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LinkedIn crosses 30-million member mark in India

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Digital | May 08, 2015
From students to prominent leaders, people with diverse backgrounds are building their professional brand on the digital professional network.

LinkedIn, the online professional networking platform which claims to have over 364 million members globally, has registered 30 million members in India, a 50 per cent growth over the past two years. These members represent a diverse cross-section of skills and industries, helping to power Indian economy and paving the way to strategic initiatives.

Nishant Rao, country manager, LinkedIn India, says, "We've reached a critical mass in India, a country that remains a strategic market for us. But, we still have a long way to go, and along the way, we want to continue to add value to the professional journeys of our members. We also see a significant opportunity to collaborate with key players in India in areas such as skills development, so that our members can create an even more significant impact on the economy."

Nishant Rao

"Staying true to our commitment to invest in localising and enhancing the member experience, we've also strengthened our editorial presence in India, increasing our focus on making LinkedIn the definitive platform for professionals in India to gain knowledge and insights that matter to them," he adds.

Ramya Venugopal joined LinkedIn in India as editor of LinkedIn's Pulse service, to continue improving the relevance of news and insights on the platform to members in India.

Since 2009, LinkedIn continues to introduce new features to help professionals along their career journeys in India and beyond. These include university pages, apply for job on LinkedIn Mobile, and revamped groups. Recently, LinkedIn also opened up its long-form content publishing platform for all members in India and several India-based leaders have joined as influencers, enriching the professional knowledge available. These Influencers include Prime Minister Narendra Modi and top executives such as Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (chairman and managing director, Biocon), Swati Piramal (vice chairman, Piramal Enterprises), Ronnie Screwvala, (founder, UTV Group), Unilazer Ventures, Swades Foundation and Nandan Nilekani (former chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India). In addition, LinkedIn also partnered with MTV and other major companies in India, such as Flipkart and L'Oreal, to help students find internship opportunities and take important first steps in their professional journeys.

LinkedIn is a digital professional networking platform which connects the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful, and transform the way companies hire, market and sell. It claims to have more than 364 million members worldwide.

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