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Startup stars Bhavish Aggarwal, Binny Bansal, and Girish Mathrubootham make it to the 2018 LinkedIn Power List

Sindhu Kashyap
23rd Aug 2018
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and actress Priyanka Chopra top LinkedIn Power Profiles 2018, which celebrate the most viewed professionals in India. 

Professional social networking platform LinkedIn has announced the fifth edition of India’s Power Profiles 2018. The annual list showcases the most-viewed professional CEOs in the sectors of technology, finance, human resources, marketing and advertising, and the more recently introduced social impact category. 

The influencers who retained their spot on the LinkedIn Power Profiles list include:

Narendra Modi

One of the most popular political leaders in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's profile lists leadership, administration, organisation, and government as his top skills. His focus on pro-citizen good governance has kept him on top of the LinkedIn Influencers' list.

Priyanka Chopra

India's most famous export to Hollywood, actor Priyanka Chopra is among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People this year. The award-winning actress has been conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honor, the Padma Shri.

Shradha Sharma 

The Founder and CEO of YourStory Media, Shradha Sharma believes stories have the power to transform, connect, and inspire people all over the world. Her startup chronicles the narratives of entrepreneurs across the world, delivering inspiration to millions.

Vijay Shekar Sharma

Vijay Shekar Sharma founded Paytm in August 2010, and the digital wallet company was one of the biggest beneficiaries of India's demonetisation move. Today, Paytm is available in 10 Indian languages and is used by over 7 million merchants.

Xiaomo India VP and MD Manu Kumar Jain and Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw made this year’s list again.

The new entrants on the list include:

Binny Bansal

Binny Bansal, CEO and Cofounder of Flipkart

Flipkart Co-founder and CEO Binny Bansal built Indian ecommerce biggie Flipkart with Sachin Bansal in a two-bedroom flat in Koramangala, Bengaluru. The company was recently acquired by Walmart, and Binny Bansal decided to stay on as Flipkart Group CEO.

Bhavish Aggarwal

Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola

The Founder of Ola Cabs, Bhavish Aggarwal, began to change the way India commuted in 2011. Ride-hailing platform Ola has raised roughly $2.5 billion from SoftBank, Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, Tencent, DST Global, and others. It is now India’s third-most valuable startup, after Flipkart and Paytm.

Girish Mathrubootham

Freshworks CEO Girish Mathrubootham

Girish Mathrubootham's Freshworks, which began life as Freshdesk in October 2010, is India's best-known software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup. Freshworks recently joined India’s unicorn club at a $1.5 billion valuation, after raising $100 million funding.

Ananth Narayanan

Myntra and Jabong CEO Ananth Narayanan is on a mission to disrupt and transform the way fashion is sold and consumed in India. Together, Myntra and Jabong now command 40-42 percent of the online fashion market share and are close to hitting profitability.

Powerful professionals

Some of the key women leaders who made it to the power list include Suchita Salwan, CEO and Founder, Little Black Book; Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM (Technology); and Nisaba Godrej, Chairperson and CEO, Godrej Consumer Products . 

The names in the Social Impact Category include Ruchi Khemka, VP-CSR, Deutsche Bank India; Shruti Kapoor, Programme Manager India at McKinsey Social Initiative ; Kiran Verma, Founder of Simply Blood; Vineet Nayar, Founder and Chairman, Sampark Foundation; Rachna Sharma, Founder and CEO Vision 2021; and Sheetal Mehta, Chief-CSR at Mahindra & Mahindra.  

The 73 professionals are chosen industry experts who are believed to have a strong voice, shape trends, and have grown to be thought leaders and influential professional brands.

In a press statement, Srividya Gopani, Director, Brand and Consumer Marketing, Asia-Pacific and China, said,  “LinkedIn Power Profiles 2018 is a celebration of the most viewed professionals in India, those who are great examples of strong professional brands that inspire our 50+ million members across the country. These Power Profiles have not only had exciting journeys, but they participate in meaningful dialogue, offer perspectives, and continue to engage all our members, including young career starters. Success means different things to different people, and we hope these inspiring professional journeys help others find theirs.”

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