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Pankhuri Shrivastava, founder of a women-focused social community platform called Pankhuri, passed away after a cardiac arrest on Friday, the company confirmed on Monday. The entrepreneur was only 32-years-old.  

“With profound grief and sorrow, we regret to inform the sad demise of our beloved CEO, Pankhuri Shrivastava. We lost her on 24th December 2021 due to a sudden cardiac arrest. May her soul obtain Sadgati. Om Shanti," the company informed on Twitter on Monday.

Who was Pankhuri Shrivastava?

The entrepreneur

Shrivastava launched Pankhuri in 2019 for women members to socialise, explore and upskill through live interactive courses, expert chat, and interest-based clubs. The platform enabled them to be active participants in beauty and lifestyle conversations online instead of being passive consumers.

Earlier this year, Pankhuri, raised $3.2 million (about 23 crore) as part of fresh funding led by Sequoia Capital India’s accelerator program, Surge. Other investors, including India Quotient and Taurus Ventures, also participated in the round.

Before that, Shrivastava founded rental startup Grabhouse, which was sold to online classifieds company Quikr in a cash and equity deal in 2016.

She had graduated with an engineering degree from Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya in Bhopal. She also taught children in Mumbai's municipal schools under the fellowship programme of 'Teach for India'.

Her last tweets

Even in her last days, the businesswoman seemed too excited and engrossed  about her work. Her last tweet came on December 23, just the day before her sudden demise. 

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Happily married: 

The entrepreneur got married last year in glitz and grandeur in Madhya Pradesh's Niwari district. Only 2 months later, she shared a picture from her marriage expressing “Amidst uncertainties of the pandemic, I chose one of the finest certainties of my life. Amidst all the variables out of my control, I chose a beautiful constant for life" 

A couple of months later she shared another post on Twitter noting “marriage is NOT the end of a woman's career."

Here how the start-up sector remembers her?

Jani Pasha, co-founder and CEO of classifieds app Lokal, shared a video of entrepreneur from 10 days ago adding, “Hard to believe what has happened."

Here how the start-up sector remembers her?

Jani Pasha, co-founder and CEO of classifieds app Lokal, shared a video of entrepreneur from 10 days ago adding, “Hard to believe what has happened."

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Mourning her untimely demise, Vani Kola, founder of Kalaari Capital, tweeted on Sunday, "Yesterday it came as a shock to me when I found out that ©pankhuril6 is no more. I remember her as a vivacious bright woman full of ideas and full of life. She was confident. That was something you noticed about her immediately!'

“Hailing from Jhansi, she felt that the spirit of Jhansi Ki Rani was in her blood. She was incredibly satisfied that she opened an office in Jhansi & gave opportunities to girls to work in jobs that gave them a strong identity," Kola said.

“She was proud of these girls and how much they could do if only given an opportunity. I saw in Pankhuri a young woman who continued to inspire and give back generously."

Kola added, "My heart reaches out to her family at this untimely tragedy. Her demise is a loss for our startup ecosystem. We lost a bright and young founder, but I know her legacy will live on. It was truly a privilege to know Pankhuri. Rest in peace, Pankhuri."

Rajan Anandan, Managing Director at Sequoia India, wrote on Twitter, “Deeply saddened and shocked by this sudden loss. Pankhuri was so full of life, ideas and passion and had a missionary zeal. We loved having Pankhuri in our Surge family and will miss you so dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family in this very difficult time."

 

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