Patience and the long game of success
An interview with Fahim Mashroor of bdjobs.com
Fahim Mashroor is the Co-Founder and CEO of bdjobs.com-the largest job portal of the country. He was awarded "Best Innovative Entrepreneur" by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2008 and president of BASIS in 2012 and 2013,he also got best entrepreneur SME foundation award this year. We sat with Mr. Fahim at the bdjobs headquarters to know more about his inspiring journey in the IT industry of Bangladesh.
Tell us about yourself and your passion in life?
I studied Economics at University of Dhaka and later did my MBA from IBA. In 2000 Internet was a global phenomenon, a lot of exciting things were happening around the except for Bangladesh. I thought,'why not Bangladesh?' and decided to do something based on Internet in Bangladesh. That is how some of my friends and I started bdjobs.com.
What was your underlying motivation to become an entrepreneur?
I am a passionate challenge taker. I love walking uncharted path and prefer doing things that most people fear to do. I saw there was an opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the society while doing things I love to do, something for which I needed my own place. I wanted to guide and help people through skill development via bdjobsso that they can develop right skills and thrive and contribute as well as find employment.
What are the biggest drivers of your success today?
Patience is critical and so is dedication and hard work. We were extremely passionate about the works we were doing, we still are and we knew it would take time. We have a culture that promotes shortcut but it is counterproductive in long run.
Briefly share with us few lessons you have learned from your journey?
Being honest still is an advantage. I disagree with them who say that doing something in honest way is impossible in Bangladesh. Also, Passion is your biggest capital, work for it with focus. Your resource and capacity is limited and it is used best when you focus. Lastly, never give up. Giving up is not an entrepreneur's style.