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September 7, 2021
ShopUp Raises $75 Million in New Funding, Eyes Expansion

ShopUp, a Dhaka-based B2B commerce startup digitizing neighborhood shops with an ecosystem of solutions from marketplace to logistics to capital, announced that it has raised $75 million in a Series B funding round. The round is led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and participated by new investor Prosus Ventures and existing investors Flourish Ventures, Sequoia […]

September 6, 2021
On Building a Mass Transportation Solution and Practical Fundraising Lessons for Founders with Reyasat Chowdhury, CEO, Shuttle

A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity to speak with Reyasat Chowdhury, the always excellent Co-founder and CEO of Shuttle. Below is the transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity.  The conversation is intellectually empowering in its entirety and we talk about the ecology of mass transportation, how mass transportation works, […]

September 3, 2021
Singapore-Based Accelerator VC Accelerating Asia Launches US$20 Million Fund ll

Following the success of Accelerating Asia Fund I, Accelerating Asia has now opened its US$20 million Accelerating Asia Fund II to a wider investor community.  Fund ll looks to bridge the market gap for pre-Series A investments in Southeast Asia & South Asia, the fastest-growing regions in the world, it will start to deploy capital in 2021.   […]

September 2, 2021
How Vroom is Building an End-to-End Platform for Vehicle Services in Bangladesh

Vehicle owners in Bangladesh, both individuals and companies, suffer from many maladies. Quality workshops are insufficient. Standardization is non-existent. Approximately 75% of car owners think workshops overcharge them and that repair quality is poor. Nearly as many owners find it difficult to visit a workshop to get regular car maintenance done. On-demand vehicle maintenance services […]

September 1, 2021
How to Change Your Life One Tiny Habit at a Time: My Lessons from Reading Atomic Habits by James Clear

We are often told that if we want to change our lives, we must think big and make drastic changes. This idea of change is not rooted in reality. It comes from our optimism-bias and innocent expectation that we should be able to change our lives all at once. Change, however, does not work like […]

August 31, 2021
Kludio Launches Incubator Program for Food Entrepreneurs Called Launchpad

Kludio, the Dhaka-based full-stack cloud kitchen startup, has launched an incubator program for food entrepreneurs in Bangladesh called Kludio Launchpad with a stated ambition to enable promising Bangladeshi food entrepreneurs to launch and expand their F&B business. The program is currently accepting applications from interested food entrepreneurs.  Details: Kludio Launchpad is an intensive 3-months incubation […]

August 31, 2021
On Growing Inspira, The Business of Consulting, and Venture Building with Muntasir Tahmeed, Managing Director, Inspira Advisory and Consulting Ltd

Muntasir Tahmeed is the co-founder and Managing Director of Inspira Advisory and Consulting Ltd, a Dhaka-based research and consulting firm that helps bi-lateral donors, UN agencies, and Nonprofits to design better-informed, data-driven interventions. Founded in 2015, Inspira has experienced excellent growth within a short period of time and has quickly become a leading player in […]

August 30, 2021
Protein Market Raises New Investment, Eyes Expansion

Protein Market, a Dhaka-based agrotech startup, announced that it has raised its first round of angel investment led by M Asif Rahman, founder of WPDeveloper and ARCom, and participated by Nazmul Hasan Rupok, Chief Executive Officer of WPDeveloper, Jahangir Alam, Co-Founder and COO of eFoli, and Md. Shahjahan, CEO of Auth Lab. The company did […]

August 29, 2021
How Brain Station 23 Continues to Expand Its International Partnerships Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brain Station 23, one of Bangladesh’s largest IT services firms, has grown as a team and expanded internationally over the last decade using its strength of an excellent IT talent pool and innovation culture. The company now looks to expand to more markets by using a global partnership strategy and expanding the scope of collaboration […]

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