Quarterly Reflections – Q1 2016

At Jeeon, the day-to-day often feels like a steep uphill climb, and sometimes we hit a wall and are forced to sit and wonder whether we really are making any headway. But then, almost absent-mindedly, we look back and are jerked with surprise, to realize just how fast we have been moving! At that point, it seems almost crazy to imagine how far behind we were even 3 months ago. At the end of 2015, we were still…

Bringing Peace to the Wanderer

Paved roads ended about half a mile back. The bridge we crossed was being used to dry mustard seeds and by pedestrians, instead of by vehicles it was surely designed for. But it didn’t matter anyways since the road beyond was too narrow for our car to travel down. We traveled the serpentine road, surrounded by lush green rice paddies, by rickshaw instead. It was clear, we had reached “the last mile”. I had spent…

Seven Lessons from Silicon Valley for Social Entrepreneurs Globally

This post was originally published on Unreasonable.is on 2 March 2016: http://unreasonable.is/seven-lessons-from-silicon-valley-for-entrepreneurs-globally/ ****** As an entrepreneur based in Bangladesh, having worked at the intersection of technology and development on a range of issues over the last eight years (first at mPower and now at Jeeon), I have constantly been surprised how much we as social entrepreneurs try to box ourselves in a category of our own. Yet, there are a lot of best practices in entrepreneurship,…

A Journey towards a Better Future

We are a small team working 24/7 for only one mission, to Make Well-being Universal. This sounds audacious but it is the core of our company. We are trying to build the software enabled infrastructure with which we can provide medical services to people in remote areas, where many of them are suffering from lack of proper medical advice. Recently we have had a trip to the villages in Kishoreganj and Netrakona where we work, and…

Let the Universe Conspire

When I made the decision of giving up my position at mPower last September and switching full-time to mDoc (now jeeon), little did I know that we were going to be having a one-on-one meeting with Bill Gates about our work in less than 6 months’ time! On the surface, it was not an easy choice. I was comfortable at mPower – an exciting and challenging set of roles, a joint-CEO level of authority, a team of…

Early signs of a dream team…

I had interviewed just about every possible candidate for the job. After several weeks of desperately searching LinkedIn, and sending emails to all relevant professional contacts, I had come out empty handed. Until finally I found the perfect candidate – competent, young and confident, he had the exact set of skills I was looking for. I was excited at the possibility that finally the team would be whole. Several interviews later, however, something did not…

In the aftermath of a truly Unreasonable Experience

This August (2015), I had the extraordinary experience of being part of the Unreasonable Institute (UI). The UI is an accelerator program for early stage social ventures, operating out of Boulder Colorado. Their recipe is simple. They scour the globe to find promising social ventures, working on some of the world’s biggest challenges and bring them to Boulder, Colorado, for five weeks. Entrepreneurs get, among many other things, access to and lessons from world class…