Skype founder advises BD freelancers

Md. Mintu Hossain | Update:

Morten Lund, Co-investor of Skype on the Skype session

Internet has been providing amazing things for last 10 years. We need Vision and Focus to be an entrepreneur and successful coder.

Investor and entrepreneur Morten Lund delivers his advice to Bangladeshi students and freelancers through Skype from Denmark.

Morten Lund said there are three important things to be successful coders.

"Stamina, leadership with idea and focus with hard work can bring success." he added.

Coders Trust and BRAC University Computer Club have jointly presented an innovative new approach to micro financing education that upgrades the technological expertise of the youth in Bangladesh and makes individuals with limited means to become a part of the global technological job revolution as successful freelancers.

Millions of information technology based jobs are offered on a daily basis through online working portals, but Bangladeshi freelancers need the right qualifications in order to solve the tasks.

Coder Trust redefines the concept of virtual education and ties young people with online education directly.

It also redefines the idea on the basis of global online job markets demands.

It is creating freelancing micro entrepreneurs and also sustainable economic growth for developing countries like Bangladesh.

CodersTrust Founder Ferdinand Kjaerulff

Coders Trust is an initiative backed by the development fund Danida or Danish International Development Agency, to provide microfinance for students and freelancers in emerging nations who want to upgrade their programming skills.

Copenhagen-born entrepreneur Ferdinand Kjærulff, Coders Trust founder, expects that the students will be empowered with selling their work internationally via freelance portals such as Elance, oDesk and Freelancer.

The team is currently operating in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where it collaborates with Grameen solutions.

Skype founder Morten Lund invested in the company in March 2014, describing it as a 'profitable charity'.

Ferdinand said there are more than 150,000 registered freelancers who earn about $ 15 (Tk 1166) per hour for technical work and $ 7 for unskilled work.

There are 19.3 million users on the three largest online portals, of which 10% are eligible for the Coders Trust scheme.



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