The birth of OTT platform STAGEx

YourStory UNCUT aims to explore the biggest challenges and failures startups and entrepreneurs have faced in their journeys. Today, Vinay Singhal of STAGE talks about his journey of building and losing a business and starting up again.
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Hello Readers,

In 2016, content website WittyFeed’s founders Vinay Singhal, Shashank Vaishnav, and Praveen Singhal woke up to a nightmare. The company—India’s answer to American company BuzzFeed—lost its Facebook page overnight. 

Later that year, the trio set out to build a Netflix for Bharat—STAGE, an artist and dialect-based OTT platform for Indians. Today, the hyperlocal video entertainment platform has recorded more than two million downloads and has over one lakh paying customers. 

This week, on YourStory UNCUT, Vinay of STAGE talks about his journey of building and losing a business and starting up again.

Despite facing years of struggle and rejections while building STAGE, the co-founder says he would not change a thing. 

“Jo hua acha hua (Whatever happened, happened for the best). It only made us better entrepreneurs in the process…If you don’t give up, life does give you a way out,” Vinay tells YourStory, Read More


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News & Updates

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

You must have passion and believe in what you are doing and be very consistent because everything takes time to materialise. 

- Sumbul Siddiqui, Founder and CEO, Knosh


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