My friend Wazi from the Bay Area alerted me to this story: Jawed Karim, one of the three founders of YouTube, is the son of a Bangladeshi father and German mother. More here.
I met the father-and-son team at Wazi's house in 2000, when Jawed came to the Valley for summer work (which ended up with his PayPal stint.)
Too bad the NYT article does not mention the Bd connection.
Couldn't kids based in Bangladesh have dreamt up and implemented YouTube? I believe this kind of innovation is absolutely possible here, but we must create the right environment. We must inspire the kids in the right way and give them the right tools and resources.
If we make a breakthrough like this once, the IT dam will break.