There are a number of talented and fearless women taking up to entrepreneurship and this number has only been increasing with time. Here are some of these women and their stories.
1. Anisha Singh
Anisha Singh, along with Arjun Basu and Ashish Bhatnagar founded Mydala. Mydala is a coupon and discount platform in India. Founded in 2009, currently it operates in 209 cities with an approximate reach of 28 million users.
Anisha studied from University of Delhi subsequently from Washington D.C, studying art, political communication, management and information systems marketing. She also worked with the Clinton Administration to help women entrepreneurs raise funds for innovative women led-businesses.
Mydala is her second startup and the first Indian startup. Mydala comes from a sanskrit word that literally translated to my group, Dala meaning group. The idea was to provide discounts to customers in a group setting.
Anisha believes that being an entrepreneur can be extremely challenging and can also help you understand a lot about yourself. “The best part about being the CEO is that I get to be the ‘jack of all trades’ and do a bit of everything and yes am cool with being ‘master of none’ since there are plenty of great people on my team who are amazing at what they do.” said Anisha Singh.
2. Neeru Sharma
Neeru Sharma is the Co-founder and Director of Infibeam.com. The website offers a cloud-based e-commerce platform service in B2C and B2B verticals and is recognised globally for its innovative approach towards delivering business values and responsive to changing customer needs.
Sharma took to entrepreneurship post her marriage. Her family’s support helped her broaden her vision as she got immense freedom to take risks and make her choices.
Having worked at Amazon, prior to Infibeam helped Neeru to a great extent, as it was her first role in e-commerce and retail.
Neeru Sharma believes that there is no difference in the kind of challenges you face because of you gender. The challenges are the same regardless of your gender.
3. Sairee Chahal:
Shairee Chahal is the founder and CEO at Sheroes – an online career destination for women. She completed her M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University in International Relations and further went to IMT, Ghaziabad for a PG in business management.
Sheroes is a career destination for women. You can find opportunities, get career guidance from mentors, access career resources and be a part of a community exclusively for urban professional women.
Chahal has been nominated for the Editor’s choice for L’oreal Femina Women’s Award, she is also a Cartier Women’s Award Initiative for 2012 alumni, a TED speaker, Business Today, Most Powerful Women in Indian Business 2012 and has been featured on shows like Young Turks, Pioneering Spirit and What Women Want. Sairee has been nominated and accepted as an Aspen Fellow – a global leadership fellowship.
4. Niharika Jhunjhunwala:
This Economics major went after her love for cosmetics. Niharika Jhunjhunwala from Kolkata studied economics and management from the London School of Economics, before a brief stint with the Cabinet Secretariat in Delhi. And then Sugarbox happened – a mail-order subscription service with perfect delights for every woman.
Specially curated for each subscriber, the box includes full-size fashion, beauty, lifestyle and gourmet products. The idea behind this is that you don’t need anybody else to pamper yourself and make you feel special.
One may subscribe to this service by choosing from their monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and yearly subscription plans. The plans are designed to ensure that each Sugarbox has products worth more than what you pay for. It is delivered at the end of every month.
5. Radhika Ghai Aggarwal:
Radhika Ghai Aggarwal did her post graduation in Advertising and Public Relations. After marketing stints in Nordstorm and Abhivyakti, Radhika created Shopclues in July 2011 and has been helming it for the last 5 years.
Gurgaon based online marketplace ShopClues promises ‘wholesale ka rate’ to all their customers. They also provide good deals and value-added financial services to all. Customer-centric in nature, it aims to build a relationship of trust with each customer, through a good experience.
At work, Ghai believes and encourages women in her company to come forward and talk about the challenges they face. Every women’s day, in particular, she gathers all the women in her office to sit and talk about their concerns and troubles. Thus helping her understand the importance of the influence of women leaders.