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FS Weekly 86: Insights and Research for Building Enduring Enterprises

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This week’s edition covers: 

  1. The Art of Enterprise with Amir Salihefendic
  2. Founder Story with the founders of Halda Valley, Inspira, ToguMogu and Dorik 
  3. Business Deep Dive on Shomvob
  4. Insight on Culture Building
  5. Brand Story on Future-Proofing Bangladesh's Agriculture
  6. Book Notes on Forty Rules of Love 
  7. Recommendation

FS Weekly 86: Insights and Research for Building Enduring Enterprises

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On to the updates 

The Art of Enterprise

Future Startup Interview: Amir Salihefendic, Founder and CEO, Doist

In this gem from our archive, Amir Salihefendic, founder and CEO of Doist, creator of productivity apps Todoist and Twist, shares his journey of building a global company, and unparalleled insights into the upsides of struggles, culture-building, mastery, and craftsmanship.

Founder Story 

4 Founder Interviews On The Reality of Being a Founder and How to Start and Grow a Business in Bangladesh

A collection of founder interviews from archives where founders of Halda Valley, Inspira, ToguMogu, and Dorik talk about starting, building, running a startup, and actually enjoying it. 

Business Deep Dive

Shomvob's Opportunity

HR-tech and employment platform Shomvob announced a $1 million pre-seed financing round last week. Get a deeper look into what Shomvob is, its business, and opportunities for building solutions for the blue and silver-collar workforce in Bangladesh. 


The Tactical Guide to Culture Building

We all know that culture eats strategy for breakfast but there is little clear thinking around culture-building and scaling culture. Part of the challenge of thinking about culture-building is that it is often tacit knowledge. Learn how culture-building works in practice from organizations and leaders who have done it right in Bangladesh. 

Brand Story 

Ideas For Future-Proofing Bangladesh's Agriculture Sector Ahead of Next Budget 

Agriculture employs 40% of Bangladesh's workforce, contributing 13% to GDP, while supplying raw materials to industries, yet faces uneven budget allocations and challenges threatening productivity and sustainability, necessitating a transformative approach in the upcoming budget. We share a bunch of ideas for just doing that. 

Book Notes 

11 Lessons From Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

“Change is an inevitable part of life. And embracing change, rather than resisting it, is crucial for personal growth.” Read the review for more such nuggets of wisdom. 



Mental Strength in Judo, Mental Strength in Life

I read this brilliant article by Cedric Chin a long time ago and it has stuck with me ever since. I go back to it from time to time and re-read part of it. It is a true gem. Here is a highlight: 

“I would sit at my Airbnb dinner table and eat my oranges and write in my training log: “Sensei Oon said I have such-and-such a problem. Now what does it mean for me, outside of Judo?” I saw my weaknesses in Judo as reflective of my nature in business and in life. “Competition training is so hard,” I said, once, before a session, “It crushes you —” and my coach retorted: “Well, life is hard! Life will crush you! Better to learn who you are in competition training, rather than in life!” And that exchange has stuck with me.”

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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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