Shradha Sharma Curated
Founder and CEO of YourStory.com
CURATED BY :
How does one overcome failure?
What mistakes you did in the entrepreneurial journey and what did you learn from them?
What impact is Yourstory creating for entrepreneurs and their startups?
As an entrepreneur,what do you think of exchange and sharing of ideas?
What do you think of Social Entrepreneurship in India?
How was your fundraising experience?
How did you build your brand?
What is Herstory and what is it's importance?
Tell us about your scaling up and recruitment process.
How do you monetize your business?
When did you take the plunge into entrepreneurship?
What is a new age parenting?
What was your motivation behind yourstory?
What problem did you identified in media industry?
How did you started your career?
Do you see more chances or more dangers coming from digitalisation?
A lot more chances. Of course there’s fake news on the internet, and there are issues to resolve, like cyber security and so on. On the other hand, things will evolve; we have to – and we will – find appropriate safeguards. I am very optimistic about that. These are the early symptoms of a profound transformation that has just started.
Do you consider yourself as Digital Native?
Yes I am. When I started my platform nine years ago I had no clue, but now I am the biggest champion of the digital world. Why? Because it’s a tool for normal people who don’t have a lot of money. It doesn’t matter what their legacy is or what background they come from. Anyone can go out and create an equitable world with an equal voice. I am the best example of this.
As the creator of Yourstory, What's your personal story??
I used to work as a journalist for media organisations, for the CNBC news channel and the Times of India. After a while I realised that the media are very obsessed with success. When you’ve achieved something, you make it into the news, you make headlines. That started to bother me because it’s easy to write about successful people. What about the less celebrated people who have dreams and a sense of purpose, but are only just beginning to fulfil that? I asked myself how I could contribute and help give shape to their ideas.
Some people feel digitalisation is widening the gap between countries, others say it will close it. What do you think?
I think it will help close it. For instance, with the help of digitalisation India has taken huge steps, also economically, so I consider it a tool for development. In the next five years we’ll see a much more connected and equitable world.
Would you say the digital world is particularly promising for women and poor people?
It will do more good to women and poor people, definitely. In India, of our 1.3 billion people, 800 million have smartphones. They can express themselves, they can reach out, they can create business opportunities even in remote villages. That is unprecedented. The hurdles to participation are much lower than before – and that’s beneficial for vulnerable people.
How do you find the people and their stories?
In the beginning we looked for them ourselves, just like any good journalist would. We were searching for the unique angle. Now, we get 400 to 500 mails per day from people who want to get heard. We select the stories and then write them up.