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My Last and 3,348th Day at G&R

Based on the official record, I’ve spent exactly 9 years and 2 months at G&R. There were 2 leap years within this time. So it’s my 3,348th day at G&R and it’s going to be the last day here.

If I include the inception period of G&R as well, few more hundreds days would be added. Compare to my current age, it’s around 30% of my lifetime!

9 years ago when I started at G&R, we were just a team of 3 people. Today when I’m leaving, we’re a part of such a big family that it’s hard to get the exact count of the members.

Working at G&R was one of the best things of my life. Though it was challenging most of the time but it was exciting too. In the meantime I grew in many ways – from 27 to 36, bachelor to a husband, no one to a father of 3 kids. Moreover now I’m not just a confused university student like I was in the beginning.

At G&R I’ve learnt the best lessons – it’s not only about work but also about many other things all of which I will take with me throughout my life.

I got the chance to work with so many people who are not only super talented but also great human beings. There were total 55 colleagues who worked with me in this 9 years of time. I’ve signed several hundreds of cheque in the name of our publishers which I always considered as the most rewarding part of my career.

As many of you already know that in the next chapter, G&R will be operated as a fintech utilizing the NOC it has received last year to develop an ewallet. Hopefully it’s going to be the next big thing.

For me, the next chapter is to focus on something which I really love. Stay in touch.

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JossWork, for the Love of Working

It’s nothing new, there are a few thousand similar tools to make your work process automated and transparent. But we’re kind of reinventing the wheel – JossWork is an email service with some other additional features to make your workstation smarter.

Just one setup and you’ll get work email, automated office attendance system, customer and pipeline management tools, invoicing system and many more for your business.

Automated attendance is one crucial feature that’s producing a lot of attention. We’ve built a relatively efficient and smart process for recording office attendance. Existing internet connection is enough to get it done, no hardware setup required. It also offers a standard leave management system with a multilayer approval process.

Other features such as journal, messaging, pipeline, basic CRM are also working pretty well and our users are loving them.

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The Untold Story: Beginning of G&R

This story is originally published in Medium, both in Bangla and English. As the story is too long, I am publishing it here dividing in different chapters.

It was September 2005 when I first realised that websites could be made by ordinary people like me. Before that I imagined that making websites was similar in difficulty to building spaceships. I have always been very relaxed at work, but when I discovered the ease and beauty of website development – when I realised that this spaceship was easily attainable  –  I knew I’d discovered the secret to a long and happy life.

I was always good at maintaining pixels. This practice began on the first day of design school, where most of my friends were far better than me at drawing. I knew I couldn’t compete with them with my drawing skills alone, so I began using graph paper to make design plans and layouts. This helped me learn the manual process of using pixels. Over time, I became a pixel dancer. This helped me grab the attention many influential people.

One fine day in 2009, I received an unexpected email from London. A man I’d never heard of wanted to meet me to talk about the current status of the Internet in Bangladesh. At the time, his queries were irrelevant to my work. I was busy consulting for overseas clients who paid me an hourly wage. I had even been tasked with redesigning The Daily Star website! But I really never thought that the Internet could bring any change to Bangladeshi society.

The man from London had an extensive knowledge about the Internet and had even spent time working at Google. He taught me to see the potential of the Internet in a completely different way. I was extremely excited and finally felt that I could finally be a useful creature in society.

We had our first discussion about the Internet in Bangladesh in March 2009. G&R received the certification for incorporation in July 2009. Ours is an amazing story.

Our very first days at G&R were spent doing nothing but exploring possibilities. Early on, we decided to partner with a software company called eBizzsol for technical support. We held several brain storming sessions and drank a few hundred cups of tea. We were trying to find a single solution that would solve a few hundred problems. The word localization was on top of anything. We started following the tagline, Your local site!

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G&R Featured in Google I/O 2014

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This might be one of the prestigious moments I’d always love to remember. Talking in front of a camera wasn’t a very new experience for me. But it was really difficult to keep my nerves normal when I knew that this conversation has a chance to be featured in Google I/O.

Our story was featured on the wall of startups in Google I/O 2014 . Thanks to my colleagues and the camera crew from Google for their supports. It seems we were looking good when the video was showing on Google I/O wall.

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Work

To Download the New Bangla Font of Amar Bornomala

The new free bangla font launched by Amar Bornomala is open to download since the 1st minute after it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. In last 22 hours it got around 3,000 downloads. If you yet to download it, please use this link.

It’ll ask your email or phone number before the download starts. We are taking this info so that we can notify you the next update, as well as if other fonts are here to download.

So far we’ve got thousands of feedbacks via comments, direct contacts, Facebook post, over phone etc which encouraging us to work harder. We are ensuring you that we are reading each of your feedbacks and working on it.

As there were no academic standardizations in creating Bangla fonts, our aim is to establish this culture. Also we want to create a platform from where people can get beautiful Bangla fonts for free.

So your support is very important!

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Happy Life

So, it’s going on.

You can’t say yourself happy unless you are happy. Life isn’t so easy at all – at least here in Dhaka which is declared by Economist as 2nd worst city in the world!

You’ll never know how long you have to wait under the burning sun for a transportation. So the definition of happiness is a term which we have to consider when we’re staying at home.

Have a look to the picture above. it’s from my balcony. I do water it everyday.

Few updates of my work: well, things around me has changed too fast in last couple of months. This is a site I’ve designed few months ago for Dropndot which was selected as a best site. This is a new kind of recognition of my work and I am feeling great about it.

Right now I am working with building an ad network which is quit a new experience for me. I hope I can tell you more about it later. Yesterday I’ve launched another sleepless night idea with one of my colleagues which you may have a look too.

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Insight thanks Work

yo! this is goromcha…

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goromcha.com is live for public from 9 january 2010. i guess it’s not such a long time. but we are happy to announce that it’s reaching more people than we’ve expected. there are lot more features are yet to be added… we have some cool marketing plan to bring the site to all kind of internet users. ‘gorom cha’ means ‘hot tea’ which we think the everyday’s drink for all kind of people in bangladesh. the aim of this site is to become such a everyday’s part! we believe it deserves that.

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sleepless nights Typography Work

a brand new font style

brand new font style
this is a screenshot from illustrator cs4. i am creating this one just using the single plain stroke. the layout is in my head and i am using the mouse just like the pencil...

as i was working with the dissertation, i was planning a cover design. well, i had plan to create at least two special font styles only for the dissertation! it was really tough… the layout was ready but the technical development is a matter of hard work and time spending. anyway at least i should write the title name in a special font… so here is the basic structure of a brand new font style. i wish it’d be usable for everyone very soon.

wish me a luck 🙂

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It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times!

Life around me is changing a lot for last few months. Some of these were too fast that they became history before I noticed. Some of these were too long seemed like never ending! I saw people – how they act and how they react! Some actions were interesting, some were heartbreaking. But somehow they were good for me.

I’ve learnt once again nothing is so important in life!

These days I am working lot. I don’t know for what but I am always in a hurry. I am working with the establishment of a dedicated digital advertising agency which I think is going to be something new in bangladesh.

The Prothom Alo blog which was my last project in my previous office got published few weeks ago. That was another dream project for me but I don’t know why… I didn’t feel any excitement watching that live.

Life is changing, so I am!

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The New Robi Font

One of the most popular local telco Aktel re-branded themselves to Robi from 28 March 2010. It was the most massive commercial event of present advertising history.

I came to know about the new brand name by 15 February though it was something top level secret. Suddenly I found myself so special when they offered me to design and develop a new type font for this new brand. It was totally a new experience for me.

The maximum share of Robi is owned by Axiata. So Robi is using Axiata’s brand identity and guideline. I had to follow the style of Axiata Book, a branded Roman font they are using for their identities.

The time was too limited and I was new, but that made me desperate. I met the first deadline with a complete developed font which they refused. After that the present one came with the effort of another few sleepless nights. I am grateful to my dearest friend and to Rifat Nabi.

So, when I see a billboard saying ‘apnar aktel ekhon robi’ or ‘jole uthun apon shoktite’ or some other sentences in Axiata Bangla font, I do remember the hardest works and loveliest memories 🙂