• Friday, August 29, 2014

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Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Kids. You can't make them understand the gravity of a situation without threatening them with the boogie monster, or worse, the prospect of cartoons being banned at dinnertime. We never really grow out of it, and hands on parenting can take increasingly repressive measures to ensure the best for their child as they...

By all means, please fail

By all means, please fail

Ever wondered about what kept your idol going and eventually reach the height that they did? What sparked their drive to achieve greatness? Something that everyone will agree on is that anyone who has gone on to achieve 'greatness' has the will power to accomplish the things that they did. However, there is...

10 famous people who failed at first

10 famous people who failed at first

Henry Ford While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn't an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five time before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.           Jan Koum Jan Koum was turned down by Facebook in 2009. Today he runs the...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Harness the power of LinkedIn

Harness the power of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded by Reid Hoffman in 2002. This site is available in 20 languages and is used in almost 200 countries all over the world. It is the most used professional networking site in the world. Ahmed Abdullah is working as an accountant at McKesson Corporation in USA....

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Productivity unwired

Productivity unwired

CamScanner CamScanner is a free app that scans documents onto your phone. Instead of taking a picture with your phone, CamScanner optimizes the photo to ensure text and graphics are clear and sharp with the highest resolution. The app gives you the option to scan a single picture or graph, or scan a whole...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

On 19 August, 2014 Professor Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute and Jorge Lemann Professor of Harvard Business School, delivered a talk headlined “Developing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Emerging Economies”. The talk was given at BRAC Centre, Mohakhali, to an audience of renowned Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, academics and corporate managers.  The...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Caution: Women at work

Caution: Women at work

We've all heard about the glass ceiling and the failed sexual harassment court cases. But what truly stands in the way between your miserable entry-level paycheck and that one gratifying step up the ladder? We asked around and turns out,real women hardly see the challenges in black and white.   Today more than ever,...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
The real deal with high heels

The real deal with high heels

Although the Carrie Bradshaw's and Kate Beckett's of television reality would have us believe that your average fashion-conscious working woman wears nothing under a six-inch heel, most of us probably know better. And if you don't, it's about time you wake up from your misled Tinseltown stiletto fantasies. Unless you're willing to dish...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Global People Paradigm

Global People Paradigm

  With a view to help the young generation of the country face the challenges of the global job market of the 21st century, the Career Development Center of Daffodil International University organized an exclusive international training workshop on “Global People Paradigm – Shifting the frontier of people management” on August 14, 2014 in...

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Cubicle dramarama

Cubicle dramarama

Whether your company is an early-stage start-up or a huge corporation, you've surely run into an employee who drives you batty. Here's a look at 10 of the most irritating workplace characters--along with some advice on how to get them back on track.   The undecider He takes days to make a decision and then, after it's made, revisits it. Then revisits it again. Then, when things fall apart and he is held responsible for his indecision, he becomes indignant or evasive. "It's not MY fault!" How to cope: Establish a deadline where the decision must be final, and a default decision that will hold true if no decision is made. When the...

Stumped

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Silly interview questions and what they really mean

What is your greatest flaw? Why it's silly: Who in their right mind would give an honest answer to this question? Reveal your flaws to the person who's got your future in the palm of their hands? No thank you. In response to questions like this, we tend to conjure up answers that don't give a completely negative impression, such as “My time management could do with a bit more work. I put in extra hours, even at home.”     What...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
The great escape

The great escape

There are people amongst us who literally fear the idea of taking a real vacation. They would rather keep working on and on and on.  Your atypical workaholic finds a certain delight in working himself like a dog, over several months and sometimes even years. Needless to say there is a flip side of this coin. Maybe you worry you'll fall off the wagon and out of line from all your responsibilities. Maybe you just feel better keeping busy. We're all acquainted the hackneyed proverb, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' But this is actually what happens to those amongst us who don't take time...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it

Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it

If you're a chronic night owl and a serial over-sleeper like me, the upcoming vacations seem like the perfect opportunity to clock in some extra (read: excess) z's. As for the white collars and nine-to-fivers of the world, it's time to swap your oxfords and ties for something more comfortable. Whoever you are, it's easy to forget everything you've learnt about control the past month and slip into a coma of binge-eating and mindless self-indulgence. So before it's too late and your mind and body start to fail you, try to take an active stance against your inner sloth and inner glutton. Beat the pre-holiday slump Once it's officially Eid holiday,...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
ECOSOC Youth Forum

ECOSOC Youth Forum

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations organized “#Youth2015: Realizing the future they want” on 2nd and 3rd June 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. After a competitive selection process, two Bangladeshis, Kashfia Nehrin and I, Nabeera Rahman were selected to attend the prestigious Youth Forum. The forum featured...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Socially awkward blues

Socially awkward blues

As a kid, I used to have panic attacks when dealing with adults other than my parents. A simple greeting from a relative, be it an aunt I see regularly or a distant uncle, would send a shockwave through the language center of my brain, upending all the appropriated, appropriate string of words and phrases which would give someone the idea that I was a normal, functioning human being. Resorting to vague shrugs and mumbled words, getting a point across clearly and concisely seemed to be an unnaturally difficult task for me. Writing was one of the only ways I could express myself properly. I could inject the slight...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
How socially awkward are you?

How socially awkward are you?

1. It's time to leave a party. A. Give the entire room a wave and a strident “Bye everyone.” B. Seek out the people you know best, say goodbye to them, and make plans to meet up again. C. Mumble a few halfhearted farewells before m,aking for the door. D. Slope off without saying a word to anyone, thereby avoiding any hug/handshake awkwardness. 2. You find yourself sharing a lift with a work colleague you don't know very well. A. Inquire enthusiastically about their life outside work. B. Engage in chitchat about the weather. C. Stare at the floor. Maintain absolute silence at all costs. D. Accidentally break wind. Rehearse the incident obsessively in your mind for the...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Shake it off

Shake it off

A couple of issues back, we talked about annoying traits in co-workers these days, and it would be unfair not discuss how to deal with such people. Take a read to know the 4 S of tackling your brain-boiling colleagues. 1. Smile Some people bug intentionally, some people bug unintentionally. Some do it once a...

Youth and social business

Published Date: July 11, 2014
The next big thing

The next big thing

The summit was divided in four major parts - the keynote speech, the first and second panel discussions, and the innovation session. The morning started at the registration booths, where hundreds of youngsters gathered to register for the summit from different universities and organisations. The summit began with the opening speech by SBYN's...

Published Date: July 11, 2014
The working man's Ramadan

The working man's Ramadan

For students and professionals alike Ramadan is a trying time. A time of extremes; numerous transitions from being hungry and tired to feeling full and lethargic, grip almost everyone. This leads to periods where even writing a simple article such as this turns out to be a massive chore. Working at the office...

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Road to journalism

Road to journalism

As I sit in complete awe of this particular Chief International Correspondent, at least a hundred questions fly through my head: Will I be able to match up to her one day? Am I making the right decision? Will I even survive? Then I slap myself out of my thoughts and focus: She...

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Rebranding the biggest online market in Bangladesh

Rebranding the biggest online market in Bangladesh

Why did you go after this particular new name? When you go to buy and sell in a classified ads site, location is the most important thing. Nearness is a must for any business transaction. When you enter our site you see a map of Bangladesh. From there, you select your location and then...

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Social Business Youth Summit held

Social Business Youth Summit held

“Yunus Centre” and “Social Business Youth Network- SBYN” held Social Business Youth Summit on July 2nd. They also announced the winners of Social Business Champ 2014, a social business plan competition designed for university level students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and creativity to generate solutions for pressing social problems in a business...

Published Date: June 27, 2014
The future of education

The future of education

In Bangladesh, with the sheer number of universities sprouting in every street corner like mushrooms, the average quality of university education is, arguably, dipping. Even in reputed universities, it is all a matter of luck depending on how good your teacher is and how ardent a student you are to ensure the quality...

Published Date: June 27, 2014
The machines are taking over

The machines are taking over

The job market is now a competitive and unforgiving place and often times finding a job is harder than counting all the stripes on a zebra. A quick and easy step is to dissect the education budget tabled by the minister is to gauge the direction in which the economy is being taken...

Bangladesh StartUp Cup

Published Date: June 27, 2014
The best will last

The best will last

After 3 months of grueling training and business building, top 15 startups are now fighting for investments from guest US investors and  the right to go to the next stage of the 2014 Bangladesh StartUp Cup 2014.  Five seasoned mentors, five hard-nut judges and five guest investors from the US are all geared...

Published Date: June 20, 2014
Dhaka startups Not all hype

Dhaka startups Not all hype

There has been substantial media coverage of late to do with the emerging technology startup scene and digital media in Dhaka. Members of this community have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for activities ranging from networking events, training sessions, and pitch contests all the way to the production of a full-length documentary...

EVENT REVIEW

Published Date: June 20, 2014
GBG Sonargaon presents “Building a successful online presence”

GBG Sonargaon presents “Building a successful online presence”

GBG Sonargaon along with partners Artis and British Council hosted a workshop on the use of digital and social media to build a business and help foster growth for young entrepreneurs. Held at the campus of United International University (UIU) in Dhanmondi, it consisted of a series of seminars on various issues ranging...

To approach or not to approach

Published Date: June 13, 2014
How to be a social skydiver

How to be a social skydiver

“Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers in the right order, so you can have anything you want.” - Brian Tracy In any given time in our lives, it is a truth acknowledged by everyone, either openly or privately, that we have had issues approaching other people. Even...

Published Date: June 13, 2014
The woes of the working introvert

The woes of the working introvert

Fahad, 24 is a marketing executive for a local advertisement firm and his job includes interacting with and talking to people almost around the clock. He admits that he is not thrilled about his career choice because he considers himself an introvert. Please note, introvert does not mean he is shy. In fact,...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
The promising world of startups

The promising world of startups

Startup Dhaka along with U.S State Department and CRDF Global held an intensive 3-day bootcamp and demo day, to give startups get that winning edge they need to grow as an organization and as a team. The GIST initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in countries across the Middle East, Turkey, Asia and Africa by identifying,...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
Relationship advice from Jim Bagnola

Relationship advice from Jim Bagnola

 

Published Date: May 30, 2014
Your roadmap to a brilliant startup

Your roadmap to a brilliant startup

What's a business model? How does it relate to a business plan? Or, better yet, business planning? They live together. They synchronize. Your business planning makes your business model happen. And your business plan is a regular step in your business planning. It isn't business plan vs. business model, the way some people...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
A tech hub for beautiful young minds

A tech hub for beautiful young minds

The winning idea Buckets Engineer is a computer-aided platform that hosts apps designed to develop skills in autistic children. This tool will be used by therapists, parents and teachers, who will be provided a list of apps catering to a child's needs.  All apps will follow a unified scoring system that track the child's...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
Startup tip: on funding

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don't want to run out of gas on your trip, but you're not doing a tour of gas stations.” -Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media founder and CEO

Grameenphone Demo Day:

Published Date: May 23, 2014
Tapping into our techie potential

Tapping into our techie potential

Startup Dhaka along with Grameenphone organized the Grameenphone Demo Day inside the vast auditorium of GP House, on May 12. The event showcased twelve tech savvy startup companies in front of successful entrepreneurs, companies and top management executives from Grameenphone. The program kicked off with welcome note from Zakia Zerin, Grameenphone's Head of Social...

Published Date: May 23, 2014
Tailoring a career in retail

Tailoring a career in retail

Sabbir Hasan Nasir is considered as a guru in the field of brand, retail, sales, strategy and marketing. This BUET educated engineer with an MBA from IBA, DU worked in various multinational and local companies including Bata, TetraPak, Golfrate, Otobi etc. At present he is serving as the Executive Director of ACI Logistics...

Published Date: May 23, 2014
Bangladeshi businesses promised double survival chance

Bangladeshi businesses promised double survival chance

Bangladesh StartUp Cup Boot Camp 2014 held Bangladesh Startup Cup kicked-off at MIDAS, EMK Center, Dhanmondi 27 from 15-17 of May, 2014. The event consisted of 100 founders, 20 resident mentors, 15 judges, 25 organizers along with several well wishers. The event was organized to build an ecosystem of startups, mentors and coaches of...

Published Date: May 23, 2014
Upcoming Events

Topic: Startup Boot Camp Date:  May 22 to 24, 2014 Venue: Westin Hotel, Gulshan For more information http://bootcamp.startupdhaka.org

Published Date: May 16, 2014
Happiness in the workplace

Happiness in the workplace

  Happiness is directly tied to productivity, therefore it is more important than given credit for. A rational man is less likely to leave a happy workplace for a hostile one even If it pays more. But the job of ensuring a happy work environment cannot entirely belong to the employer - it should be a collective effort from each and every member of the organization. Happiness is a crucial motivator, and one needs to utilize several factors to foster ideal circumstances to build a comfortable environment. So here is how it's done.   Look sharp A bit of grooming never really hurt anyone. The better you dress, the fresher you look and...

Published Date: May 16, 2014
The word is annoying!

The word is annoying!

Let's face it. We all have coworkers that we've wanted to slap at one point of work. In fact, some of them are so utterly and repeatedly annoying that they make us want to slap them every single day. So here is Next Step's top ten most annoying coworker traits. 1.Stares over your shoulder...

Published Date: May 16, 2014
What's your big idea

What's your big idea

Shetu (www.shetu.org/) will be holding a 16-week mentorship program for entrepreneurs pitching business ideas, called “Pitch2Win” (http://www.shetu.org/pitch2win.html). The workshops will end in a pitching competition where participants can win up to 50,000 BDT in seed money to help their entrepreneurial dreams come true. For an aspiring entrepreneur it is critical to have the answer to “what do you do?” perfected to a science. “Pitch2Win” will help you do exactly that. This series of hands-on workshops will be run by mentors who have previously pitched locally and internationally with extensive experience in business idea development. Last day to register is May 30, 2014.

Published Date: May 9, 2014
Dealing with multiple bosses

Dealing with multiple bosses

As businesses become more complex and departments merge, it's increasingly common for employees to work with more than one manager at a time. While this is likelier to happen in bigger organizations, it is just as common in start-ups and family-owned businesses. In a family-owned business, the structure of authority is often shadowy...

Published Date: May 9, 2014
Eat you alive

Eat you alive

1. You're an under-appreciated underling. Try asking for feedback if you're getting neither constructive criticism nor recognition from your boss: “What am I doing well and what could I better?” And don't underestimate the power of compliments; warm up to your cold-hearted superior - make him feel comfortable and confident praising you. 2. Your boss...

Published Date: May 9, 2014
No chance of lemons

No chance of lemons

The used car sales business is huge worldwide. In the global list of emerging markets for automobiles, China is still at the top, while the Indian subcontinent promises to be the next region to receive an influx of private four wheeled transport. It's a good time to be in the car business and be located in Dhaka, and a customary look through the classifieds sites will yield proof of that. Yes, the tax structure for automobiles in Bangladesh is steep and discourages import of cars into the country, but it's still a thriving business for reconditioned car importers. Moreover, the used cars business is also on the rise, as a...

Published Date: April 25, 2014
Up close and personal with Naripokkho

Up close and personal with Naripokkho

Naripokkho is one of the earliest women's activist organizations in the country, with a legacy of 30 years now. Mrs. Shireen Huq has been with Naripokkho since its conception, and as we talked about the organization and its challenges, perks and quirks, she laughed, made snide remarks, expressed concern and rage and even...

Published Date: April 25, 2014
Don't Settle!

Activism may be your full-time job, passion or career, but try to move as far up the hierarchy as possible. Aim for a higher degree because it will open more doors for your movement.

Published Date: April 25, 2014
16 questions before you launch

16 questions before you launch

 

Published Date: April 16, 2014
Why it’s hard to go pro

Why it’s hard to go pro

Society Society will always object to every little new and unconventional thing you want to attempt at first. But when society has something to gain from you, it's very easy to forget all about the “No please. Just don't” phase. Apart from parental or religious issues, something faced by all musicians looking to go...

Published Date: April 16, 2014
Find Your Creative Passion

Find Your Creative Passion

People everywhere believe that being creative is simply about being art smart or a musical genius. However, every single one of us has a special skill, talent that makes him or  her shine or a special creative strength. You have to find and emphasize these talents in order to make the most out...

Published Date: April 16, 2014
Your workplace and you

Your workplace and you

For new companies, an office can be anywhere from the public library, to a co-working space, or a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi. The office makes a major contribution towards the establishment of the workplace culture. Interior design and technology can stimulate worker morale and productivity while the layout of the workplace can...

Published Date: April 9, 2014
Facebook: The Business Launchpad

Facebook: The Business Launchpad

Facebook is no longer just a social networking site. It has risen, expanded and extended its grasp into our lives from every possible angle. Not only has Facebook's role been to simply connect people to their nearest and dearest, but also to provide a platform for artists, politicians, leaders, causes, concerns and businesses....

Published Date: April 9, 2014
How to Make Plans for Your Start-Up

How to Make Plans for Your Start-Up

If you are interested in starting your own business, having an idea which suits your passions, goals, strengths, and resources is very important. However, translating your ideas for business into a successful, workable enterprise can be harder than it seems. Sketch Out the Angles Evaluate your opportunity from every point of view possible - in an objective, in-depth, analytical way. Look at things from the perspective of a client, an employee, even as an investor. What do these people need? How big is the opportunity? Is the timing right? What will it take to execute? Is the payoff worth the risk? What is the business model? Thinking up even a rough...

Published Date: April 9, 2014
The Do's and Don'ts of Digital Marketing

The Do's and Don'ts of Digital Marketing

Nowadays people use Facebook as a search engine for almost anything. Twitter is not falling behind in digital marketing either. The best way to boost your business is to use the mobility of this social media as a pivotal advertising tool and enjoy access right at your fingertips. The 'suggested posts' are actually...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
Just Quit It Gracefully

Just Quit It Gracefully

Living in a world with unaccountable, thrilling opportunities, it is likely for one to want to leave his job and explore other options. However, most get stuck in dreaming of switching jobs, but cannot really pass the transition simply because they are confused about how to quit. Is it the state you are...

Published Date: April 2, 2014
ACCA Tales

ACCA Tales

Having a career as an Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) can be very rewarding if the person knows what they are doing. The big pay checks, staying at luxury suites during holidays, the nice cars and what not? However, contrary to popular belief, that's not all: the workload can also come in...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Become a master networker

Become a master networker

A lot of us in our early twenties aren't very much in touch with the movers and shakers of society. We may know some only on Facebook but that hardly counts. In the real world, getting on good terms with the power wielders can do wonders for personal growth. And when we grow,...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Bad networking etiquette

It you are not making enough connections, it sure is happening for a reason. There's the right way of networking, and there's the way to do it wrong. Here are some indicators that you're doing networking all wrong:  1. When you meet someone new, you talk more about yourself than you ask questions.  2. You ask for favors more than you offer them.  3. You comment on other people's blogs only to get others to read your blog.  4. Your last five tweets...

Published Date: March 26, 2014
Lower Managemenht

Lower Managemenht

 

Published Date: March 19, 2014
Career stethoscope

Career stethoscope

Even though the only constant thing in life is change, you feel your life has been on the same page for too long now. The changes that have inevitably occurred are not welcoming and you feel as if you are drifting away from yourself. Is this depression? Is it normal? Yes it is...

Published Date: March 19, 2014
Keep calm and soldier on

Keep calm and soldier on

If I had a chocolate every time I asked myself about my future after University, I'd probably be rich selling those chocolates now.  The world around us keeps reminding us of this phrase known as “Quarter life crisis”.  It can be particularly tough to get through the difficult phrase. Here are some thoughts that can help you survive the crisis.   Stop worrying about the bank balance All these glorified fat bank accounts we hear about takes time to grow, unless it's “daddy's” money. The people with healthy bank accounts had to work hard over time. Mid twenties is not the time to worry about the bank account and how poor it is;...