Anisha Singh, MyDala
She turned her daily deals startup MyDala around from the brink of failure in 2011, when the coupon model was unravelling with the troubles at Groupon. “It was tough. My second child was a few weeks old, and my older one, a toddler. But I wasn’t ready to give up on my company,” she told Tech in Asia in an earlier interview. Pushed into a corner, she made a bold turn towards mobile – back when smartphone penetration in India was a mere 5%. Today MyDala has a presence in over 200 Indian cities and 200 million registered users.
Sairee Chahal, Sheroes
Sairee, CEO and founder of Sheroes, is not just an inspiration for women, she’s also making a direct impact by finding jobs for them. “The idea for Sheroes came from the observation that I was surrounded by so many women who had left their career options behind for social responsibilities [such as raising a family]. I just want to show them that this doesn’t need to be the end of the road,” Sairee told Tech in Asia in a recent interview.
This former journalist is currently holding a “Sheroes summit” in major Indian cities to connect women professionals with businesses. “The push toward a Digital India is a watershed moment for all educated women in the country. Digital access is a boon to those who cannot engage in a typical 9-to-5 job yet wish to continue their careers,” says Sairee.
This is an excerpt from Tech in Asia. You can read the full article here.