About Me

M Asif Rahman

Hi! I am long time WordPress Enthusiast, Serial Entrepreneur and Tech Evangelist. I am Founder of A. R. Communications, Alo Ventures, WPDeveloper.net etc etc. I do read a lot and I write too, I foundered The Tech Journal, The Dhaka Times etc and serving information to millions. I invest and love to help startups and proudly involved with Trance App, Leanplum, FutureStartUp, Geeky Social, Facebook and several other companies from their early stage. Among many other things I was an Early Google Glass Explorer, and I appeared in various (25+) WordCamps around the world. And most importantly I am a blessed Dad of a super cute little princess, and husband of a lovely wife! And I am from Bangladesh. [More about me]

What’s Happening!

#Krabi, specially #Aonang area and all the Islands in #PhiPhi is unbelievable! Water color… ift.tt/2nuWstg

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Introducing ‘Adda With Asif’

Adda With Asif

I enjoy speaking with people; especially with my fellow Entrepreneurs, Startup Founders, Developers, Specially WordPress Developer, Marketers, Evangelist, Investors, Business Guys or even travelers. And I do that very regularly. For past few years, I have given very dedicated time in this initiative. I am calling this initiative as I started this in very planned manner. Now with “Adda With Asif” I will share this journey with the world.

What “Adda With Asif” Means?

Adda” is a Bangla word, I don’t see any proper English word for it. It’s kind of gossip, but no rumors. It’s kind of informal discussion, dialog, and mostly used when you hang out with friends. I picked this name to keep it informal, but a kind of discussion that comes from the heart.

*I was in the discussion about few names, and this one came up with my first participant “Rashed Moslem”. Kudos to him!

What Happens in “Adda With Asif”?

I will talk with people and share the details. It will start in written form in my blog Asif.im, but in future, it could be podcast (which I personally hate), or ever video. I have not figured it entirely, it’s journey, we will find it out with time. For now, I want to make it simple so I could start easily, and keep the option open.

I will talk about business or project that my guest/guests (yes, idea is to involve more than one guest) is working on, and also about his past work. It will have lots of focus on his philosophy about work and life, and I will discuss mine as well. The conversation could go into many directions, but my main focus will be finding interesting jest, that I could share with the world. The discussion is not an interview, it’s multi-dimensional, so it does not mean only I will ask the question. I have a lot of my meetings where I actually have to advice and share ideas with fellow participants. I could also talk with a founder having issues like funding or technical development, and see how I or anybody else we have with us on that day could help.

Few key things:

  • This could happen at Coffee World, any other coffee place, restaurant, my office, participant’s office or even in an open place.
  • This is not location specific. Right now I am in Dhaka, so will start from here. I travel a lot, and I meet people on the go, will continue this where the journey takes me.
  • I will publish this initially in my blog - Asif.im
  • If there is any confidential discussion, that will not be mentioned in the writing or in any medium, here Participant controls what he want to share.
  • There are no criteria who gets selected as my participant, but I have a long list of people that I speak regularly, so will start from there, if I see enough interest soon I will add an option to request to meet me.
  • I do not have an exact plan how frequently I want this to go, could be twice a week (that’s even possible as I meet people almost like every day) or maybe less frequently. Let’s keep this open.
  • There is no endorsement or investment guarantee. This is an “Adda”.
  • I pay the bills! 😀

What Doesn’t Happen in “Adda With Asif”?

  • This is not a talk show
  • This is not an interview
  • You don’t have to do a 2-minute pitch unless I ask you to do.
  • This is not for directly business investment. Though I actively invest in the business I find logical
  • No backbite
  • Participants are not paid in any forms

Why am I doing “Adda With Asif”?

Actually, it’s not like I am doing it alone. One of my main focus in life now is to grow with others. I am a firm believer of the statement “if you want to go faster, go alone, but if you want to go further, go together”. I want to go further, so I pack with my peer group. I am working for over 8 years to help other co-founders grow, it started as mentorship and then I end up investing in 20+ companies in past 7-8 years. I especially invested in 8 startups in Bangladesh in past 4 years alone. I am very fond of my fellow co-founders. And this plan, to do more with my time and effort with Entrepreneurs came from my numerous discussion with Tareq & Nizam from weDevs & Rx71, Saimum from Geeky Social, and also obviously Rashed(from SYF), who also happen to be my first guest. So, you will see with time, it’s actually not my personal plan, it’s a combined effort. As I am the driving force in many initiatives around me, it’s also like that. I decide to push it now.
Pushing myself to write more:
One of my new year resolution sis to write regularly. And as I am starting 'Adda With Asif" in written form so it's kind of forcing me to write, thats one of the main reason why I decide to start this now.
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I do believe that we could do better with our life. I do see myself as a privileged person, so I think I should try to help others and see how I could add values. I don't believe I am the best businessman or I have the best product or I have the best team, but I believe together we could create the best of everything!

Stay tuned for the very first episode very soon. And please add your opinion what you feel. Let's help each other and create a better future together!

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Major Changes at Medium – Eliminating 50 jobs, Shutting Down Offices

Medium is easy, I like that. But when they went too far in trying to break the market by bribing brands and trying to brand in a way that its better solution than WordPress, thats when it was not this simple. Medium is a hosted solution, could be comparable to hosted WordPress like WordPress.com or many others, but not the WordPress solution. To grow their brand and portray themself as better content solution they started to bring big publisher, and there are numerous report how they bribed brands, if those brand move from WordPress! Now they are in odd situation. All the people they hired to sustain that growth, are now out of jobs, they fired 50 employees, and shutting down 2 offices. Ev Willams accepting that the main industry that they want to improve, they have not got full grasp of that, and feels, its time to stop that and look back.

Understanding you product placement, and not overdoing is very crucial.

 

MailChimp’s Story: $400 Million In Revenue Without Raising Any Money or A Office In Silicon Valley!

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/technology/mailchimp-and-the-un-silicon-valley-way-to-make-it-as-a-start-up.html?_r=1

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MailChimp recorded $280 million in revenue in 2015 and is on track to top $400 million in 2016, but they never raised a single dime from Venture Capital, wholly owned by Mr. Chestnut and his co-founder, Dan Kurzius — now employs about 550 people, and by next year it will be close to 700.

Raising money in Silicon Valley style, and running it the way Venture Capitalist pushes mostly teaches you bad habits from the start, and you end up being too good at spending money, via Showing-Up and also targeting Un-Natural Growth.

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End Of Entrepreneurship: Pissed at Your Startup?

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If somebody is really pissed at his Startup, he should take a break from his Entrepreneurial career, and get a job. This career choice “Entrepreneurship” is surely over-rated and not for everyone. Most people are good at following others’ lead or just be responsible for a specific task, instead of taking all the headache. They are good that way. Too much pressure from the Startup will be counter-productive for them.M Asif Rahman

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WordPress Support Plugin Business For Sale: GetAwesomeSupport.com

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I want to share about a running auction of a WordPress Plugin business. WordPress Plugin now considered as Startup. This Support Plugin is a complete business, with years old track record. As an Insider of WordPress Ecosystem I am planing for a while to start sharing more details in WordPress Business, possibly this could be a new series in this blog, “WordPress Business For Sale“!
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Installing WordPress On A 12 Years Old Tiny Wireless Router Costs Just $25

https://snippets.khromov.se/installing-wordpress-on-a-tiny-wireless-router

You could surely ask, why anybody wants to install WordPress in a 12 years old $25 tiny router. But if you are crazy enough this article is an epic one. You don’t even need MySQL, it usage SQLite in a USB Storage. This is surely one of the science project type experiment. But you could surely use this for other useable case to run WordPress under 64MB RAM.