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As an entrepreneur, I am on a mission to include a billion people in the nation's digital narrative. Empowered by VerSe Innovation and our family of apps across Dailyhunt, Josh and PublicVibe, a social revolution around vernacular digital enablement is taking place. One that is fair, free from echo chambers and respectful of people’s privacy.
The hegemony of English owing to our colonial heritage & the dominance of the duopoly has limited a large section of our society from accessing quality information. Through my startup VerSe Innovation, local India or Bharat has begun to discover the internet in a language that speaks to their heart. Dailyhunt, Josh & PublicVibe give people an instrument that provides them with a gateway to be a part of the global digital revolution. It does so in their language. So that not only people understand and share stories that are important to them but feel too.
Bharat has found a destination that has provided a platform to the billion stories that emanate from diversity, culture, traditions and the vibrant society of Bharat. At VerSe we inform, entertain and enrich 350 million people a month in 14 different languages using core, cutting edge artificial intelligence. While we find opportunities aplenty in this inclusive paradigm, one must always rise beyond the apparent to realise that the quest is at best in a nascent stage.
Because beyond the cutting edge artificial intelligence and a massive professional network, it is human empathy that drives the growth engine at VerSe. We have been successful in creating India’s largest Digital media based local language platform. However, this is the beginning for us and while the journey to build the digital-human connection in their mother tongue continues, until we enrich the lives of a billion people there is much work to be done.
Umang Bedi | Co-Founder, VerSe Innovation (Dailyhunt & Josh Apps)
Umang is the Co-Founder of VerSe Innovation, a content technology platform company and India’s first tech unicorn focused on local languages whose algorithms power Dailyhunt, India’s largest content & news discovery platform across 14 Indian languages and Josh, India’s leading short video app and PublicVibe, India’s leading Hyperlocal Content & Services video app.
Umang deeply believes in giving back to society. With one suicide taking place every 14 seconds he is committed to tackling the problem of Mental Health through Librum, Mind O2 & InnerHour.
Prior to Dailyhunt, Umang was the Managing Director at Facebook India and South Asia, where he was instrumental in growing India to the largest market in the world for Facebook and driving exponential revenue growth. Before Facebook, Umang was the Managing Director at Adobe for the South Asia region and was responsible for growing the business in India making it one of the leading markets for Adobe in the APAC and global regions. At Intuit Inc., Umang served as the Managing Director for India & Emerging markets, where he led the company’s business and execution of the region’s strategic plans.
Umang is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and an engineering graduate from the University of Pune. He is the recipient of the ’40 Under Forty: India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award’ given by The Economic Times and Spencer Stuart in 2014, ‘GQ’s 50 Most Influential Young Indians’ for 2016 & 2017, Fortune India 40 under 40 in 2017, ‘Influencer of the Year‘ in 2018 by Business World and ‘Media Game Changer of the Year’ in 2019 by the International Advertising Association and EY Entrepreneur of the Year (Finalist) in 2020. He is a Fellow of the seventh class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.