It’s 6 pm and CEOs of several city-based startups line up outside the conference room of Crowne Plaza, to have a quick rendezvous with Shradha Sharma, CEO, YourStory. She is an inspiration to budding entrepreneurs. Sharma was in the city to kick off YourStory’s Tamil Nadu chapter. In a tete-a-tete, she walks us through her 10-year journey.
From being a BA history graduate, obtaining a master’s degree from Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), working in several news organisations, and starting her own digital media space in 2008, to becoming a successful entrepreneur, Shradha has come a long way. “I had written once that one should always remember their starting line. As we move forward in life we sometimes tend to forget it. In my case, I came from a background where expectations were less and sometimes our expectations from our own self is also less. So, to look back and retrospect the distance I have travelled makes me feel really good,” shares Shradha, who has been named the third most powerful influencer on LinkedIn in India, after Narenda Modi and Priyanka Chopra.
In 2008, Shradha says, there was a “madness” to start her own media platform, and without thinking twice, she flagged it off. “I didn’t think of money...I didn’t think of how hard it was going to be. I just wanted to be the voice of people, their business and ordeals. The last 10 years have been gratifying, hard, painful and sometimes even humiliating.There have been times when I wanted to give up. But, it’s all about waking up the next day and saying ‘I am going to move forward’. The purpose of telling these stories has driven me so far,” she shares. ....Read more