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FINANCING: A TOUGH NUT TO CRACK FOR BANGLADESHI STARTUPS

When Wasim Habib, Chaldal co-founder and CEO travelled to China for funding in 2016, it seemed liked he was going the wrong way. At the time, fundraising journeys almost always pointed the entrepreneurs West – he headed East. “The decision took many by surprise,” recalled Habib, who himself has long experience

BUDGET 2018-19: HIGH PROMISES, UNCLEAR GOALS

Pre-election budget is about understanding the political economy and delivering a sharp messageFinance Minister AbulMaal Abdul Muhith apparently dipped into his party’s electoral playbook to design the Tk 4,64,573 crore national budget for FY2018-19. The 84-year-old minister who stood at the front row in Parliament on June 7 for a

WHAT BUDGETARY MEASURES WE HAVE FOR “DIGITAL BANGLADESH” THIS YEAR?

National budget in each year opens the book for the aspiring IT entrepreneurs and make them to calculate what they are going to get and lose. While these calculations become tricky sometimes because of some budgetary measures which at best can be termed as ‘vague’ and ‘counter-intuitive,’ it forces the

BANGABANDHU-1:USHERING INTO OUR ‘OWN SPACE AGE’

On May 12, Bangladesh’s space age has dawned with the successful launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite by SpaceX into orbit. An anticipated and arguably the most significant incident in the country’s ICT sector, the launching of BS-1 was earlier deterred on a number of occasions, fueling skepticism and speculation among common people. Getting

HISTORY OF COMMUNICATION SATELLITES – TIMELINE & MAJOR EVENTS

This article chronicles the key advances that shaped the history of communication satellites. Each one of these events took us a step closer to today when we have more than a thousand satellites in orbit. You don’t have to remember all of these developments. Just notice the gradual technological progression

SWIPE, DRAG, BREAD N’ ROLL – THE ON-DEMAND MEAL DELIVERY INDUSTRY: WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT’S NOT, FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Textile industry professional Ahmad AD and his friends often found themselves sitting together for meetings, as most professionals do. The decision making and the brainstorming felt incomplete without food at those sessions. Ahmad felt that easy access to food, in meetings or elsewhere, matters to them significantly and he thought

GETTING A GRASP OF THE ‘H’S AND ‘W’S OF THE FOOD DELIVERY BUSINESS

With more families supported by working parents and younger, single people favoring convenience above all else, cooking after “long day” isn’t exactly the option urbanites prefer these days. Banking on that, two things have happened: restaurants have mushroomed and food delivery services—an age old system but re-packaged with a crunch of

QR CODE PAYMENT: MONEY IN BLACK AND WHITE DOTS

The Chinese people can easily make you feel foreign, if not alienated. I realized that well enough during my visit to the Chinese industrial city Guangzhou last year. While I was carrying Yuan—the Chinese currency—and was struggling to communicate with vendors, shopkeepers and restaurateurs in making payments, people around me were

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