Women’s Day Special: Big Ideas that inspired these women to take the plunge
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you” – Oprah Winfrey
We’ve often heard people say ”this one big idea changed my life”. Have you wondered about the core nucleus of the idea? A big idea stems what you believe in, and where you can show your involvement to have the greatest impact towards. This impact can influence people, while also showing the world about your talent. Women from all over the world are braving the odds, to execute that ‘one big idea’, creating success stories serves as an inspiration to other women.
If led in the right direction, women entrepreneurs in India can generate 150-170 million jobs by 2030. With great power, comes great responsibility and the world sees some fabulous women leading the front. Presenting to you, some women entrepreneurs of India whose big ideas helped bridge gaps in the business world, while managing to who shatter the glass-celling and stay relevant for today’s consumer.
Divya Gokul Nath
”There is a superwoman in all of us.”
Co-founder of Byju’s
India’s leading ed-tech platform’s co-founder and director is Divya Gokul Nath. Much before her stint at Byju’s, Divya began her career as a teacher. When she was planning to apply for universities abroad, she decided to hone her maths skills and heard about Byju’s classes. Although she cracked the exams of universities in the US, Divya decided to stay back in India and teach classes for Maths, English, and Reasoning. After the development of Byju’s, she began appearing in several of Byju’s video lessons where she took classes for Classes VIII, IX, and X, and Maths for Classes V and VI. The company is now valued at $8 billion.
”Make a dreaming mandatory. Let the girls have ambition. That’s a start.”
Founder of Lime Road
An e-commerce website, Suchi got the idea to build it during her maternity holidays. When she was reading a magazine in London and wanted to buy a piece of jewellery featured on it, she could not do so because it was from a small store in Mumbai. It was then that she realised that there was no consumer technology that made the discovery of lovely accessories and products shipped worldwide, and there wasn’t a website which featured products as if it were it were in a magazine. She then started Limeroad, now the website has over 1.5 million scrapbooks
”Think big but start small”
Founder of Nykaa
The Indian e-commerce website was started by IIM-A alumnus and former Managing director Kotak Bank, when she was 50 years old. The idea came to Falguni Nayar when she shopped at multi-branded store like Sephora, where despite of not being a regular consumer of beauty products, felt the need to buy products after the right guidance. That’s how she decided to bring Naykaa to India, she also wanted the women of India to feel empowered. Nykaa is now Rs 280 crore cosmetic and wellness product retailer.
”When you start something new, the ecosystem doesn’t accept you easily, people say no. But hold tight”
Founder at Zaakpay and Co-Founder at MobiKwik
Having completed her MS in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, US. Upasana Taku went on learn about payment system when she joined Paypal in the same country. After seeking for newer challenges in her career, Upasana decided to come to India, and realised that there are no ‘cashless’ system like Paypal in India. After intense research and work, she started MobiKwik, India’s first mobile wallet. Within seven years since it first started MobiKwik got a whopping 35 million users.
“When you know you have to fend for yourself every inch of the way, it gives you a different kind of grit and tenacity”
Founder of Yourstory
Way before she became the founder of the popular website Yourstory, Shradha Sharma was working with National TV channels. During her stint there, she pitched an idea on featuring success stories of entrepreneurs to the channels, only to have the idea rejected. She then used this a way to turn it into a business, by sharing these stories on the website. Started in 2008, Yourstory now creates content in 11 different languages.
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