My love for writing coalesced with entrepreneurship as I began writing my blog - eStylista which went on to become POPxo. In 2014, I moved back to India to launch POPxo, envisaged as a safe and engaging community helping Indian women lead their best lives
MY JOURNEYso far
I am the Founder & CEO of POPxo-Plixxo and Co-Founder & President of MyGlamm. In 2020, my life comes a full circle. After the successful merger with MyGlamm, amidst precarious Corona times, I have moved back to my favourite city with my husband and two children - my inspiration and my strength. It’s good to be back - even though it means waking up at 5am to start the work day with the MyGlamm-POPxo-Plixxo team in India.
My early years…
I was born in a small village in Punjab (Northern India). At the age of 6, I began my schooling at an all-girls boarding school - CJM Waverley. I completed my schooling at yet another all-girls boarding school VDJS, Hisar and went on to read English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi.
Moving to London…
In 2001, I graduated, got married, moved to London and began my career as a freelance writer. My 20s were a whirlwind - hosting charity and art events, contributing to and editing publications, investing in early stage companies and Modern Indian Art - with a busy family and social life as the hectic backdrop.
From blogging to founding POPxo...
As we worked with hundreds of brands on their marketing campaigns, the breakthrough of Influencer Marketing in India seemed imminent. So, we began building a tech-enabled platform to leverage this massive opportunity. In 2017, Plixxo was launched. It nurtured India's first generation of influencers - cheering them on as they truly came into their own.
POPxo-Plixxo Merges With MyGlamm
2020 was a landmark year. POPxo-Plixxo merged with MyGlamm - India’s leading beauty conglomerate and I joined MyGlamm as Co-founder & President, while continuing on as Founder & CEO of POPxo-Plixxo. Donning these dual hats, I now focus on areas that form my core strengths - content creation, digital & influencer marketing & PR, brand development, and team building. Building brands with a special focus on community is what I am most passionate about.
BACK TO SCHOOL(Part-time!)
An Executive MBA at Columbia and London Business School is the perfect way for me to consolidate and reflect on my journey so far, learn (and maybe re-learn) skills and concepts with a stellar peer-group and make meaningful connections. As it is a part-time degree - I get to apply new knowledge and skills in real-time everyday at POPxo - Plixxo - MyGlamm.
I'M A TiE DELHI NCRBoard Member
TiE is the world’s largest entrepreneurial organization that helps entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, education, funding and incubation. As a board member of the TiE Delhi-NCR chapter, I look forward to working with an amazing team and industry leaders to help turbocharge the Indian startup ecosystem by making it more equitable, diverse and representative.
Over the years, I have been actively involved with several charities. I was the co-chair of the Pratham Gala in 2009 & 2010, raising over GBP 3 Million for the charity. In 2011, as co-chairs of the Hare Ball, Michael Van Clarke and I raised GBP 300,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. I was the co-chair for the Akshaya Patra Gala in 2014. From 2017 to 2019, I was an advisory board member for the Savitri Waney Trust. I have also been a patron of the British Asian Trust. I have hosted several events at Missoni and Fendi to raise funds for charitable causes.
INVESTING INBlockchain & Crypto
With blockchain, we are at a new frontier in technology - it will have an immeasurable impact on our digital lives. As an advisor to ground- breaking companies like Polkarare and a seed investor in Kalamint - I am learning so much. A parallel world is in the making - exciting times!
As an angel investor, I have advised and supported several young companies in the hospitality, technology and media sectors including Bea's of Bloomsbury (food & hospitality, acquired by an American buyer), Raptor (industrial supplies marketplace, on-going), Sound Out (audio branding, on-going), Llustre (home goods marketplace, acquired by FAB). I continue to mentor and advise founders with a special interest in supporting female entrepreneurs.
INVESTING INModern Indian Art
There is something special in the seminal works of modern Indian artists like Tyeb Mehta, S.H. Raza, MF Hussein, and F.N. Souza. Built a collection that, at first, was overlooked by mainstream collectors but ultimately was profitably sold at Christie’s first auction in India.
STARTING OUT ASA Storyteller
I began my career as a journalist, contributing to The Independent, The Guardian, Travel & Leisure, Vogue India, Grazia India and Hello! India. I was also the contributing editor for Harper’s Bazaar India. In 2015, I was the editor of the Indian Edition of the Mayfair Times.