The next life of Uday Shankar

The former Star India chief at 59 is making a comeback with a play in tech.

Uday Shankar looks like he has aged a lifetime. His face is that of a man who has had a long day—puffy eyes and a five o’clock shadow. It is late at night in California, but he is still awake, juggling at least three different time zones and somehow fitting this interview into his schedule. It’s Friday afternoon for me, Thursday night for him. He is on my laptop screen, dressed in a violet tee, tan brown pants and a white Apple watch. Almost unrecognizable without his signature formal outfits of muted tones. There is an uncomfortable silence for a …


Harveen Ahluwalia

Harveen is a co-founder at The Morning Context, and leads our Internet coverage, overseeing a team of reporters writing on startups and tech. She has previously worked as a media, consumer and tech reporter at The Ken and Mint. At The Morning Context, she writes on startups, venture capital, consumer and media businesses—from e-commerce to healthtech to streaming.

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