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Azhar Iqubal

Entrepreneur Azhar Iqubal

Azhar Iqubal, the CEO of Inshorts and founder of Public, brings his notable expertise to Shark Tank India Season 3 as a judge. His successful leadership at Inshorts, renowned for its English news app, has garnered significant acclaim. Azhar’s role as a judge is generating excitement, and he is eager to encourage and inspire the entrepreneurial dreams of India’s youth.

Azhar Iqubal Bio / Wiki

Real NameAzhar Iqubal
Nick NameAzhar
Also Known AsCEO of Inshorts (A News App)

Azhar Iqubal Age

Birth Date07 October 1992
Age (as of 2024)31 Years
Zodiac SignLibra

Azhar Iqubal Height & Weight

Height (Approx)In Feet –  5’10”
In Centimeters – 178 cm
Weight (Approx)In Kilogram – 74 kg
In Pounds – 163 lbs

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MotherNazma Farid

Azhar Iqubal Girlfriend / Wife

Marital StatusUnmarried
ChildrenSon – N/A
Daughter – N/A

Background & Religion

Mother TongueHindi
Food HabitsNon-vegetarian
HobbiesSinging, Travelling
BirthplaceKishanganj, Bihar, India
ResidencyNew Delhi, India

Early Life, Education & Career

College / UniversityThe Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D), Delhi University
Education QualificationBtech (Dropout)
DebutInshorts App (2019)

While Azhar Iqbal has parents and siblings, he chooses to keep personal details about his family private. Born and raised in India, he completed his early education. Azhar started his journey at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2009, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer engineering. However, in 2012, he abandoned his engineering studies at IIT Delhi to pursue an entrepreneurial path, leading to him not completing his degree.

During his time at IIT Delhi, Azhar Iqbal identified a significant gap in the media industry – people were avoiding news articles due to their length and dullness. To bridge this gap, he conceived the idea of delivering news in 3 to 4 lines. Azhar initiated this concept through a Facebook page, where concise news updates garnered thousands of likes and followers within days. As the momentum grew, he evolved the idea into a full-fledged app, aptly named “inshorts.”

Azhar Iqbal, alongside co-founders Anunay Arunav and Deepit Purkayastha, initiated a social media page called Azhar, laying the groundwork for what would become Inshorts. Currently serving as the CEO of Inshorts, a Noida-based company famed for its English news app, Azhar has also ventured into entrepreneurship with the establishment of Public in 2019. Public has swiftly grown to become one of the largest social network companies, boasting over 50 million active users.

On Shark Tank India, Azhar Iqbal endeavors to empower aspiring entrepreneurs in realizing their ambitions. He places emphasis on the hunger, discipline, and focus of participants, valuing these traits over background or qualifications. Joining the show reflects Azhar’s intent to amplify his investments in the Indian startup ecosystem, actively contributing to the growth and success of young and driven entrepreneurs.

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Awards & Achievements

Awards1. Business World Young Entrepreneur Award
2. The Most Enterprising Brands Award
3. Leaders of Asia Award
4. Fortune India 40 under 40 (2016)
5. Business World 40 under 40 (2018)
6. Forbes India 30 under 30 (2018)
7. Forbes Asia 30 under 30 (2018)
8. Entrepreneur of the Year (Media) by the Entrepreneur India Magazine (2022)
AchievementsHonoured by The Most Enterprising Brands Award
Net Worth (as of 2024) (Approx)₹ 500 Crore
$ 5000 Million


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Lesser Known Facts About Azhar Iqubal

  • Azhar wanted his friends to know more about what’s happening in the world, so he made a Facebook page called “News In Shorts” when he was in college.
  • Inshorts started as a 60-word news summary platform, but now it’s a top English news app with more than 10 million people using it.
  • Azhar and his buddies got Rs. 10 lakh to start their business after pitching their idea at IIT Delhi events.
  • The Public App, another cool thing by Azhar, was the most popular location-based social media app with over 100 million downloads in October 2023.
  • Inshorts got $60 million from investors in 2021, showing how big and awesome the company has become under Azhar’s leadership.
  • Azhar left IIT Delhi in 2012 to focus on his business. He was inspired by Sachin Bansal, the founder of Flipkart, who also quit IIT.
  • Azhar’s family had a tough time when he quit engineering. No one supported his choice and thought he was making a mistake.
  • Azhar, Deepit, and Anunay launched the News In Shorts app on 4 September 2013. It gave you free, 60-word news summaries on hot topics that you could read in less than 30 seconds. The app was only for Android users at first.
  • As the company grew, Azhar hired more writers and made money from ads on the app. He said in an interview that he worked for more than 12 hours a day.
  • In 2014, News In Shorts got a lot of money from investors in a C-round funding event in New Delhi.
  • In 2015, the app changed its name to Inshorts and got more than 25 crore rupees from investors.
  • In the same year, the app was also available for iPhone users.
  • He was in an article by The Times of India in 2015.
  • In the beginning, they published 80 to 100 news articles a day, but later they increased it to over 500.
  • In April 2016, Azhar added a Hindi version of Inshorts to reach more people in smaller cities.
  • He became the director of Locvid Services Private Limited on 16 November 2019. The company offers services like accounting, bookkeeping, auditing, tax consultancy, market research, public opinion polling, and business management consultancy.
  • He was a judge on Shark Tank India in 2023.


Social Profiles

Facebook Account (Official)
Instagram Profile (Official)
X Account (Formerly Twitter)


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