This is a whole different world. Whoever is going through this, never got a chance to imagine it. We’re already in a new world and all these happened just in 100 days!
It was a bright sunny day when I started at Deligram. The entry was simply gorgeous – something like the best onboarding of my life. For some reason few of my friends and colleagues thought it could be a newsable incident. Luckily it didn’t go that far.
I left Deligram just in 5 months – exactly after 153 days of joining. Though I didn’t make any public announcement but all the people who came to know about it asked me the same question – why so early?
I’m not that person who’ll avoid the question but at the same time I don’t know which is the correct answer. Moreover I have a constant feeling of regret for not being able to do anything very impactful. So I often review my old task list and ask what did I miss?
It’s not an answer but recently I have a realization that if you have a feeling of doing something very right, most likely you’re walking in a wrong way.
And He it is Who sends the winds as glad tidings before His mercy, and We send down pure water from the sky, That We may thereby give life to a dead land, and give it for drink to Our creation — cattle and men in great numbers.Al-Qur’an, Al-Furqan 48 – 49
Rain is like a bless for us – it brings life to everything, cleans the air, makes the river flowing. Often rain causes flood which makes the land fertile.
Rain is the result of an obvious cycle of nature. The existence of life will be impossible if somehow this cycle is collapsed.
Dhaka has witnessed a mayor election last month when Mr Annisul Haque was elected to lead the northern side of the city development for next 4 years. As usual the election was controversial but Mr Haque is being considered as the right person for his vibrant and charismatic approach.
Though it’s just 2 weeks but we’re already witnessing that there’s a new mayor in the city who is trying so hard to bring some differences.
We’re living in a city with too many problems. Every time we see a new leader in power, we start assuming that we’re going to have the same fate. So even though we’re witnessing some developments going on, most people are considering it as an eyewash.
Mr Mayor, please prove us wrong!
In Bangladesh, around 15 million people actively use Internet. It’s 6.5% of our population and we’re in the position of 157th in the world in terms of population vs users ratio. But our penetration is 28.5% which is really high compare to many other countries.
Hopefully by end of 2015, the number of active internet users will be around 30 million which is a very ambitious prediction though.
Our users have a very different approach to internet than what we see in developed country – we consume contents rather than spend online. So it seems e-commerce isn’t going to be any big hit here in near future.
The majority portion of internet users are on-boarded by Facebook. An interesting insight is – many of them have a guilty feeling for wasting their money for no good cause.
Local startups who’re taking internet as their business platform, are yet to set long-term objectives. It’s really hard to imagine what’s going on here as technology and people’s mind – both are changing too fast.
Necessity is the mother of invention, literature is the grandchild of crisis!
Last five months, most of the space of my brain was captivated by one single idea – hot to tell a story about an ongoing history.
After multiple attempts finally it’s published now! I choose Medium as the publishing platform because it’s easier to write long stories there.
I was not always very happy in working at G&R. I actually attempted to quit several times and plan my career in a whole different way. But somehow I wasn’t able to do that. Love often causes pain and for some strange reason, we always accept it, and often enjoy it.From The Untold Story of a Bangladeshi Startup
Some stories to be told loudly as most people don’t want to hear – we all are busy with telling our stories.
Things are changing too fast and the same thing happening here at G&R. In last 1 year, we’ve experienced lots of growth in too many ways.
In this circumstance G&R is proudly presents the latest version of the Ad Network, G&R 3.0!
G&R has changed the way local digital content in Bangladesh is monetized by operating and optimizing Bangladesh’s largest online advertising marketplace. This market connects local website owners with advertisers and serves 15,000,000+ ads per day across 1,500+ websites.
This new version of ad network will allow our advertisers to start any campaign within a few minutes. The realtime dashboard will let them review the performance and various optimisation tools will help them to get the maximum ROI.
Similarly a publisher can monetize by placing G&R ads in their website or app in a simple and guided process. They also get various optimization tools to control and accelerate the revenue.
Our agency partners are getting a brand new dashboard with advanced controls to manage their clients, campaigns, ads and revenue.
Growing isn’t always exciting. We often miss our old days, our childhood. At G&R, though we’re missing our ‘no regulation’ days, but we always keep our attention in improving the product experiences with latest and updated technology.
The Amar Bornomala team is working hard to release their 2nd font. You’ll be able to download it from the same site. We’re also collecting people’s feedback for the 3rd font which going to be released on next Pohela Boishakh.
Those who believe in Bangla, keep the same right to contribute in developing it. We are expecting your active and constructive inputs so that we can set some standards for Bangla fonts. We hope it’ll help the upcoming typographers to be more interested in developing new Bangla fonts.
You can upload a scan copy of your handwritings here which may include the suggestions for how you want to see the alphabets. Based on experts selection, we’ll create a font combining different handwritings of different alphabets.
The beginning was back in 2010 when I first started thinking about an academic thesis entitled ‘Amar Bornomala o Somosamoyik Bangla Typography‘ (my alphabets and contemporary Bangla typography). Those were some dots which needed to be connected.
In last two years I’ve tried to connect those dots. I’ve talked with several people, organizations, institutes to get supports. But I never imagined that the country chief will inaugurate this initiative!
The primary goal of Amar Bornomala is to standardize the Bangla fonts with academic principles. The Honorable Prime Minister of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated the first font at the very first moment of 21 February 2013 from the Central Shahid Minar premises. Other two fonts are coming within next couple of days.
Access to Information (a2i) programme of Prime Minister’s office initiated this project in association with Bangla Academy and Department of Graphic Design from University of Dhaka. You can also download this font from this link.
Well, it wasn’t an easy journey and at the same time was a long process of learning. You shouldn’t limit your dreams, ever! Most of the times you won’t be able to imagine the solutions, but you can be sure that there must be a solution if you are able to create a constructive problem.
Facebook is doing a really great business in Bangladesh though we don’t have a proper, easy or legal way to make international payments. I think the amount is bigger than many other countries who might have a better way to make payments! From my personal research I got an impression that now days Facebook is getting more orders than their capacity!
Well, is this a good sign? I am sure very few of you will come up with a straightforward answer. But I have a clear stand on this regard – I am considering it as growth of stupidity.
I used to login to Facebook to see these stupidities and I am kind of paid for that. My friends (except business owners, spammers), once who were the reason of using Facebook now hardly post anything there.
Being social doesn’t mean Facebook and engagement doesn’t mean increasing the number of Likes. If you really think that way – pity on you, you actually never have a balance social life or you have very boring friends.