Week In Review: SD Asia’s Top 5 Articles From Last Week

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Without further delay, here are our top 5 articles from last week:

1.India’s Aavishkaar Prepares US$75 Million Funding For Bangladesh & Other Countries


India-based venture capital firm Aavishkaar, plans to bring US$75 million of funding to four countries with highest startup growth—Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Aavishkaar’s Senior Investment Manager Adi Sudewa said: Aavishkaar Frontier Fund (AFF) will be focused in farming, health, education, water and sanitation, and renewable energy sector. The company is already looking into startups like MeetDoctor, UDoctor, and KlikDokter.


2.NewsCred: A Winning Bangladeshi Startup in USA


NewsCred, a content provider company, was founded by 3 Bangladeshis: Shafqat Islam, Iraj Islam and Asif Rahman. The business started its operation from Bananai, but now NewsCred is operated from its New York headquarters. The company helps business brands–tell their stories to customers in the form of the best quality content, it also does a whole extensive range of content marketing on behalf of those brands. NewsCred clinets include Proctor & Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sprint, Xerox, Visa, Bank of America, AIG, The Hearst Corporation, and Time Inc. NewCred’s inspirational story has shown: it’s possible to take a Bangladeshi startup business to a global level.


3.YakSee: The Next Big Thing After YouTube?


Bangladeshi American Mr. Shah Talukder, the founder and General Manager of Cisco’s Safety and Security Systems Business Unit, launched an app called YakSee, which allows its users to program their own interactive broadcasting station. Developers claim that YakSee is better than any other app in the market (Google Hangouts, Skype, Viber, or Whatsapp) in terms of server capacity. Mr. Talukder launched the app here because he believes Bangladesh can benefit the most from this invention—especially in the education sector. During the launching campaign of YakSee, Mr. Talukder talked about the challenges startups face in Bangladesh, in-terms of legal structure to protect intellectual properties.


4.Top E-Commerce Trends in Bangladesh [Infographic]


Kaymu, the leading Bangladeshi e-commerce platform, has put together a comprehensive report on modern day e-commerce trends in Bangladesh. The report is based on geo-targeted trends across Bangladesh that provides an in-depth analysis of the overall trends prevailing in the present e-commerce community of the country. The report can be used by startup entrepreneurs as an informative source that will give them a better idea of the country’s e-commerce scene and how they can better align their businesses to meet consumer needs.


5.Two Business Greats of Bangladesh Deceased

Left: Amjad Khan Chowdhury; Right: Syed Humayun Kabir

Amjad Khan Chowdhury, the founder and CEO of PRAN-RFL Group, has died on 8th July, 2015, at the age of 76, around 7.15 pm Bangladesh time, at the Duke Medical Hospital in North Carolina, USA. Mr. Chowdhury was suffering from high diabetes and heart diseases. He will be laid to rest at Dhaka’s military graveyard. Throughout his glittering career, Mr. Chowdhury worked with various Real Estate/Housing Association of Bangladesh and trade organizations.

Earlier, Syed Humayun Kabir, chairman of Renata Ltd. and founder of Sajida Foundation, passed away on 7thJuly 2015 at Apollo Hospitals in Dhaka at around 6.36pm local time. He was 83. He has been buried Banani Graveyard. Mr. Kabir served as chairman and president of the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and American-Bangladesh Economic Forum.

We sincerely pray for the eternal peace of the departed souls.