From growing up in the small town of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh to launching a startup that has been vital in connecting and empowering millions of women online, Sairee Chahal’s journey has been phenomenal. Chahal is the CEO and founder of SHEROES, the women-only social network, which has 22 million members, currently, and counting.
“My mom was a homemaker, life was slow but I sensed many dreams, aspirations brewing in the people around me, especially women,” Chahal explains. She moved to Delhi, did her Master’s in Russian language from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and launched her first start-up in 1999, at a time when the internet was still at its nascent stage in India. Chahal’s first venture was Newslink Services – the country’s first magazine catering specifically to mariners, which had operations in India, the Philippines and Cyprus.
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