Originally published at thefshow.com on December 20, 2014 by Lolita Taub.
It was really nice to go from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Two things I was not expecting to find in the capital of Bangladesh were: KFC and Pizza Hut. It’s certainly a country that’s developing and has a healthy mix of the developed and developing world. They have figured out how to manufacture garments (apparently this has to do with the size of the fingers of the Bangladeshi workers), have a vibrant entrepreneur community, and yet the infrastructure is a bit lacking — traffic is bad and it’s a very real possibility that you’ll walk head-first into a rickshaw (I’m not confirming that that happened to me).
Back to the vibrant entrepreneur community: there is a community of young entrepreneur leaders and a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs that are doing their thing! There are definitely the retail/garment entrepreneurs — The F SHOW was fortunate to have one host us (Arman)! — and yet there are many others that are not.
The F SHOW met with a handful of female millennial technology and media entrepreneurs! The F SHOW met with the founder of a leading technology reseller Techmania; DCastalia; and Team Engine. It was an honor to meet a United Nations/BBC alumni and a Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus mentee, female millennial entrepreneur Samira Himika who is leading the tight-knit entrepreneur community! This woman is bringing it together through Team Engine. Her presence is nothing short of impressive — you MUST hear what she has to say (when I have her video up, that is!).
Speaking of videos, it was really exciting to have the owner of a Bangla channel ask if The FSHOW would be interested in partnering to help promote women empowerment via entrepreneurship via an “The FSHOW Bangladesh” TV series. Let’s see what happens with that, Unifox!
Josh and I celebrated Dhaka over a tasty pizza and Sprite — these are delicacies in this part of the world!
All in all: Dhaka is the place to go if you want to see a very human tight-knit entrepreneur community with amazing hospitality!
A special thanks goes to our AirBnB hosts who made homemade bread for us every morning and humored us for evening chats on all things international relations. There is also a big fat Thank You to Arman for being a gracious host who did not let Josh and I get trampled at Dhaka’sVictory Day celebration and for taking us to a restaurant that served the best tandoori chicken ever (I basically ate an entire chicken there)! On that note, thank you Sara Allen Beth and Twitter for introducing Arman! Thanks Unifox for lending us your office space for the interviews and for having an amazing hostess and driver take us around Dhaka. Oh and before I forget thank you for interviewing me about The FSHOW! It was a lot of fun to share space and time with your amazing team — Naima and company!
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