From starting e-commerce sites to writing blogs that touch upon various aspects such as food, travel, lifestyle and wellness, these women entrepreneurs have made their mark in the online space.
With the boon of technology and internet, more and more entrepreneurs are now taking their businesses online. And as women today make their presence felt in almost every field, even in the digital space, there are many who have come forward and encashed various opportunities to build new ideas.
With their online ventures ranging from e-commerce sites to blogs, over the past few years, there are women who have made a name for themselves with their resilience and ingenuity. Let us take a look at eight of these women entrepreneurs who have taken over the digital space.
1. Suchita Salwan
An economics graduate from Delhi University, Suchita is the Founder of Little Black Book (LBB) — a local discovery digital platform. With an audience across age groups and areas of interest, LBB offers an online guide covering a wide spectrum of interests that include food, events, travel, adventure, lifestyle, and shopping, among other things. While speaking about LBB, Suchita earlier told YourStory,
For me, LBB was a way to document all that I loved discovering in Delhi, and hoping that through all the amazing things I found, I could inspire people to step out and discover Delhi using my recommendations.
2. Falguni Nayar
An IIM Ahmedabad graduate, Falguni resigned from her job as the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra to start her own e-commerce story ‘nykaa.com’. This Mumbai-based venture has captured the beauty and wellness market, offering a wide catalogue of beauty products at the doorsteps of millions of Indians. While talking about the beginnings of Nykaa, Falguni earlier said, “I saw the need for a multi-brand retail format that gives unbiased advice to consumers, while being able to guide them on the right products for their beauty and health concerns.”
3. Malini Agarwal
Malini is the woman behind the popular Indian digital entertainment platform MissMalini Publishing, which includes its flagship properties MissMalini.com, popular YouTube channel MissMaliniVideos, and a social media network of nearly 2 million followers. Addressing the appetite for Bollywood and lifestyle news, and fashion, she started her blog with a unique perspective and fresh voice. While speaking about her journey, she humbly told YourStory in an interview earlier,
There was also an element of luck and good timing, as I started blogging just as digital and social media started catching on in India.
4. Sakshi Talwar
Sakshi’s online venture for exclusive handmade carpets and home decor, Rugs and Beyond, aims to empower local weavers and artisans while selling ‘one-of-a-kind’ product to a global clientele. Not only does her endeavour eliminate the middlemen, but also offers an array of beautiful rugs to customers from different parts of the world. While sharing her story with MyStory, Sakshi said, “I am extremely proud to say that Rugs and Beyond is not only an e-commerce platform selling rugs and home décor products, but is also a startup with a social conscience.”
5. Richa Singh
Richa is working towards breaking the stigma of mental illness with her emotional wellness platform ‘YourDOST’. Understanding that many people fear talking about their issues due to social implications despite undergoing immense stress, she has created this platform where one can seek support from experts such as psychologists, psychotherapists, and mental wellness coaches.
6. Radhika Aggarwal
One of India’s most successful women entrepreneurs, Radhika is the Co-founder and Chief Business Officer at ShopClues. One of the top three online marketplaces in India, ShopClues focuses on consumers and sellers from tier-2 and tier-3 cities and has made them a true marketplace.
7. Pranshu Bhandari
With her brainchild CultureAlley, Pranshu aims to disrupt the way languages are practised by converting a learner's web browsing experience into their language classroom. She is the woman behind this young and hugely popular web-based way to learn languages, which has already taught different languages to lakhs of learners.
8. Sairee Chahal
Founder and CEO of SHEROES, Sairee has built a community platform for women, which offers them support, resources, opportunities and interactions through its website and mobile application. The platform exclusively offers a dedicated helpline for one-on-one counselling, to support women and their myriad aspirations. She once said,
Today, the world is highly connected. One can reach and stay connected across different corners of the world. We should also learn to work with machines, which have become more advanced. Besides making our work easier, machines have increased our capabilities.