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Shradha Sharma, 35

Founder and CEO

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Sharma, who has nurtured YourStory into India’s largest startup media platform, says it has published over 22,000 startup stories on its website (ranked 283 in India by Alexa). She launched YourStory eight years ago as a platform to discover and champion entrepreneurs after stints with CNBC TV18 and The Times of India. The early days were a grind because there was no startup culture in the country; 2015 was a breakout year as Sharma secured funding from Kalaari Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, T.V. Mohandas Pai, and Ratan Tata. In a key move, she extended YourStory to 12 Indian languages apart from English, reaching nearly 64 million people. “We want to become the No. 1 destination for everyone to write, share, and read stories,” says Sharma, after a year that saw her break into LinkedIn’s top 500 influencers globally.