Shams Rashid Tonmoy

Sub-editor & Feature Writer, Tech & Startup, The Daily Star

AI is making way for a new era of soft skills. Here's how

With AI gaining popularity across various workplaces, there arises a demand for skilled professionals capable of effectively operating AI models to yield the most desirable outcomes. Moreover, beyond these roles, there is a growing need for positions that AI simply cannot replicate, owing to its inherently non-human nature.

1h ago

From fringe hobby to national pride

For years, gaming in Bangladesh was seen as a waste of time -- often dismissed as a frivolous activity or a distraction from more “serious” pursuits. Traditional societal norms placed little value on gaming, perceiving it as an endeavour devoid of any real-world benefits.

1m ago

Navigating the big, scary world of your first career break

Whether it's for studies or personal development, stepping away from work can be scary, especially when you're new to the full-time world. In our world of constant hustle, taking a break to recharge and refocus takes guts. But, if you're up for it, the rewards can be worthwhile.

2m ago

PriyoShop: Connecting local brands and mom-and-pop shops by facilitating product distribution

In the bustling streets of Bangladesh, mom-and-pop shops, also known as 'mudir dokan' in Bangla, stand as pillars of commerce, signifying an economic revolution that is steadily reshaping the retail landscape. At the forefront of this transformation stands PriyoShop, a B2B e-commerce startup that is connecting the dots between brands and mom-and-pop shops.

2m ago

Cover letters: are they relevant anymore?

The efficiency of parsing through standardised resumes and extracting relevant information has led many employers to prioritise resumes and online application forms over cover letters. Thus, brings the obvious question: are cover letters even relevant anymore?

3m ago

Pokémon Concierge: A stop-motion for all ages

Pokémon Concierge tells the story of Haru, a 20-something young adult riddled with anxiety, coming to the luxurious Pokémon Resort to start a new life as a concierge.

5m ago

Meet 'Mama Lang': The Bangla 'toy' programming language

For a beginner, programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, and C++ might deter them as they are very different from traditional languages. Thus, comes Mama Lang, a Bangla-based toy programming language intended to be an easy entryway to coding for Bangla speakers.

5m ago

Magna Water: What even is it?

Recently, certain locally-based 'free water' startups have been making waves on Facebook. These initiatives promise to provide free, clean drinking water to the general public by integrating ads on the plastic bottles the water would come in. But how do these initiatives work and where is this bottled water coming from? We recently caught up with one of these initiatives, ‘Magna Water’—literally meaning free water—to talk about their plans, goals, and details regarding this project.

5m ago
June 25, 2024
June 25, 2024

AI is making way for a new era of soft skills. Here's how

With AI gaining popularity across various workplaces, there arises a demand for skilled professionals capable of effectively operating AI models to yield the most desirable outcomes. Moreover, beyond these roles, there is a growing need for positions that AI simply cannot replicate, owing to its inherently non-human nature.

May 18, 2024
May 18, 2024

From fringe hobby to national pride

For years, gaming in Bangladesh was seen as a waste of time -- often dismissed as a frivolous activity or a distraction from more “serious” pursuits. Traditional societal norms placed little value on gaming, perceiving it as an endeavour devoid of any real-world benefits.

April 23, 2024
April 23, 2024

Navigating the big, scary world of your first career break

Whether it's for studies or personal development, stepping away from work can be scary, especially when you're new to the full-time world. In our world of constant hustle, taking a break to recharge and refocus takes guts. But, if you're up for it, the rewards can be worthwhile.

April 8, 2024
April 8, 2024

PriyoShop: Connecting local brands and mom-and-pop shops by facilitating product distribution

In the bustling streets of Bangladesh, mom-and-pop shops, also known as 'mudir dokan' in Bangla, stand as pillars of commerce, signifying an economic revolution that is steadily reshaping the retail landscape. At the forefront of this transformation stands PriyoShop, a B2B e-commerce startup that is connecting the dots between brands and mom-and-pop shops.

March 12, 2024
March 12, 2024

Cover letters: are they relevant anymore?

The efficiency of parsing through standardised resumes and extracting relevant information has led many employers to prioritise resumes and online application forms over cover letters. Thus, brings the obvious question: are cover letters even relevant anymore?

January 25, 2024
January 25, 2024

Pokémon Concierge: A stop-motion for all ages

Pokémon Concierge tells the story of Haru, a 20-something young adult riddled with anxiety, coming to the luxurious Pokémon Resort to start a new life as a concierge.

January 20, 2024
January 20, 2024

Meet 'Mama Lang': The Bangla 'toy' programming language

For a beginner, programming languages such as JavaScript, Python, and C++ might deter them as they are very different from traditional languages. Thus, comes Mama Lang, a Bangla-based toy programming language intended to be an easy entryway to coding for Bangla speakers.

January 18, 2024
January 18, 2024

Magna Water: What even is it?

Recently, certain locally-based 'free water' startups have been making waves on Facebook. These initiatives promise to provide free, clean drinking water to the general public by integrating ads on the plastic bottles the water would come in. But how do these initiatives work and where is this bottled water coming from? We recently caught up with one of these initiatives, ‘Magna Water’—literally meaning free water—to talk about their plans, goals, and details regarding this project.

December 9, 2023
December 9, 2023

Staying ahead of the employability curve

In an interview with The Daily Star, Dr Ajay Kela shared the goals of the Wadhwani Foundation, what kind of skills a modern employer looks for, and the importance of upskilling for modern graduates.

December 2, 2023
December 2, 2023

An interview with Sakib Jamal: Forbes 30 under 30 2024 

Bangladeshi-born American venture capitalist Sakib Jamal has recently achieved recognition of being listed in Forbes' prestigious 30 Under 30 list for 2024 in the North America region, in the Venture Capital category. In an interview with The Daily Star, the young venture capitalist dives into his background, experiences, and projects of both past and present.

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