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Future Startup Weekly 68: Innovator’s Dilemma and How Stunning Organizations Operate

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


Solaiman Alam: How Stunning Organizations Operate, Navigating Shifting Digital Landscape, and Strategies for Doing Good Work and Living a Good Life

In this fascinating conversation, the Chief Digital and Strategy Officer of the Country’s Largest Telecom Operator Grameenphone, Solaiman Alam talks about his journey, his approach to work and life, all things related to digital initiatives and strategy at Grameenphone, and much more. Learn the future of the telecom industry, what separates great organizations from mediocre ones, and how to think about strategy, organizational culture, and strategies to do good work. 

Complement with: Our conversation with Yasir Azman


Some lessons on building companies

Learn two important lessons on building companies: why people make all the difference and why being able to see the future ahead of others separates great founders from others.

Complement with: Our excellent interview with Chaldal Founder and CEO Waseem Alim 


The Innovator's Dilemma: Why Bank-led MFS Players Are Struggling to Compete

In 2011, 27 banks took approval from the Bangladesh Bank to launch mobile financial services (MFS). But except for three players, of which two are independent players, almost all other bank-led players suffered from various challenges and painfully slow growth. Learn why bank-led MFS players struggle, why nothing fails like success, and why an innovator’s dilemma is the main reason behind the struggle of bank-led MFS players in Bangladesh. 

Complement with: Our analysis of the fall of Symphony  


Tyger Media Raises $150K, Digital Media Landscape and Challenges for New Digital Media Upstarts

Learn about the fascinating thesis of Tyger Media, its ambition after raising the seed investment, the changing landscape of digital media in Bangladesh, and the challenges the new media upstarts should be aware of. 

Complement with: Our conversation with Jane Alam Romel on the future of communication


05 Beautiful Life Lessons Gathered From 05 Founders  

Learning is a continuous process. Because life is a continuous journey that throws various difficulties at us all the time, unless we are learning constantly, we’ll not survive. Learn 5 fascinating insights from 5 founders in this beautiful piece. 

Complement with: Our essay on the benefits of embracing challenges and struggles of life with a positive attitude

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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