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DHANYA RAJENDRAN, 36

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The News Minute

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Dhanya Rajendran’s online news startup, The News Minute (TNM), has grown into a distinct voice on regional coverage in the English news media space despite being in a highly competitive market. Now, TNM is mulling a paid app service focussed on news from the south. The 36-year-old journalist turned entrepreneur in 2014 when she co-founded TNM, along with her husband, Vignesh Vellore, and veteran journalist Chitra Subramaniam. TNM focusses on news from India’s five southern states and claims to clock about 6.5 million unique visitors a month. In an increasingly competitive digital news market, Rajendran’s startup has developed a “very distinct voice” on regional coverage in the English news media space, says Ritu Kapur, co-founder, Quintillion Media—a digital media company she started with Raghav Bahl, founder of Network18—and an investor in TNM.

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