Byju's founder, Raveendran polevaults into billionaire club with latest funding of $150 mn

Founded in 2008 by Divya Gokulnath and former teacher Byju Raveendran, BYJU’S offers a learning app, was launched in 2015

FP Staff July 29, 2019 22:47:53 IST
Byju's founder, Raveendran polevaults into billionaire club with latest funding of $150 mn
  • Founded in 2008 by Divya Gokulnath and former teacher Byju Raveendran, BYJU’S offers a learning app, was launched in 2015

  • The learning app largely appeals to the visual using original graphics and video tools

  • I am inspired by Roger Federer. At 35, or 37, he’s playing better than he was at 21 or 24, said Raveendran in an interview

Byju Raveendran, the founder of BYJU's learning app, has joined the billionaire club. The Bengaluru-based learning app's parent firm, Think & Learn Private Ltd recently raised $150 million led by Qatar Investment Authority, a sov­e­reign wealth fund in Qatar. The deal placed the education app's value at nearly $6 billion polevaulting Raveendran into the billionaire club.

The latest round  funding in Byju's also included maiden investment from Owl Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund. Owl invests in education technology companies globally.

Think and Learn Pvt. Ltd, which runs Byju’s, grew its revenue threefold in 2018-19 to Rs 1,430 crore and turned profitable on a full-year basis, according to media reports.  In April 2019, BYJU’S crossed Rs 200 cr in monthly revenue and was expecting a revenue of over Rs 3,000 crore this year.

Raveendran, a former school teacher owns over 21 percent stake in the company, according to media reports.

Byjus founder Raveendran polevaults into billionaire club with latest funding of 150 mn

Byju Raveendran. Pic courtesy Facebook

Founded in 2008 by Divya Gokulnath and former teacher Byju Raveendran, BYJU’S offers a learning app, was launched in 2015. Raveendran  developed the education app. It offers learning programmes for class 6-12 and test preparation for competitive exams  JEE, AIPMT, CAT, IAS, GRE & GMAT. It has learning programmes for students in classes IV-XII along with courses to help students prepare for competitive exams like JEE, NEET, CAT, IAS, GRE, and GMAT. It claims to have 35 Mn registered users with 2.4 million paid subscribers.

The online tutoring app has got a who's who list of people backing it. Byju’s has raised over $240 million from Tencent, Verlinvest, Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Aarin Capital, among others. In July 2017, it raised about $40 million from Tencent, after raising $30 million from Verlinvest some months earlier.

Early in June, Byju's said it is rolling out a new app with The Walt Disney Company. It is aimed at  teaching math and science with cartoon characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse to children aged 6-8 years.

“I am inspired by Roger Federer. At 35, or 37, he’s playing better than he was at 21 or 24. That is what I aim to do. Compete against myself. And, create leaders who are better than me,” said Byju to BusinessWorld in a recent interview.

Updated Date:

also read

Budget 2023-24 Expectation: Seven-point recommendation to achieve energy independence for India by 2050
Opinion

Budget 2023-24 Expectation: Seven-point recommendation to achieve energy independence for India by 2050

Indigenous Green Hydrogen production can be a game changer during India's existing Amrut-Kaal, as this would catapult the Indian economy into the $5 trillion club

Budget 2023-24 Expectation: Focus should be on affordable medical technology
Opinion

Budget 2023-24 Expectation: Focus should be on affordable medical technology

India has a real opportunity to become a world leader in the field of robotic surgery due to its population base, an affordable robotic system, physicians wanting to use the latest technologies and a huge amount of data that will be used for teaching, training and future publications

Ukraine desperately wants Israeli anti-drone tech, but why is Tel Aviv cagey?
World

Ukraine desperately wants Israeli anti-drone tech, but why is Tel Aviv cagey?

Israel is a pioneer in anti-drone and anti-missile defence technology. However, for some reason, it has kept back from helping Ukraine with the same, even when it is being attacked with drones from its arch-nemesis Iran