a free event, register to get an invitation

2. BYLC Ventures opens applications for its 6th cohort. If you’re building a startup in Bangladesh, this is a good opportunity. Details here

This last week Future Startup published.

1. How Progress Works

Progress is never a straight line. It is an uneven line with tons of ups and downs, dips, and plateaus. 

2. The rise of LCP and the business of management consulting with LightCastle Partners CEO Bijon Islam

Bijon Islam is the co-founder and CEO of LightCatsle Partners (LCP), a Dhaka-based management consulting firm that has experienced a consistent rise over the last several years. We discuss the reasons behind LCP’s rise and the business of consulting. Fascinating read. 

3. Personal history, shaping herself, the transformation of Cookups, and entrepreneurship with Nahita Nishmin, CEO, Cookups Technologies (Part I)

Nahita Nishmin is the CEO of Cookups Technologies Limited, a Dhaka-based on-demand home-cooked food delivery platform. Prior to running Cookups, Ms. Nahita worked for a brief period with Unilever Bangladesh where she worked on sustainability and purposeful brand-related initiatives. Before that, she spent a long time working in the development sector including eight years at Swiss Contact’s Katalyst project where she managed agricultural portfolios. We talk about her journey, the evolution of Cookups, and lessons in entrepreneurship. Excellent read. 

4. ShareTrip introduces domestic travel insurance, ShareTrip’s loyalty and growth play

ShareTrip, Bangladesh’s leading Online Travel Agency (OTA), has introduced domestic travel insurance for its loyal customers. This new move can add to ShareTrip’s strength of the constant moat and consistent growth. 

5. Before the startup: How to prepare yourself for a startup journey

There are two aspects that you can spend time learning about building companies: 1) what is common among successful companies and founders 2) and what is the hardest part of running a startup. Most other knowledge is either contextual in nature or you don’t need to learn now. 

FS Talk December 2022
FS Talk December 2022

Outside FS Reads.

1. This creative productivity system quadrupled my writing output

In the past, my view about topics like productivity, consistency, and discipline is that you learn these skills once and you are set for life. But I have learned that it is not true. Rather it is a lifelong struggle. It ebbs and flows. You have to constantly inspire yourself and maintain your tank. This is good in terms of creating your own productivity system. 

2. The Cult of Luis Enrique: How Spain’s World Cup turned to shambles

This is football world cup season and I was a Spain supporter. This is an excellent read on leadership and the cost of living in your own bubble. Never get too comfortable in drinking your own cool aid. 

3. What are the politics of ChatGPT?

The always excellent Tyler Cowen on ChatGPT and what is coming. Must read. 

4. Are You the Same Person You Used to Be?

Who are you? Brilliant read. 

5. Pursue Mastery, Not Status

Lawrence Yeo is one of my favorite writers on the internet. This article is a jam. 

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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