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FS Weekly 66: Three FS Interviews you don’t want to miss

Welcome to Future Startup Weekly, our curated list of the best content on entrepreneurship, business expertise, and work from the past weeks.

Waseem Alim: Chaldal’s strategic direction, navigating tough times, and underrated insights into startup and ecommerce

In his fourth appearance, Chaldal CEO Waseem Alim joined us to talk about Chaldal’s current state of operation, priorities, strategic direction, the rationale behind Chaldal’s recent move to pull back from several cities outside Dhaka, the state of ecommerce growth in Bangladesh, the state of Bangladesh startup ecosystem, why challenging times are good for good business, his strategies for navigating tough times and much more. Read. 

Complement with: Building A 100-Year Company With Waseem Alim, Founder, and CEO, Chaldal


Life’s Work: Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation Bangladesh

Kazi Faisal Bin Seraj is The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Bangladesh. In this fascinating conversation, Mr. Faisal talks about his journey, The Asia Foundation Bangladesh, all things development sector, and lessons in work and life. Read

Complement with: BRAC, Innovation, Social Change and Life: An Interview With Asif Saleh, BRAC


Mohammad Oli Ahad: The Making of Intelligent Machines and Rough Edges of Entrepreneurship

Mohammad Oli Ahad is the Founder and CEO of Intelligent Machines Limited, a Dhaka-based enterprise AI products and data science services company. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Oli about all things Intelligent Machines, artificial intelligence, and business building. Learn about Intelligent Machines, how ideas mature, and what it takes to build companies. Read

Complement with: Markopolo Aims to Automate Digital Advertising and Help Companies Save Both Time and Money


Hungry no more

One critical flaw in the current food delivery thesis, particularly in the context of Bangladesh, is convenience as a core value proposition. Convenience is important but for a very small set of customers in Dhaka and has limited use in most markets outside Dhaka. A fascinating analysis of the fall of HungryNaki and the overall food delivery market in Bangladesh. Read

Complement with: Foodpanda Vs. Restaurants, Internet and Aggregators, and What Restaurants Can Do


Truck Lagbe closes series A+ financing round to transform the trucking industry of Bangladesh

Truck Lagbe, one of Bangladesh’s largest truck-booking logistics platforms, announced the closing of its Series A+ financing round. The financing round was led by the global port operator and supply chain provider PSA International Pte Ltd (PSA), with additional participation from Startup Bangladesh Limited and IDLC Venture Capital Fund I. Read.

Complement with: Bangladesh Startup Funding Report: Q1 2023

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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