Story of byju raveendran and his wife

Byju Raveendra and Divya Gokulnath

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               In India who doesn’t know about Byju’s (the biggest learning platform in India). When I was a child I used to think that Byju’s owner is Sharukh Khan 🤣🤣because he appears in ads of Byju’s promoting it. But now I am well informed that he is a brand ambassador of Byju’s.

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Byju Raveendran

Do you know who is founder of Byju’s?

No not Sharuk Khan, Byju Raveendran is the founder and greatest CEO of Byju’s. You know that behind every successful man there is a woman and that wonderful woman is Divya Gokulnath.

Byju Raveendran (age: 39) and Divya Gokulnath (age: 34) are India’s second-youngest billionaires. Yes, and they are self-made billionaires who are here because of their innovative idea and hard work.

According to Forbes India Rich List 2020, Byju Raveendran and Divya Gokulnath have been ranked 46 on the list and have a combined net worth of $3.05 billion (approx Rs 22.3 thousand crores).

What is Byju’s exactly?

Yeah, I know that Byju doesn’t need any introduction but it is necessary. As a Gen Z(Centennials) it is not possible that you have never used or never overcome Byju’s app.

Byju’s is a learning app an Indian educational technology (edtech) and online tutoring firm founded in 2011 by Byju Raveendran at Banglore.

BYJU’S App which is launched in August 2015 offers educational content mainly to school students from class 1 to 12 (primary to higher secondary level education). The company also trains students for competitive examinations in India such as IIT-JEE, NEET, CAT, IAS, and also for international examinations such as GRE and GMAT.

They focus on main subjects like Mathematics and Science concepts that are explained with 12-20 minute digital animation videos. BYJU’S reports to have 4 crores (40 million) users overall, 30 lakh (3 million) annual paid subscribers, and an annual retention rate of about 85%.

What is the hardwork and struggles of Byju Raveendran?

Byju Raveendran was born in 1980 in Azhikode, Kerala. His father Raveendran and mother Shobhanavalli are the Physics and Maths teacher.

Byju Raveendran is a B.Tech (Mechanical engineering) from Government Engineering College in Kannur, Kerala.

After completing his engineering, Byju used to teach his friends maths or other students who need help with math. He would also prepare students to appear for entrance exams like the common entrance exam (CAT).

In 2003, when he appeared for CAT he scored 100 percentile. After 2 years, he decided to pursue teaching as a full-time job. In 2011, he set up Think & Learn to provide online lessons to students, before launching the main app in 2015.

Who is Divya Gokulnath?

Divya Gokulnath, the wife of Byju Raveendran was one of Byju Raveendran’s early students. She has pursued a bachelor’s in Biotechnology from RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru.

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Divya Gokulnath

After completing her bachelor’s, Divya had plans for Masters and was planning to apply to universities abroad. When searching for someone to help her sharpen her Math skills for GRE, she heard of Byju Raveendran’s classes from a friend.

After completing her GRE exam, Raveendran asked Divya to try a hand at teaching. After which she took many classes in Maths, English, and Reasoning.

After receiving her result GRE and getting admissions to universities in the US, she decided to stay back. Divya is now one of the board members and helps Byju run the company.

How BYJU’S was founded?

In his earlies, Byju Raveendran was an engineer at a shipping company based in the UK. After achieving 100 percentile in CAT he did not join any of the IIMs but started teaching students for their mathematics exams.

Initially, he started taking maths workshops for free and then slowly started charging when he got the confidence. At one point of time in his career, he got so famous that in a single workshop more than 20000 students participated.

In the year 2009, he started to record his videos of the workshops that he took. His former students who graduated from IIMs approached him saying that he should start Byju’s classes to a new domain.

And that was the movement when Byju Raveendran thought about this suggestion and after that, he formed ‘Think and Learn Pvt Ltd’ to create content for school students.

In 2015 he launched BYJU’s – The Learning App and in the first year itself, the app was downloaded by more than 5.5 million people.

In June, Byju’s learning app entered the decacorn league (decacorn is a relatively new company that is worth at least $10 billion) after its valuation has soared to $10.5 billion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Byju’s investors include Mark Zuckerberg Tencent and Tiger Global.


Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) every schools, colleges, and coaching are shut and in response to that, BYJU’S has made content on its learning app free for all students.

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