In a significant development, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has elected Harsh Jain, the founder of Dream11, as its new chairperson. With this appointment, Indian entrepreneurs are seeking to assert their influence over policy-making in the rapidly evolving technology and startup sector. Rajesh Magow of MakeMyTrip has been appointed as the vice chairperson, and Satyan Gajwani of Times Internet will serve as the Treasurer. The newly formed 24-member governing council, devoid of any Big Tech representation, aims to pave the way for an industry-focused approach to foster growth and innovation.
I. The Rise of Harsh Jain: Dream11 Founder Takes the Helm Harsh Jain, renowned for his groundbreaking work in the fantasy sports industry, has been elected as the chairperson of IAMAI. As the founder of Dream11, a leading online fantasy gaming platform, Jain brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. His vision for the future of technology and startups in India is expected to shape IAMAI’s agenda during his tenure.
II. Rajesh Magow and Satyan Gajwani Assume Key Roles: Rajesh Magow, the co-founder and group CEO of MakeMyTrip, a prominent online travel company, will join Harsh Jain as the vice chairperson of IAMAI. Magow’s extensive knowledge of the travel and e-commerce sectors will be instrumental in driving industry-focused initiatives. Meanwhile, Satyan Gajwani, the managing director of Times Internet, will serve as the Treasurer, bringing his experience in digital media and content platforms to contribute to IAMAI’s strategic decisions.
III. IAMAI’s 24-Member Governing Council: A Diverse Lineup of Industry Experts The newly formed governing council of IAMAI comprises a diverse group of 24 industry leaders, representing various sectors within the technology and startup ecosystem. These individuals have been elected to the council based on their exceptional contributions and expertise. Among the notable members are Ajay Kaushal of Billdesk, Alok Mittal of Indifi, Aloke Bajpai of Ixigo, and Anant Goenka of Indian Express. Each member is expected to bring unique insights and perspectives to the table, fostering collaboration and innovation.
IV. Strengthening Industry Representation: A Transition Towards Homegrown Innovation With the absence of Big Tech members in the governing council, the election results underscore the Indian entrepreneurs’ desire to exert greater influence over policy-making and decision-making processes. This transition toward homegrown representation indicates a shift towards fostering indigenous innovation and nurturing startups that cater to the specific needs of the Indian market. By empowering local entrepreneurs, IAMAI aims to shape an ecosystem that fosters growth, competitiveness, and inclusivity.
V. IAMAI’s Commitment to Industry Advocacy and Growth: IAMAI, as an industry body, plays a crucial role in shaping policies that drive the growth and sustainability of the technology and startup sector in India. With Harsh Jain at the helm, supported by Rajesh Magow, Satyan Gajwani, and the newly appointed governing council, IAMAI is poised to be at the forefront of advocating for favorable regulations, promoting digital entrepreneurship, and fostering innovation. By actively engaging with stakeholders and policymakers, IAMAI aims to create an environment that enables India’s tech industry to thrive and excel on a global scale.
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