Recently Impact magazine (exchange4media Group) announced “Icons of India’s Digital Ecosystem“. The event was held in Gurgaon on December 22, 2012. Anurag Batra, Founder of exchange4media gave a very brief speech as he did not want to interrupt the fun people were having (ok fine, drinks + brunch).
- The people on the list are very powerful and we have used power as a synonym for “positive”.
- Power is the ability to affect change.
- More wealth is being created in the digital ecosystem than in the pure play advertising business (print).
- A celebrity is a person who works hard all his or her life to become well known then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
All of the above points don’t apply to me but happy to be amongst the digital celebrities.
I don’t get to meet many from the internet world in India. Reasons could be I am based in Bangalore and all action when it comes to sales & parties happen in Mumbai and Delhi. Most in the digital world know of me and they definitely know Oneindia.com. So they were able to put a face to my name now.
The list of 100 had people from various fields of digital world – ecommerce, content, advertising, creative, agencies and most importantly the people with the real money – the VCs!
My partner Rajesh Jain was ranked #28 and myself at #75.
Anurag Batra made sure to mention the list was not a reflection of valuation of a company. It was about how much one had contributed to their field.
Needless to say without the support from the awesome team of 180 at Oneindia.in my work wouldn’t have been recognized.
Thanks to my team at Oneindia, from Sriram Hebbar our CEO, editors of English & language channels, channel heads of our verticals, team members for making this happen. Thanks to Impact for recognizing the people on the list.