India’s Aavishkaar Coming To Bangladesh

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

SD Asia earlier posted about Indian investor Aavishkaar’s keenness to invest in Bangladesh and other countries in Asian countries with high startup potential. SD Asia has been happy to be contacted by the Aavishkaar team recently and they have revealed that they are coming to Bangladesh in the last week of July 2015 and will stay till 06 August 2015…Read More

Lapse in Android Phone Coding Leads to Large Scale Exploitation

by Ishtiaqur Rahman

Banglalore in India Ranked World’s Top 15th Startup Ecosystem

by SD Asia Desk

Six Indonesian Startups That The World Needs To Know

by SD Asia Desk

Volkswagen Is Now The Worlds Largest Automaker

by Ishtiaqur Rahman

Startup Foody Raises Series C Funding

by Shuvo

Free Internet.Org Steps Into 2nd Year

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

News

Lapse in Android Phone Coding Leads to Large Scale Exploitation

by Ishtiaqur Rahman

A vulnerability in the android coding is allowing hackers to access your personal details using a single mms. So if you have received mms’s from your friends recently do not open them before asking your friend ife they have voluntarily sent it or not, chances are the mms might turn your phone into a leech.

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Volkswagen Is Now The Worlds Largest Automaker

by Ishtiaqur Rahman

According to the first quarter earnings of 2015, Volkswagon has become the largest automaker in the world, surpassing toyota. The company sold 5.04 million vehicles in the first six months of the year compared to toyotas 5.02 Million in the same six months.

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Startup Foody Raises Series C Funding

by Shuvo

Today, Vietnam-based startup Foody Corporation has announced that it has raised a Series C investment from US-based venture capital firm Tiger Global Management. Foody–founded in 2012, runs Foody.vn a gourmet search and user review site for restaurants. CEO and President Minh Dang said they will use this new funding to expand into Southeast Asian countries.

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Free Internet.Org Steps Into 2nd Year

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

Internet.org, Facebook’s free mobile internet service, has passed 1st anniversary and stepped into its 2nd year. Facebook said, the service has reached around 1 billion people around the world. The service is now being expanded to more mobile networks in more countries in the developing world.

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Cambly: An English-Learning App Focused On Real Conversation

by Tousif Alam

Cambly is a US-based startup with an English-learning app that’s quite different from most of the other language apps out there. Fire up Cambly and you’ll just see one big red button: “Practice English.” Push it, and you’ll be connected via video chat to a native English speaker.

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Malaysian Accelerator Program ‘Magic’ Kicks Off

by Farhan Haque

The Malaysian government-funded MaGIC Accelerator Program (MAP) has kicked off with an inaugural batch of 77 startups. Chosen from a pool of over 1,000 applications, MAP’s “Cohort 1” has 52 startups focusing on ASEAN and 25 social enterprises that will build their businesses to become investment-ready at the MaGIC campus in Cyberjaya over the next four months.

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Night Time Is Car Searching Time

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

Users of online marketplaces search for car sales adverts mostly at night. This has been revealed by Carmudi, a car selling ecommerce platform. From 5pm-12am, around 40% of users search for car adverts on the website. And around 55% users search for car adverts using the mobile app.

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India’s Jugnoo Acquires Taxi App

by Farhan Haque

India’s Jugnoo, an eight-month-old startup that has apps for both auto rickshaw rides and food delivery, announced the acquisition of three-year-old cab aggregator BookMyCab. The deal size is undisclosed. Jugnoo runs three apps – Jugnoo Autos, Jugnoo Meals, and Jugnoo Fatafat. Jugnoo is now on the road to battle giants like Uber and Ola.

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Japanese VC firm IMJ: Taking South-East Asian Startups To The Next Level

by Shuvo

Japan-based VC firm–IMJ Investment Partners, has taken the startup ecosystem in South-East Asia to the next level in the last two years. IMJ’s CEO Yuji Horiguchi’s initial investment strategy was to empower IPOs (initial public offerings) and M&As (mergers and acquisitions). Currently, IMJ’s main focus is to work with startups in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2: A Great Budget Smartphone

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

Recently launched Xiaomi Redmi 2 is a great smartphone. Priced at Taka 13700, it packs Android Kitkat, 4.7 inch display, 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM, 1.2 Ghz quad core processor, 8MP rear and 2MP front camera and 2200 mAh. The phone has received good amount of attention in South Asian countries like Bangladesh and India.

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India’s Pepperfry Grabs US$100M From Goldman Sachs And Others

by Farhan Haque

Pepperfry.com, a leading Indian online marketplace for furniture and home products has secured $100 million in a fresh round of funding. It will use the capital to expand its logistics footprint in tier III and IV cities by adding to its growing fleet of delivery vehicles. It will also open new distribution centres and expand its carpenter and assembly service…Read More

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‘redBus’ Now In Singapore And Malaysia

by Shuvo

Indian online travel services group ibibo has launched redBus in Singapore and Malaysia. redBus is India’s largest online bus ticketing platform. Since its launch in 2013, the platform has grown by 80%, has increased its market share to 75% in India, and now registers 40% of its transactions on mobile. Now, Malaysian and Singaporeans can reserve their bus seats through www.redbus.sg.

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Silicon Valley Slips In Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking

by Shuvo

According the global startup ecosystem (GSE) report from Compass (San Francisco), Silicon Valley is growing at 47% rate over the last two years but other ecosystems are growing at a much faster pace–lowering Silicon Valley’s ranking in the GSE rating. According to the report, VC investment rose 95% between 2013-14 and Southeast Asia has gained the larger share.

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Lava Pixel V1 Now Officially Released

by Tousif Alam

Newly released Lava Pixel V1’s specifications match up with yesterday’s leaks including Android 5.1 Lollipop system, 5.5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 13 MP rear camera images (software-enhanced 8 MP sensor)8 MP front camera images (software-enhanced 5 MP sensor) and a quad-core processor. For long lasting use it has 2650 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

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RAID Keeps Your Startup Data Safe

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a way to store startup data. RAID uses servers which contain multiple hard drives where data is stored and duplicated across those different drives. RAID is the safest method of data storage but it is also quite a complex system to maintain.

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Startup Zoctr: Providing Heath Care Online

by Shuvo

Zoctr, an India-based startup which allows users to  buy health-related services and home-based wellness packages online, has secured $1 million in funding from SPA Capital Group and Organic Wellness’. Zoctr provides home-based medical services, including long-term intensive care, chronic care, and health check-up. CEO Nidhi Saxena plans to use the raised funds to expand services into Delhi.

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Cox’s Bazar Airport Upgradation Project Cost Rises 300%

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

The project cost of Cox’s Bazar Airport upgradation has been raised 300% from the original estimate. Officials said the delay in execution has resulted in the unusual hike in the cost of the airport upgradation project and addition of three and a half years more time for completing the works.

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Square Reportedly Files For IPO

by Farhan Haque

Square has reportedly filed for an IPO. The mobile-payments company, founded by Twitter’s interim CEO Jack Dorsey, did so confidentially. In May, Square started raising more money for small business loans. Square processed $30 billion in payments last year.

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Bangladesh National Board of Revenue (NBR) Losses Tk 22b

by Shuvo

Following the opposition from local organizations, Finance Minster AMA Muhith had to amend the proposed tax rates on TAS export bill and AIT import of essential commodities bills. Parliament has lowered the tax on export to 0.6% and removed the proposed tax rate of 2.0% on essential products. Due to these changes, NBR is going to earn Tk 22b less.

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Mixpanel Unveils Codeless Mobile Analytics

by Farhan Haque

Mixpanel unveiled a new feature that will make it easier for mobile businesses to customise the company’s analytics tools without writing any additional code. Now with the company’s Codeless Mobile Analytics, customers can use a point-and-click interface to identify the interactions that they want to track in their Android or iOS app.

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Nestaway Raises $12 Million Funding

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

Nestaway Technologies Pvt Ltd, from Bangalore, India, is an online platform for finding shared accommodation. Recently, the platform raised $12 million funding from Flipkart and investor Tiger Global. With the new funds, it plans to expand to other Indian cities such as Pune and Gurgaon.

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Philips Expanding Business In Bangladesh

by Tousif Alam

Philips announced they will expand business into Bangladesh by launching new products focused on personal health. They are hoping to establish a strong retail footprint for products and are offering these in more than 1,000 touch-points, including traditional and modern retail, in all major cities. Already they have launched around 50-60 items in six separate categories.

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Payra Port Might Get Development From India

by Farhan Haque

India Government has set its eyes on developing the Payra port in Bangladesh. Over $3 billion investment would be required for the port project. It has potential to be developed into a deep-water port handling large vessels. The perennial slit from the local rivers is a cause of worry.

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Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam Dies at 84

by Shuvo

Yesterday (6.30pm)–Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam has died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Shillong. He was rushed to Bethany Hospital right after he collapsed on the stage while  giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong. His body will be flown to New Delhi via Guwahati this morning. He was in office from  2002-2007.

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Asian Shares Drop

by Farhan Haque

Asian shares began the week with losses in Wall Street and worries over China. Investors brace for a Federal Reserve meeting that might take a step toward lifting US interest rates. Japan’s Nikkei slipped more than 1 per cent; MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 1.4 per cent; China’s CSI300 fell 3 per cent; Australian shares edged…Read More

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Startup

Banglalore in India Ranked World’s Top 15th Startup Ecosystem

by SD Asia Desk

Originally published on Tech In Asia US-based Compass, formerly known as Startup Genome, has rated the world’s top tech hubs on five counts: funding, market reach, talent, experience, and performance of startups. Overall, Bangalore came 15th in its latest ranking of ecosystems – up four places from Startup Genome’s last global ecosystem ranking in 2012. With US$2.25 billion in funding…Read More

Six Indonesian Startups That The World Needs To Know

by SD Asia Desk

Originally published on Daily Social Do you know about the startup eco-system in Indonesia? What are the companies that are revolutionising this space? Here is a list of six startups that are both exciting and good for an investor as well as an entrepreneur. They have a unique product, and a good chance to grow outside the Indonesian market. Bornevia…Read More

27 Asian Startups That Caught Our Eye

by SD Asia Desk

Originally published in Tech In Asia. 1. Sleepace | China (Techlist Profile) Chinese hardware startup Sleepace is a maker of a gadget that monitors people’s sleep. An alternative to a tracker wristband, the company’s sole device right now is RestOn, which lies across the width of a bed in order to monitor a user’s sleep cycles, movements, respiratory rate, and…Read More

Madchef: The Cart That Ran

by SD Asia Desk

By Eradul Kabir, Sub Editor, Riddle Scribble With the growing number of food carts in the streets and sidewalks of Dhaka city threatening the likelihood of healthy food, the least we hope for is the preservation of good taste, gastronomic and otherwise. Madchef, the restaurant, is good taste and more. From the moment you walk up the narrow staircase and…Read More

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Business

India’s Aavishkaar Coming To Bangladesh

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

SD Asia earlier posted about Indian investor Aavishkaar’s keenness to invest in Bangladesh and other countries in Asian countries with high startup potential. SD Asia has been happy to be contacted by the Aavishkaar team recently and they have revealed that they are coming to Bangladesh in the last week of July 2015 and will stay till 06 August 2015…Read More

Getting Into The World of Bikroy.com

by SD Asia Desk

By Abdullah Al Muhsi, Writer, Riddle Scribble Bikroy.com, the largest classified advertisements website, now ranks next to Facebook and Google in Bangladesh. Launched in 2012, Bikroy.com has dedicated itself to both forms of advertisement: private and business. Recently, SDAsia had to chance to talk to Misha Ali, marketing director at Bikroy.com. Misha Ali has background in digital marketing from various startups…Read More

Asian Tech Start-Ups Quietly Earn Backing

by SD Asia Desk

Originally published in The New York Times The rise of a mobile software company from nothing to a $1 billion valuation in just over a year from its first product release would typically draw rapt attention, and jealousy, inside Silicon Valley. Yet the Apus Group, one company with such a stratospheric rise, is largely unknown in Silicon Valley. That is…Read More

Telenor Youth Forum 2015 in Oslo, Norway: Apply Now!

by SD Asia Desk

Originally published on Techjuice.pk Telenor Youth Forum 2015 formerly known as Telenor Youth Summit is now accepting applications for their forum 2015 which will commence at Oslo, Norway at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. The main idea behind this youth-centric forum is to gather champions under a banner who are passionate, opinion leaders and want to influence the future…Read More

Job Posts

Job Description / Responsibility Monitor infrastructure of Internet Gateway & Data center using several monitoring tools Database maintenance of Banglalink Data center & PS Core network Data center KPI monitoring, reporting & Service benchmarking Analysis statistical Data for PS Core nodes & Internet Gateway Department/ Division/ Job Location: Technology/ Planning/ Dhaka Job Nature Full-time Educational Requirements B.Sc. in Telecommunication Or…Read More

No. of Vacancies: 1 Job Description/ Responsibility: Design and develop dynamic web applications, websites, social media contents and Software UI. Design & develop ineteractive dynamic e-commerce website Responsible for search engine optimization and social media integration Must have knowledge in website templates design Good knowledge & expertise  in CMS ( joomla&wordpress ) 5 years experience in building dynamic web applications,web…Read More

No. of  Vacancies: 02 Job Description / Responsibility create, maintain and improve websites find, create and install tools to create web content and check for consistency develop and enforce the website style and interact with graphic artists make the website as easy as possible to navigate set up and maintain web servers make sure that standards are maintained so that…Read More

Aamra is an amalgamation of businesses focused towards catalyzing the modernisation of Bangladesh by providing technology driven solutions to their clients in various market segments. aamra recognizes the up-to-date idea that Bangladeshi business companies need to apply in effective systems integration. Our corporate functions strive to provide all our customers with customized and integrated technology-based solutions that enables them to…Read More

Gadgets

5 Most Popular iOS Apps

by SD Asia Desk

By Wasi Abdullah, Contributing writer and coordinator, Riddle Scribble   Asana Do you have a lot of to-do-work? Can’t manage those tight schedules? The Asana web, the new and improved iPhone app, is just the app for you. It can serve as a great and invaluable tool to get work done. It’s effective for assignments and projects as well. You…Read More

Oculus Rift For Exotic Travel

by Rageeb Kibria

Virtual reality is the new bandwagon everyone is jumping on. It’s surreal and it’s the future. Luxury hotel chain Marriott has just launched a new self-described “4-D” experience called Travel Brilliantly. It’s a combination of the Oculus Rift VR headset with real-world stimuli like wind guests and gentle heat. Now the simulation is aimed towards virtualizing exotic travel just from a booth right outside…Read More

Rock n Roll Gets Its Own Marshall Smartphone

by Rageeb Kibria

Marshall, the world’s pioneer of musical equipment has been busy building the sexiest Rock n roll smartphone you could hope for called The London. It’s a classic blend of style and power with a traditional rock n roll look with texture of one of its classic guitar amps.  The specs are pretty traditional with  a 4.7-inch, 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB…Read More

SDAsia Exclusive: Video Broadcasting Made Easy And Fun With Yaksee

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

Yaksee is a newly launched live video broadcasting app made by American-Bangladesh Shah Talukder, also a Silicon Valley veteran. The app was recently launched as a beta version in Dhaka where it earned applause from all those who were present to witness a hands-on preview of the app. What makes Yaksee stand out is the level of interactivity it provides,…Read More

Advice

Enhancing Team Performance Is Crucial For Success

by SD Asia Desk

By Tahmid Sadman   Teams are pivotal cogs in the organizational machine. They represent the inextricable segment which forms a vital base not only for the organization but, in an indirect sense, for the other stakeholders as well. In the context of strategy setting, decision making and execution, teams provide the leeway for traction and flexibility. The presence of such…Read More

The Most Trendiest Men’s Fashion Items In Town

by Rageeb Kibria

“Everyone has a best feature, so find clothes and accessories to accentuate those.”- Tim Gunn. A good attire can either make or break the first impression you make. It never hurts to have that extra boost of confidence when you’re dressed well and you feel good. Whether it’s a business meeting, or a friendly coffee chat or a big date, dressing…Read More

You Need To Go Beyond Business Plans To Wow Silicon Valley Investor

by Sharif Ahmad Shabbir

Dave McClure, one of the founding members of 500 Startups headquartered in Silicon Valley, personally is never impressed with business plans which are so much widespread these days that mediocrity has set in. The venture capitalist and angel investor experienced in companies like Facebook and Paypal has a knack for focusing on emerging markets. Recently in an interview with renowned…Read More

Managerial Bubble Problem? Get Rid Of It Now!

by SD Asia Desk

By Tahmid Sadman Big organizations are likely to have a convoluted hierarchical structure. With that comes an impressive head count. This may result in power struggles, complacency, a negative aura in the workplace, sprouting of unethical activities, incompetency, along with a flurry of untoward incidents. In other words, a managerial bubble may come to the fore and when it bursts,…Read More

Upcoming Event

Event Time :

Aug 24, 2015 9:00 am

A week-long internet festival titled ‘Bangladesh Internet Week’ will be held across the country in August. Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) and cell phone operator Grameenphone (GP) will jointly organize the festival. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at GP office in city’s Bashundhara area to this effect. BASIS executive director Sami Ahmed and GP chief…Read More

Event Time :

Jun 15, 2015 12:00 am

The ICT Division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunication & Information Technology, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh & Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS), the national ICT industry association of Bangladesh are going to organize an ICT exhibition named `BANGLADESH ICT EXPO 2015’. The expo will be held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka during June 15-17, 2015. The theme “Meet New…Read More

Event Time :

Jun 5, 2015 9:00 am

Location:

Daffodil International University, Savar Upazila, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh, 23.87723, 90.32057399999997

SBEP is a Social Business Exposure Program which aims to teach students about the Yunus Social Business concept. SBEP is a program where participants can learn social business and Bangladeshi rural life style. The program includes Social Business Design Lab, Fieldwork, Campfire and Baul song composition. it’s a platform to discover yourself and bootstrap your creative potential. Registration fee: 1000…Read More

Event Time :

May 28, 2015 1:30 pm

Location:

MIDAS Financing Limited, Road No. 16, Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh, 23.75573, 90.37471900000003

Want to get the coolest updates from Google? Get ready for the Google I/O this year and take part from Dhaka! I/O (Input/Output) is an annual software developer focused conference held by Google in San Francisco, California. Google I/O 2015 Extended Dhaka event will include live streaming sessions from/to San Francisco, exchange local/global business ideas, local developer prototype demonstrations, key-note…Read More