I typically Blog about other people, events, or specific topics, but today, my goal is to bring a change to that to some extent and talk about…myself…and my life. I feel like sharing a little bit of my background will give my audience some insights into who I am and why I do the thing I do. So, let’s begin.
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I was born in Bangladesh in 1991. My childhood there was very different from kids my age here in the US. I grew up playing with birds, insects, fish, animals, etc. I did not have things like a PS3 or Xbox or any of that stuff. I remember when I was first exposed to a computer. I was totally amazed at this device on which I could play some very ancient video games. Growing up, I was a smart kid, but I was pretty rebellious too.
I was raised mostly by my extended family members since my parents actually moved to the US around that time and had to travel back and forth between Bangladesh and USA in order to maintain Green Card status. I finished half of 5th grade in Bangladesh and then moved to the USA. I was 12 years old when I moved to the US and settled in Kansas. I stayed there 6 months, but did not attend school.
I then moved to Bartlett, Tennessee and enrolled in 5th grade for the 2nd time. As I grew up and got used to the States and Memphis, I learned much of the culture and soon began getting involved with my hobbies which by this point included magic tricks, Pokémon, basketball, animals, fish, and soon chess. I began to get more experience with chess and soon joined the chess club at my middle school.
I won the school championship that year and discovered my passion for the game of chess. Since that time, I began playing chess at home against anyone I could find to challenge and practiced against my computer.
When I got to high school, chess and basketball were still my main hobbies, however, to my disappointment, I realized there was no chess club at my high school. I soon began a campaign to start and form a chess club at Bolton High along with a couple of other students. Bolton High Chess Club was established, and I took on the position of captain of that club.
I helped organize events, tournaments, parties, and even took the team to state qualifiers. Around this same time, I also began to coach chess for a local chess company. I soon graduated high school and moved onto life at the University of Memphis where I was really able to leverage my chess skills to get myself involved with numerous organizations and leadership roles.
Entering college sparked one of the greatest changes to who I was and who I was soon to become. I got complete independence in college and that taught me more things than I had learned in my entire life. I learned many valuable life skills during my 4 years in college. Around this time, I became extremely ambitious and was set and determined that I was not going to be an average person in this world. I wanted to be different from others and be well known for something unique. I sought very hard after all kinds of things in college including leadership and education.
This independence and yearning to be something more than average lead me to get very involved with my education and trying to excel past my peers. During this time I also participated in many social organizations including joining Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. I made many great friends while in college. However, soon college ended, and I was once again left wondering what I need to be doing next.
So, first, I tried the traditional path of taking my GRE and attempting to start my MBA back at the University of Memphis. I realized I could not get into the program I wanted to because of my GRE score. So, I just started looking for jobs. I soon realized that I could not find any job which exactly suited my needs.
With the fear of no money and no job, I plunged head-on into the world of entrepreneurship after reading some books and watching some lectures. I first launched a chocolate chess piece business. Next, I partnered up with a developer, Nazir Saleheen, and began working on a social networking website for college students called myCampusHacks.com. Around this same time, I launched Chowdhury’s Chess Leadership Program which is designed to teach students about leadership, entrepreneurship, and Psychology using the game of chess as the primary platform.
This pretty much brings me to the present time when I am currently working as a social media and marketing consultant for a transportation company. I just also began my most recent and biggest project, Notentio.us with partner Ethan Willis. This website & app allows students to record, broadcast, and notify* their college lectures.
Right now my biggest focus is to work really hard to grow my businesses into successful thriving ones. I am focusing a lot of my present time and energy into developing Notentio.us into a really successful project. Only God knows what the future holds for me. I know that what I need to do is try my best and never give up my entrepreneurial spirit. And that is exactly what I am doing right now.