Voice of the Young
Shiv Bhaskar Dravid 26 FOUNDER The Viewspaper, Gurgaon
The content that Shiv publishes on youngsters by youngsters is a class apart.”
Ravishankar, Co-founder of proto.in, a support platform for start-ups
When he was 21, he started an online publication called
The Viewspaper, a forum where youngsters could be heard. “I wanted to dispel the notion that young people are incapable of having a serious opinion,” says Shiv Bhaskar Dravid. Within a month of launch, he had 40 college-going contributors. In less than five years, The Viewspaper has 10,000 registered contributors. From write-ups on everything—politics, the Budget, environment and movies—the website has branched into photojournalism and videos. In January, The Viewspaper launched a 72-hour tweetathon aimed at changing the tone on Twitter from negative to positive. “We even had celebrities like Kiran Bedi pitching in,” says the self-confessed workaholic. His turnover for 2011-12 is expected to touch Rs 20 lakh. The website is currently setting up a campaign on women’s security.
Theviewspaper was adjudged as one of the top eight socially focused businesses in the world by the Virginia-based Ashoka Foundation in 2011.
In Anna’s Army
Dravid helped Team Anna strategise on how to leverage the online media.