Shradha Sharma is the CEO of India's biggest digital media company covering startups and SMEs called YourStory. Over the last nine years, she has become the "voice of Indian startups" and a tremendous force in the startup ecosystem, closely interacting with key players such as CEOs of Indian unicorns, marquee investors and influential members of the government.
In 2015, she made it to the list of the top-500 LinkedIn Influencers from across the world. Along with the honourable Prime Minister NarendraModi, Shradha has been named the second most powerful influencer on LinkedIn in India. In the last nine years, she has published over 70,000 stories of entrepreneurs and on entrepreneurship in 12 languages, with a collective reach of over 50 million a month. As a result, her digital platform has become the go-to site for corporates who want to reach young, driven entrepreneurs as their target audience such as Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, Nvidia, and many more.
Shradha grew up in a conservative middle-class family in Patna, Bihar, before deciding to move to New Delhi to complete her bachelor's and master's degrees in History at St Stephen's College, where she topped both her courses. After graduating in design management from MICA, Ahmedabad, she worked as Brand Advisor with the Times of India Group. This was followed by a super-successful tenure at CNBC-TV18, where she became the media firm's youngest-ever AVP.
Her strong belief in entrepreneurship, enterprise, and that everyone has the right to tell their story, inspired her to found YourStory in 2008, when the word 'startup' was not even a contender for the spotlight it enjoys today. Many dismissed her idea as a blog, and some called it a hobby. But, like so many of the people it features, YourStory proved its detractors wrong, and how! Bootstrapped (and profitable!) for the first seven years, YourStory raised its first round of funding in August 2015 and followed it up with a second round two years later. The company is backed by Ratan Tata & UC Berkeley (UC-RNT), Kalaari Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, and 3one4 Capital.
A restless soul always seeking to do more, Shradha recently published her first book for startups and entrepreneurs. 'Cut the Crap and Jargon' is already a best seller. She has also expanded YourStory to Germany and is exploring opportunities in the US. Shradha has won several entrepreneurship awards. In 2016 and 2017, she was featured in Fortune magazine's '40 under 40' list of powerful Indians. She has also been featured in the global list of LinkedIn's Power Profiles for two consecutive years. In 2015, she won the ET award for Promising Entrepreneurs of India. That same year she was named aL'OrealFemina Online Influencer, and one of LinkedIn's top 3 online influencers in India and among the top 500 in the world. In June 2016, Shradha won CNBC-TV18's Young Women Business Leaders Award, and was featured in the Economic Times' list of 40 under 40 in July 2017.