Sharmin Ali, Founder & CEO, Instoried
Marilyn Monroe once said, "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." This success mantra for artists fits perfectly for the bold innovators in the corporate arena as well. More often than not, it is one's burning desire to create an impact and confidently making continuous efforts towards the same, despite being pulled down by others, is what truly makes a difference. This holds true for the story of Sharmin Ali (Founder & CEO, Instoried, and a bestselling author), who has always followed her heart with immense self-confidence despite the hardships, soaring off higher and higher every time she left a print. The Rollercoaster Ride After earning her engineering stripes in ECE from Visvesvaraya University, Sharminkick started her career in an analytics company, where she worked with Fortune companies in the U.S, helping them build their analytical capabilities, resulting in over $50M in revenue.
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|Fostering smart casuals for men and women, and branding on clever craftsmanship, quality fabrics, and aesthetics.
|Life And Half
|With skills like brand marketing, brand development, and brand management, she is utilizing her creative direction skills for success in startup culture.
|Creating a unique identity in the corporate realm, and working for antihuman trafficking, and providing skilling, and education.
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|Medical graduate and social entrepreneur who is passionate to help kids and women with sustainable prevention solutions in healthcare and education.
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|A dynamic personality with skills in manual testing, agile methodologies, requirement analysis, SDLC, system testing, selenium, and mobile testing.
|Rashmi is an inspirational figure for many and as an industry stalwart she has brought in revolutionary changes into the sector. Her entrepreneurial and leadership skills have helped her to achieve visionary status in the industry.
|A creative media company that primarily caters to the education and real estate sectors delivering ROI driven digital solutions.
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|Famous for her public speaking, writing, and entrepreneur skills, she has authored two books, one of which is an announced best seller by the New Indian Express, and the Oxford bookstores.
|Nurturing solutions for web technologies, search engine optimization, mobile application, brand design, digital marketing, graphic design, logo design, email marketing, and social media marketing, and training delivery.
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