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Future Startup Weekly 80: Lessons From a Serial Entrepreneur

Hi there: I'm Ruhul and this is Future Startup Weekly, a newsletter about entrepreneurship, expertise, and doing good work. 

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The Art of Enterprise 

M Asif Rahman: Lessons From A Serial Entrepreneur (Part I)

Serial Entrepreneur and prolific angel investor M Asif Rahman talks about his journey, his early entrepreneurial success, his winding path to what he is doing today, lessons from his many years of building successful companies, and much more.  

Founder Story 

Building a Cashback and Affiliate Marketplace: A Conversation with Aminul Islam, Founder and CEO, AyyKori Digital Ltd

Aminul Islam is the founder and CEO of AyyKori Digital, a fast-growing Dhaka-based cashback and affiliate marketplace. We talk about the origin of AyyKori, AyyKori’s growth strategy and organizational structure, the current state of the business and plans, mistakes founders should avoid, his favorite books, and much more. 

Business Deep Dive 

Market map: The State of Online Pharmacy in Bangladesh

We take a look into the emerging online pharmacy market in Bangladesh, key trends, investment landscape, major players, and future outlook. 

The Generalist 

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

Solaiman Alam is the Chief Digital and Strategy Officer of Grameenphone, Bangladesh's largest telecom operator. We talk about his approaches to work and life from a perspective of exploration, all things related to digital initiatives and strategy at Grameenphone, the future of the telecom industry in a changing world, why successful companies suffer from innovator’s dilemma, what separates great organizations from mediocre ones, how to think about strategy, organizational culture, his management philosophy, and much more. 


On Entrepreneurship Journey: 3 Stories and 14 Lessons

Entrepreneurial success takes a long time because important life lessons take a long time to learn. Get a unique insight into the nature of the entrepreneurial journey from three stories of Bangladeshi entrepreneurial success. 

Brand Story 

Bohubrihi: Changing Lives With Impactful Online Skills Development Learning

Bohubrihi has created a fascinating model for delivering high-quality online skills and professional development courses. Get an insider look into how Bohubrihi operates and does what it does. 


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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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