Forbes announced its seventh annual edition of ’30 under 30 Asia’ list. The list recognized 300 young trailblazers across the Asia-Pacific region. Several Indians from the fields of Media, Marketing & Advertising, Consumer Technology, Finance & Venture Capital were included in the Class 2022 of Forbes ‘30 under 30 Asia’ list.
Below are the Indians who got featured in the list from Media, Marketing & Advertising category.
Rohan Nayak, Cofounder, Pocket FM – The audiobook App cofounded by Nayak along with Nishanth K S and Prateek Dixit is enriching the lives of millions of audiobook lovers. Less than four years after its launch, the audio streamer claims to have more than 15 million monthly active users. The team has created and distributed more than 100,000 hours of long form content related to a range of topics from entertainment to education in eight languages. The Bangalore-based company has so far raised $94 million from investors such as Goodwater Capital, Tanglin Venture Partners and light speed India Partners.
Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju, Content Creator – As one of India’s first openly transgender doctors, Gummaraju uses her social media platforms with audience of almost 250,000 to address social, medical and legal issues on Instagram and YouTube. She strives to focus on creating a mainstream representation of LGBTQIA+ people and awareness around trans rights, challenges and life in general. She has also pushed to have conversion therapy made illegal and removed queerphobic content from medical textbooks.
Vivan Marwah, Author – Marwaha is the author of ‘What Millennials Want,’ a book about millennials in India. He travelled more than 30,000 kilometers across 13 Indian states to interview more than 900 millennials, educators, business leaders, and policymakers for his book, which details views on sex, marriage, work, politics and religion.
Masoom Minawala, Content Creator- The social media influencer created an e-commerce platform, Style Fiesta, and has expanded the presence globally, representing and promoting the Indian designers along the way. She was the first fashion blogger from India to attend Paris Fashion Week. She was also the first Indian creator to walk at Milan Fashion Week.
Ranveer Allahbadia and Viraj Sheth, Cofounders, Monk Entertainment, India- Sheth and Allahbadia cofounded talent agency and digital marketing firm Monk-E, offering services such as talent management, video production, social media management and influencer marketing. The Mumbai-based company was founded in 2017 in a garage after the two saw an opportunity in doing backend work for influencers. Now it has over 80 influencers – from fashion to fitness – on its books, who they say reach 300 million viewers monthly. Some of its notable clients include Nykaa Man, Puma, Skechers and Sony Music and Skechers.
Soniya Kundnani and Darshan Shah, Cofounders, NewsReach, India- The duo cofounded News Reach in 2018, India’s first content marketplace for local reporters and publishers. The company helps local news publishers from rural and semi-urban areas digitize so they can access bigger markets and monetize their content via advertisements and licensing.
Niharika NM, Content Creator India-The Los Angeles-based Indian comedian and content creator has two million Instagram followers and over 700,000 YouTube subscribers. Her recent video ‘Living Alone 101’ went viral on Instagram and hit 14 million views in just under 15 days. Another video, ‘One Way Street It Is’ hit 10 million views within a week last year. She has partnered with Netflix and Amazon Prime India and has worked with brands like BYJUs and OPPO.
Shreya Patel, Founder, Window Dreams Productions- Model-turned-filmmaker and mental health advocate, Shreya Patel tells stories that empower the voiceless. ‘Girl Up’, her first documentary as founder of Window Dreams Productions, tackled issues of domestic violence and human trafficking. During the pandemic, she remotely directed the 100-person cast of “Unity- #LOVESPREADS Faster Than Virus”a film showcasing the plight of the human spirit that was selected to close the Munich International Film Festival. She is currently a board advisor for Project EIFL (Educate India Financial Literacy).
Shlok Srivastava, Founder, Tech Burner-Srivastava’s channel Tech Burner focuses on gadget reviews, how-to, and life hacks, has accumulated over 8.3 million subscribers and millions in monthly viewer ships. He previously posted in English, but switched to Hindi. Srivastava also built a digital media company around the channel, managing two websites and social media accounts on Instagram and Facebook, covering tech and gadgets. Recently, Srivastava launched a clothing line brand, Overlays.
The Indians in the Consumers Technology list are Ravish Agrawal, Swatantra Kumar and Siddharth Srivastava- Cofounders, Able Jobs, Shreyans Sancheti and Harish Uthayakumar-Cofounders, Bluelearn, Jhansi Elango- Co-Ceo, Chutney, Shourya Agarwal, Rajat Gupta and Malhar Patil- Cofounders, Flam, Hardik Bansal, Harsh Vardhan Chhangani and Bhanu Pratap Singh Tanwar-Cofounders, FRND, Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash Jonnalagadda- Founder, Bhanzu, Harshit Awasthi, Ahmad Faraaz and Sashakt Tripathi- Cofounders, Kalam Labs, Javed Khatri- Chief Product Officer, eBikeGo, Arnav Kishore- Founder, Fireboltt, Nishant Chandra and Siddharth Maheshwari- Cofounders, Newton School, Bhavya Gohil and Atur Mehta- Cofounders, Squareoff, Sujay Suresh Kumar- Cofounder, Lilu.
Finance & Venture Capital
Lavika Aggarwal and Sajal Khanna- Cofounders, Akudo, Samyak Jain and Sowmay Jain- Cofounders, Instadapp Labs, Shiv Parekh- Founder, hBits.
The Arts (Art & Style, Food & Drink)
PubarunBasu, Photographer, Alfiya Attarwala and Sarrah Kapasi- Cofounders, D-Alive Health, Vidur Gupta- Cofounder, Third Eye Distillery, Harsh Kedia- Founder, A Diabetic Chef, Osheen Siva- Artist.