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From Dropout to Shark: The Inspiring Journey of Inshorts Co-Founder Azhar Iqubal

Azhar Iqubal dropped out from IIT Delhi to start Inshorts Application

News has traditionally been consumed in long, detailed articles, but in today’s fast-paced world, readers often don’t have the time to dive into lengthy stories. For those who want to stay updated quickly, Inshorts offers a better option by delivering breaking news and updates in just 60 words. This innovative approach allows users to get to the heart of what’s happening around them without spending much time.

The founder of Inshorts was invited to the third season of Shark Tank India. Iqubal’s entrepreneurial journey began as a daring experiment. In 2013, Iqubal, along with Deepit Purkayastha and Anunay Arunavi, turned a simple Facebook page into a revolutionary application. The idea was simple but effective: to deliver news in a compact format that perfectly fits the busy lives of today’s users. The program’s success was rapid and widespread, leading to its inclusion in Nasscom’s prestigious 10,000 Startups program.

Iqubal’s path to success wasn’t conventional. He dropped out of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, where he was studying computer science and mathematics. Reflecting on his decision to leave IIT, Iqubal shared, “Ten years ago, as I was stepping into my 20s, I took a leap of faith and dropped out of IIT Delhi to start Inshorts. The last decade has been a wild ride, full of excitement.”

Under Iqubal’s leadership, Shortcuts quickly became one of India’s most popular news applications with millions of users. The platform was noted for its impact on media consumption patterns and cemented Iqubal’s reputation as a visionary entrepreneur. In 2016, Forbes India recognized his achievements by including him in the prestigious “30 under 30” list.

Azhar Iqubal’s story resonates in today’s rapidly evolving world, where unconventional paths and innovative ideas are celebrated more than ever. His journey from an IIT dropout to a successful entrepreneur and now a Shark Tank judge highlights the importance of resilience, creativity, and the willingness to take risks.

Inspired by this model, Headlines of Today, a media company, has joined hands with Inshorts to enhance the reader experience, ensuring users stay informed and engaged with brief, impactful news summaries.

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