A burger flipper turned CEO worth $148 million: The incredible story of Ashik Ahmed

A very common scenario of any immigrant going to a first world country is simply this: doing a part-time job to earn their bread. The scenario was somewhat similar for Ashik Ahmed. Flipping burgers was the way 17 years old Ashik would meet his ends. However, a powerful vision, creativity, and indomitable perseverance have made Ashik one of the big shot CEOs in Australia. He is now worth a staggering amount of $148 Million!

How it all started

Ashik came to Australia from Bangladesh when he was 17 years old. He started flipping burgers at a fast-food chain in Melbourne to earn his living. He recalled about his hard early days in an interview with SBS Australia, saying:

“I was an hourly-paid worker myself so I saw all the challenges on this side, and I also got to see it from the employer’s side in managing the employees.”

This indomitable ambition and thinking outside the box have paid well for Ashik. His exposure to the multidimensional work environment of Australia, along with his ardent passion for Mathematics and Science, had helped him co-found Workforce management ‘Deputy’ back in 2008.

Quoted from his Forbes Bio,

“I was fortunate to meet my co-founder Steve Shelley (a small business owner) for whom I was able to make a significant difference by improving people management in his business. In 2008, we co-founded Deputy to make every other small business owner successful like Steve. Deputy is now used by over 40,000 workplaces in 73 countries.”

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About Deputy

Deputy is a global workforce management platform for employee scheduling, timesheets, and communication.  The mission of Deputy is to improve the lives of shift workers and small business owners, by providing them with the necessary technological disruption. 

Deputy mainly provides cloud-based workforce management and scheduling platform. It is designed specially to help companies organize, track, and manage their teams. The company now has a client list of more than 184,000; which includes big names like NASA and Qantas.

The 38-Year-Old Ashik Ahmed is now worth over 148 Million Dollars.

The once burger-flipping 17-year-old is now listed at number 25 on the Australian Financial Review Young Rich List,  which was released this week. Ashik Ahmed has made good use of his 11 years in entrepreneurship, and is an inspiration for any aspiring entrepreneur!

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Mahjabin Haque: Another Bangladeshi woman at NASA

From childhood dreams to the stars, Mahjabin Haque has achieved to pursue her passion for NASA. Mahjabin Haque is going to be a software engineer at NASA’s US space research firm. She is a fresh graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Wayne State University.

A brave soul with a mission

According to Dhaka Tribune, Bengali communities throughout Michigan and many more are celebrating this success with great pride. While studying at Wayne State University, Mahjabin pursued an internship at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for two terms. She mentioned that she had worked for two departments in the span of eight months and receive quite a lot of experience. She received offers from different companies across the world including NASA. However, her heart opts for NASA.


“Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to work at NASA.” mentions Mahjabin Haque herself to HiFi Public.

She participated in many curricular activities like dancing, singing and organizing events for BSA in her university. While working for NASA, she realized that they do not only look for academic success, rather they seek creativity and leadership strengths. She worked hard enough while enjoying her journey to her dreams.

Her advice to the youths who want to pursue their dreams would be not to only focus on grades, rather explore and dwell in different creative options to find what interests them the most.

In the world filled with different options to engage in, it is important for us to find what interests us the most. Instead of sticking to the good old academic books, let us explore our best and worst qualities to find who we can really become.