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Best Future Startup Interviews of 2022

21 Must-Read Future Startup Interviews

Future Startup Interviews, Face to Face, and Founder Stories, became its own distinct brand in 2022, befitting its weekly schedule and increasing the importance of our overall work. Following is a list of some of the best interviews we published throughout 2022. Interviews are not organized in any particular order. 

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1.  Ayman Sadiq: The making and evolution of 10 Minute School, and the psychology of entrepreneurship

Ayman Sadiq is the founder and CEO of 10 Minute School, one of the largest ed-tech startups in Bangladesh. Ayman has received several awards for his work. In 2018, he received a Queen's Young Leaders Award for his work to improve access to education for young people in Bangladesh. The same year, he was named on Forbes Asia's 30 Under 30 list. Ayman is an original thinker and a wonderful human being.

2. The Interview: AmarLab CEO Tazin Shadid on building a pioneering at-home pathology test services company in Bangladesh

Amarlab is an on-demand at-home pathology service company. Founded in 2017, the company has experienced excellent growth within a short period of time. We featured Amarlab about a year ago at the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic. Like every other digital service, the digital healthcare landscape in Bangladesh has since changed 360 degrees. Today, people are simply more open to trying digital services which was not the case before. 

3. The making and ambition of Sheba: In conversation with Adnan Imtiaz Halim, Co-founder, and CEO, Sheba Platform Limited 

“You have to be a subject matter expert in the business you want to build. It is better to start with some domain expertise. The second lesson is don't delegate late and don't delegate early. Delegate fast but make sure your people are ready before delegating. Move fast. Slow has no value in today’s world. Finally, whatever you do, don't compromise your values. Some things are priceless.” 

4. Mohan Belani on the making of E27, the future of media business, the importance of trying things, great founders, and a good life 

Mohan Belani is the founder and CEO of E27, a Singapore-based Pan-Asia tech ecosystem platform. Mohan and his team have built a Pan-Asia ecosystem platform at a time when the media business is considered one of the most challenging verticals. From a small team of four, E27 today is a team of close to 30 people and has grown to become a leading business matching and tech ecosystem platform for startups, corporates, and investors in Southeast Asia. 

5. Personal history, shaping herself, the transformation of Cookups, and entrepreneurship with Nahita Nishmin, CEO, Cookups Technologies 

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. 

6. On the ambition of Startup Bangladesh, startup policy, and startup and venture capital ecosystem of Bangladesh with Sami Ahmed, Managing Director, Startup Bangladesh Limited

Sami Ahmed is the Managing Director of Startup Bangladesh Limited, a Government of Bangladesh-funded VC firm, actively backing local startups.

7. Rayana Hossain on growing ISHO, designing organizational dynamism, furniture business, and upsides of being yourself 

Rayana Hossain is the founder and CEO of ISHO, a Dhaka-based furniture brand. From a humble beginning, ISHO has grown to become one of the fastest-growing furniture brands in Bangladesh.

8. Nuport, supply chain automation, productivity, and entrepreneurship lessons: An interview with Fahim Salam, Founder, and CEO, Nuport

“Nuport is a full-stack supply chain automation company. We work with manufacturers, distributors, and eCommerce brands in building out a back-end automation infrastructure so that you're able to scale and grow faster.”

9. How law firms work, legal fundamentals for startups, technology and future of legal services, and a good life with Saqeb Mahbub, Partner, Mahbub & Company

“We get greedy when it comes to achieving things. We want all the fame, all the money, all the credit. We want to do all the work. And we want to maintain all the social relationships. But we don't want to sacrifice anything. We don't want to sacrifice anything because everything is easier to access nowadays which was not the case before. That's something that I have learned. It has helped me a lot in terms of finding focus, being productive, to have a goal. It all comes with being present where you are right now.”

10. Khondoker Tasfin Alam: HungryNaki, the business of online food delivery, upsides of engineering education, the gig economy, and life lessons

“If you are going for a career, prioritize learning over everything else in your early days. Try to figure out what you enjoy, and what makes you come alive. Try different things. Be open and courageous. When you enjoy your work, it can change everything.”

11. Parvez Ahmad: Zayanx Health, the future of digital healthcare services, and management lessons 

“My work philosophy is simple: maintain your integrity no matter what and do as best as you can. When you are honest with yourself, you can see how you are doing and will not need anyone else to tell you to do this or that.”

12. On building scalable organizations, the ambition of Brain Station, and management in practice with MJ Ferdous, COO, Brain Station 23

“Almost everything takes time to happen. Nothing in life is like food delivery, you tap some buttons on your phone and food arrives at your door 30 minutes later. You have to learn to wait at least a few years before getting the expected results.”

13. Sadia Haque on the evolution and ambition of ShareTrip, emerging travel trends, and the future of travel  

ShareTrip is one of the earliest and most important players in Bangladesh's travel industry. Starting as an offline travel services company, ShareTrip has gone through several metamorphoses over the past years and transformed itself into the leading OTA in the country, while also helping transform the entire travel scene in Bangladesh. 

14. Shaerul H. Joarder on building Parcelmagic, the dynamics of the logistics industry, and entrepreneurial lessons 

“Financial control can make or break a company. Resource allocation is the ultimate test of your business acumen. If you could do it, you can have a fantastic run as a company. Some companies raise a ton of money but eventually fail because of the failure of resource allocation and financial control.” 

15. Anowar Hossain: The origin of DocTime, building a world-class digital health product, and lessons learned 

“To run a business, you need a team you can trust. I have a key team with whom I discuss and brainstorm ideas and challenges and share my burden. Founders should never try to do everything on their own. Share your challenges. Discuss. Make decisions.”

16. Gazi Raffan on how BanglaMeds got acquired by Chaldal, Chaldal’s pharmacy ambition, and business of online pharmacy

Gazi Raffan is the founder and CEO of BanglaMeds, a fully-owned subsidiary of Chaldal. Founded in 2017, BanglaMeds is one of the earliest players in the vertical. The company was fully acquired by Chaldal 2021, Bangladesh’s largest online grocery startup, in a cash and stock deal. Mr. Raffan joined Chaldal as the CEO of BanglaMeds after the deal. BanglaMeds continues to operate as a fully-owned independent subsidiary of Chaldal. 

17. Interview: IFA Consultancy Co-founder Mufti Yousuf Sultan on Islamic finance, venture capital, and the making of IFA Consultancy

Mufti Yousuf Sultan is the co-founder of IFA Consultancy, a pioneering institution in Bangladesh that provides training and consultancy on Islamic finance, aiming toward a Halal and Sustainable Economy. 

18. Decoding SWAP’s business and re-commerce industry in Bangladesh with SWAP Founder and CEO Parvez Hossain

SWAP is a fascinating company and operates in an equally fascinating vertical — recommerce. We first featured SWAP in May 2021. The company has since evolved. It has raised a new round of investment — $1.25 million in seed funding, led by Accelerating Asia, expanded into three new verticals, acquired a minority stake in an eCommerce company called BDhotdeals, and doubled down on growth. 

19. 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. Started as a small operation, LCP is now often referred to as McKinsey of Bangladesh, and rightly so. 

20. Building a halal investment platform and the inevitable ebbs and flows of founder journey with Shabab Shahriar Khan and Muhammad Saeedul Alam, Founders, biniyog.io

Shabab Shahriar Khan and Muhammad Saeedul Alam are the founders of biniyog.io, a Dhaka-based halal investment platform that connects regular people to profitable businesses.

21. Building a global software company out of Bangladesh: An Interview With Parvez Akhter, Founder, ThemeXpert and ThriveDesk

ThemeXpert, a bootstrapped company through and through, didn't take long to find a path to growth. A few years into the business, ThemeXpert launched its first no-code/low-code drag-and-drop website/page builder Quix, which has since crossed 100,000 installations. It is one of the most popular Joomla page builders in the world.

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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.

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