Waseem Alim had a successful career in Silicon Valley before he decided to move back to his native Dhaka, Bangladesh to begin an e-commerce business.
Your weekly roundup of frontier and emerging markets news for the week ending on 27 March.
Investor money is flowing into India's burgeoning e-commerce market, which is seeing rapid growth. Emerging Frontiers recently spoke with Gurpreet Singh of BrownTape, a platform that helps brick and mortar businesses engage in e-commerce.
This is the second of a three-part series that will explore the expanding fault line between the European Union and Russia, and the early stages of what I believe will eventually become known as the Second Cold War.
David James is a former investment banker turned entrepreneur working to transform the wood-based construction materials commonly used into greener, more sustainable products through his company, ChloroEarth. David's product has the potential to transform entire rural communities through added agricultural-based income and new jobs.
Emerging and frontier market consumers are increasingly gaining access to the internet via smartphones, which are now at a price point that makes them affordable to many consumers. For investors, hundreds of millions of new consumers on the web has created a host of opportunities.
As cell phone penetration rates continue to rapidly grow in emerging and frontier markets, applications like mobile money are transforming the way people purchase products and transfer money.
Emerging Frontiers CEO Kevin Virgil recently traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to speak at the country's Digital World technology conference. He finds that, if one looks past the ongoing political turmoil, there are many reasons to be enthusiastic about the country's future.
E-commerce is a rapidly growing market in many emerging and frontier markets, and in many ways Vietnam is at the forefront of this growth. Emerging Frontiers's Daniel Workman recently spoke with a Louisiana-born entrepreneur that moved to Vietnam and is the founder of Taembe.com, an e-commerce site focused towards infants and toddlers.
In spite of an unstable political environment, a brutal insurgency, and falling oil prices, Nigeria's tech startup scene is thriving.