Shradha Sharma is the entrepreneur, founder, chief editor, and CEO of YourStory.com (YourStory founded in 2008 with the aim of championing the untold stories of entrepreneurship in India, it is an Indian digital media platform for the business person, entrepreneurs, startups, changemakers, and innovators).
Shradha Sharma was born on 6 July 1980 in Patna, Bihar, India. Her father was a merchant officer in the Navy. In her college life, she met Gaurav who is also an entrepreneur and they got married. During her YourStory.com journey, her mother passed away.
She did her schooling in Patna, Bihar then after done her graduated and master’s from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in 2003. She has also done DCM in Design Management from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004.
She is the founder and CEO of YourStory Media. After getting the degree in 2004, she was a brand advisor of The Times of India (2006-2007), then she also worked at CBNC TV18 as an Assistant Vice President ( 2007-2009).
AWARDS AND HONORS
• PAT Memorial Outstanding Alumnus Award -2016
• LinkedIn’s most viewed CEOs under Internet category -2016
• Listed amongst 500 LinkedIn Influencers across the world-2015
• L’Oreal Paris Femina Award for online influence
• Villgro Journalist of the Year Award in 2010 for her coverage of startups
• NASSCOM Ecosystem Evangelist Award for her efforts in building an inclusive startup community.
During her work, she met people who had jumped to try their luck in the Indian drama world. Being a youth, it was imperative to pay attention to this, while doing her work, she realized that there are many such entrepreneurs who have new startups which no one knows about and they do not even get any platform where they can start their own startups, can tell about business plans or people can know about them. It was not that there were no media at that time, people did not know about it or there was no news, but all these facilities were available only to big startups, all the media used to pay attention only to big startups. Then she got the idea to write her own blog and named her blog “YourStory”. This name proves to be quite right for her blog because here the story of small businesses and small entrepreneurs was kept in front of the world, due to which the new business started getting a lot of benefits and also inspired many new startups. Then it became a company from a blog. She strongly believes that stories have the power to transform, connect and inspire people all over the world. She is not interested in what the world considers beautiful, she wants to know the people’s scars, mistakes, and failures.