Team YS

Shradha Sharma, Founder and looking for a designation that sums up the “real life of a founder” | shradha@yourstory.com 

Shradha Sharma is the Founder and Chief Editor of YourStory. Shradha lives her life in stories. And believes, every story is unique and every story matters. Armed with degrees from St. Stephens College, Delhi and MICA, Ahmedabad, prior to founding YourStory Shradha worked with Times of India and CNBC TV18. In 2015, she was selected in the list of 500  LinkedIn Influencers across the world.Also in 2015 (March) Sharma received the L’Oreal Paris Femina Award for Online Influence.

Jubin Mehta | jubin@yourstory.com

Jubin is a prolific writer and has covered more than a 1000 Indian startups for YourStory over the past few years. An engineer from NIT Surat, he has a knack for analysis and has a keen eye on upcoming startups across domains. On the other side, his interests in eco-construction and farming have led him to move his base to a village in Himachal Pradesh where he helps initiatives like Dharti Pukare, Aavishkaar and Infinity.

Priyanjana Dutta | priyanjana@yourstory.com

Originally from Shillong, journalist and independent filmmaker Priyanjana Dutta grew up in the capital city of Meghalaya and then later moved to New Delhi. A journalist for more than 20 years, she began with United Television and then moved on to NDTV’s award winning documentary team, India Matters. She was an NDTV sports anchor before she joined CNN-IBN in 2005 as their Bangalore bureau chief. As an independent filmmaker her focus has been on developmental issues. Photography, filmmaking, travelling and reading are her passion.

Dipti Nair | dipti@yourstory.com 

Less is more. If there’s anything that my years in print journalism have taught me, it is this. And that’s how I choose to live. Along the way, I have enjoyed my stints in other mediums like television, radio and now the Web. When not surrounded by startup stories, I like to travel in search of inspiring stories myself. You can find them in ‘The National Geographic Traveller, India’ and ‘India Today, Travel Plus’. I also take time out to teach pottery; and at present run the risk of being bitten by what we at YS call the E bug!

Chandan Raj | chandan@yourstory.com

Chandan is the pillar of strength at YourStory or so he has been told over the last few years. Previously he was at IBM Software Labs. Apart from doing everything that can be done to make things work in a high energy startup like YS, Chandan focuses on learning about founders, innovators and changemakers psyche and natural systems evolution. He is also a Fellow @Sandbox_Network and Co-founder @Aashayein Foundation, an NGO empowering underprivileged children through education.

Kirti Punia | kirti@yourstory.com

Kirti currently handles marketing, partnerships and campaigns at YourStory. She is a VIT University alumnus and had a brief stint at Deloitte India before joining YourStory. When she joined in early 2013, she instantly fell in love with the inspiring stories and the innovation coming from the nooks and corners of India. An eternal lover of Italian food, she can’t imagine her life without two things – good coffee & good books.

Ezhilan Baskar | ezhilan@yourstory.com

Ezhilan is the go-getter in YourStory, who leaves no stone unturned to make things happen. Yeah, the stone sometimes hits the poor mortals around him, but, he is on a chase to make the impossible become possible everyday. He is at it, and drives everyone to it too.

Abhash Kumar | abhash@yourstory.com 

When he is not over-analyzing random stuff, Abhash likes to read a lot and write a little. He has helped co-found Gyan Lab, an education startup while still at college. Most of the time, you can find him hanging out with startuppers and go-getters OR convincing people why Koramangala is the best place on earth. His (not so) secret wish is to be endowed with the deduction skills of Sherlock Holmes.

Tanvi Dubey | tanvi@yourstory.com

A sucker for most things ancient Tanvi loves old books and ruins. Tanvi gets a kick from visiting monuments and decoding “stories from sites”. This complements her graduate and post-graduate degrees in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.She loves to groove on desi beats on the dance floor. Reading who dun its and American crime series add to the thrill of life. Her fluency in Bhojpuri (yes Bhojpuri) is matched by her passion for gourmet cooking.Love and passion according to her are the answer to all the troubles in the world.

Emmanuel Amberber | emmanuel@yourstory.com

Emmanuel is an EIR at YourStory/Africa. An Ethiopian by Passport but Hyderabadi by heart. Also, he is co-founder of FlyingCocoon, a social media agency. Loves startups, tech, entrepreneurship, and the intersection of India & Africa.

Jai Vardhan | jai@yourstory.com

Starting his career as a crime reporter with ‘The Indian Express’, Jai Vardhan is a storyteller, erstwhile entrepreneur and a habitual prankster. He is inclined towards entrepreneurship, philosophy and startups, not necessarily in that order. He likes connecting the dots, breaking news, nose and beliefs – ‘To wake up in life one must fall asleep’. Chase him @jaivardhan88

Aditya Dwivedi | aditya@yourstory.com 

Known for his borrowed old b/w phone, Bhushan prefers playing snake to Temple Run. You can find him online dissipating wisdom on Quora or offline in bookstores. He likes trolling people and then clicks the constipated look on their face. His next book is, “The Dysentery Destroyers”.

Rukmangada Raja | raja@yourstory.com

A Diploma holder in Cinematography, Raja has.worked with India TV and CNBC TV18 as a senior Cameraman.He joined YourStory last year. He loves reading and enjoys music and watching sports. He likes travelling too.

Anjali V | anjali@yourstory.com

As a child Anjali was into visual media, watching movies/stories on TV. Now she enjoys making visual stories at YourStory. She has worked with CNBC-TV 18 and with Times Now as video editor and video producer at News 9. She enjoys music and plays the veena. Her love for movies continues. Women leaders and entrepreneurs are her inspiration.

Madanmohan Rao | madan@yourstory.com

Madan is a Level 6 Certified Gypsy, which means he gets jet lag only when he doesn’t travel. He is not satisfied with having visited only 80 countries, he wants to see them all — and then once more to see what has changed. The only thing he likes better than reading and devouring books is writing them, of which he has already penned 15. Madan’s hobbies include beer appreciation and travel, and his work involves research, writing, and consulting in innovation. For fun (which can also be work!) he is a columnist and DJ/RJ in world music and jazz. Turn-offs are bores, slow talkers, and corrupt clueless people who hold back progress. He is thoroughly enjoying being Asia’s most eligible bachelor.

Aditya Pahuja | apahuja@yourstory.com

Aditya lives in a world of imagination. He is a storyteller who is obsessed with animation. And, when he comes out of his imaginative world you can expect design to happen.

Vallabh Rao | vallabh@yourstory.com

Vallabh Rao has been part of YourStory since 2009 . He is currently based in Beijing, China where is learning Chinese, getting to know the Chinese tech/startup industry and mastering how to eat with chopsticks! He writes about startups with a focus on Asia and social/green entrepreneurship among other topics. He has previously worked with various organizations in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem including Ashoka, Unitus Capital, Changemakers and Rockefeller Foundation.

Akash Das | akash@yourstory.com

Akash has been with YourStory since its inception and is the hands on member of our team. Always ready to help, Akash naturally found YourStory to his liking.