ShareChat’s Farid Ahsan unpacks challenges of building a billion-strong user base

And that sort of self-belief is in abundance within Farid Ahsan, the COO and Co-founder of ShareChat, who spoke recently at TechSparks 2021, India's most influential startup-tech conference hosted by YourStory.
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Being an entrepreneur requires an extraordinary amount of self-belief, sometimes to the extent that even your close friends and family tend to believe that you are incredulous. 

And that sort of self-belief is in abundance within Farid Ahsan, the COO and Co-founder of ShareChat, who spoke recently at TechSparks 2021, India's most influential startup-tech conference hosted by YourStory.

As an indication of their ambition, Farid and his co-founders firmly believe the next big thing in social media, even at a global scale, is likely to come from India, and they are working to make that revolution happen today.

The ShareChat founders believe that when it comes to unleashing creativity in this country and monetising the short-video space in Bharat, all the startups are merely scratching the surface.

Talking about creating the largest indigenous social media and short-video platform, Farid acknowledged the importance of both luck and tenacity. 

He believes the last year, especially post-pandemic, has been a culmination of all the blood, sweat, tears, and hard work that has been put behind creating ShareChat. Read more.

Check out YourStory's full coverage of TechSparks 2021 here.

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

“Where we are is a leapfrog moment for India’s startup ecosystem and that acknowledgement is seeping into practices of VCs as well.”

Farid Ahsan, COO and Co-founder, ShareChat


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