Key trends that dominated India's internet space in 2019 (and other top stories of the day)

At YourStory’s first ‘Early Investor Summit’, Vaibhav spoke about the key trends that dominated the internet space in India in 2019. He highlighted some of the hottest themes that are working and will continue to work.

19th Dec 2019
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Every year, there are sectors that stand out and play out as themes—in terms of new businesses, trends, and so on—for the year or at least for part of the year. For 2019, if we were to hazard a guess on what those sectors were, the pick would be language, logistics, and enterprise software. 


“When the internet markets hit the 30 to 40 percent mark, the rate of startup creation takes a steep rise. India hit that in 2019, thanks to Jio. Apart from the fact that we have over nine unicorns now, the depth that these startups have is more,” Vaibhav Agrawal, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners said, pointing out the market today is open to entrepreneurs.


At YourStory’s first ‘Early Investor Summit’, Vaibhav spoke about the key trends that dominated the internet space in India in 2019. He highlighted some of the hottest themes that are working and will continue to work. 


Read his take on the future of Indian internet space here


Vaibhav Aggrawal

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YourStory Founder & CEO Shradha Sharma (right) in conversation with Sameer Nigam (left).

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PhonePe, Sameer Nigam

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