We express our shock and sorrow at the untimely death and gruesome murder of Fahim Saleh—who co-founded the ride-sharing venture Pathao in Bangladesh—in his flat in New York. We would also like to call upon the American law-enforcing agencies and government to urgently bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.
It was Fahim's dream to transform the lives of his countrymen through the use of technology. And the venture capital he started had even provided seed money to a start-up attempting to revolutionise the public transport system in Bangladesh, which has the potential to benefit thousands of people. Besides starting Pathao, Fahim had also started similar ventures in other countries such as Nigeria, Colombia, Indonesia, etc., and worked his way up to become a millionaire tech entrepreneur through his innovativeness and hard work. His willingness to share his success and resources, which demonstrated his concern for others, made Fahim an inspiring leader and a rare visionary. We will surely be worse off without him.
We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to Fahim's family. And we sincerely hope that the investigation will be carried out quickly and those behind the murder will be caught and punished.
Fahim's legacy will live on through all that he has created and the people he has helped, and we have no doubt that his example will continue to inspire young people, especially young entrepreneurs, for years to come.