Bijon Islam

About Bijon Islam

Specialized in business model development, financial structuring and inclusive business design with 10+ years of experience in corporate/ investment banking (with Citibank, N.A.), private, development and public sector consulting. Co-founder and CEO of LightCastle, one of the country’s fastest growing consulting firm with 100+ projects in 3 years and social ventures like www.pujeebd.org and www.thepitchperfect.com

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Bangladesh – the Dazzling Delta enters 2017

Bangladesh – the Dazzling Delta enters 2017

Bangladesh making headway towards a middle income nation based on strong economic fundamentals Bangladesh’s growth story is one that few saw coming. In the face of persistent challenges, the country’s stable economic growth has provided the bedrock for a prosperous future. With a forecasted growth rate that’s only second to India in the region, Bangladesh(…)

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Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises as means to Achieve Development

Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises as means to Achieve Development

Bangladesh is almost ready to step into 2017 with a mixed year to look back upon. We have been maintaining our GDP growth stride above 6% with emerging industries like footwear, pharmaceuticals, ICT showing strong export potential besides our “big gun” RMG. While roads and highways infrastructure have suffered in terms of implementation time, a(…)

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TIME TO MAKE FOR BANGLADESH : Insights into the Growing Consumer Market of Bangladesh

TIME TO MAKE FOR BANGLADESH : Insights into the Growing Consumer Market of Bangladesh

The universe of middle and affluent class (MAC) in Bangladesh is growing both in terms of size and purchasing capacity. This provides businesses with an expanding opportunity – Bangladesh hosting 8th largest population in the world and consumers spending around USD 130 bn+ annually with an annual 6% growth rate. Right now the MAC population(…)

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TIME FOR REAL-TIME MARKET RESEARCH

TIME FOR REAL-TIME MARKET RESEARCH

“The world today is ephemeral”. The statement resonates with our ever-decreasing attention span, our over reliance on the digital world and continuous need for something different. As an individual we are constantly bombarded with information from all sides propelled by our openness to digital channels. Thus our interests and responsiveness is very short lived. Hence,(…)

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Time for Disruption in Market Research

Time for Disruption in Market Research

Who or what is the most important variable to your business? – Is it your business model or your competition? Or maybe it’s your product, strategy or team? Well, taking a step back in my opinion – the thing that matters most to your business is your “Customers”. No matter how much you have of(…)

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3 Industries that are at the cusp of Technology enabled Disruption (Part I)

3 Industries that are at the cusp of Technology enabled Disruption (Part I)

Technology innovations are highly transformative – taking a look at the industrial revolution to the widespread usage of electricity to modern day cyber age, the impact is clear. However, over the last decade the transformation has been exponential with a speed and scale absent before. Here’s a sneak peek into 3 industries that in my(…)

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Can Bangladesh become a Startup Nation?

Can Bangladesh become a Startup Nation?

The outlook for the 21st century is going to be increasingly defined by the emerging markets in Asia. However, in stark contrast to its neighboring counterparts – India and China, Bangladesh ,currently a factor driven economy, is barely hanging onto the lower rungs of the global competitive index. The obstacles lie in grossly inefficient systems,(…)

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Cognitive Dissonance Predicament of the Cubicle Capitalist

Cognitive Dissonance Predicament of the Cubicle Capitalist

Do you like your work? Yeah, I guess – you know the pay is good and the work environment is nice, caring colleagues; sometimes things are a bit hectic but can’t complain. Ok, let me rephrase the question – if given the option, if, would you be doing this for the rest of your life?(…)

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5 Technology Enabled Disruptions to Look Forward to in the Coming Decade

5 Technology Enabled Disruptions to Look Forward to in the Coming Decade

Technological innovations are transformative, just think how the industrial revolutions changed how the world operates forever or the impressive progress of cyber age which started in the 1990s. One thing has been apparent over the last 50 years – the rate of innovation has enhanced exponentially. Propelled by existing development platforms which are cheaper, easier(…)

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Industrial Internet: A Step ahead towards an Artificial Cognitive Society?

Industrial Internet: A Step ahead towards an Artificial Cognitive Society?

The human civilization has increasingly become connected by technology and social media platforms which have forever changed the way we interact with each other. A significant part of our lives are being spent in the digital space and with each generation the time within digital network increases. Movements like “Arab Spring” have exhibited that this(…)

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