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The Ultimate Guide to Byju Raveendran

Byju Raveendran is an Indian entrepreneur and the co-founder of Byju's learning app along with his wife Divya Gokulnath and brother Riju Raveendran as his partners.

Byju Raveendran is an Indian entrepreneur and the co-founder of Byju’s learning app along with his wife Divya Gokulnath and brother Riju Raveendran as his partners. He launched Byju’s classes in the year 2011 which became the world’s largest educational technology company, reinventing how students learn through its learning app.


Sr. No. Particulars Responses
1 Name Byju Raveendran
2 Born 1981 
3 Place of Birth Azhikode, Kannur district, Kerala, India
4 Nationality Indian
5 Height 5’8″
6 Weight 70 kg
7 Eye Colour Brown
8 Hair Colour Black
9 Occupation Entrepreneur
10 College/University Government College of Engineering, Kannur
11 Known for Founder of Byju’s
12 Co-partners Divya Gokulnath, Riju Raveendran
13 Spouse Divya Gokulnath
14 Net Worth Along with his partners they have a combined net worth of $3.05B



Byju Raveendran Personal Life

Byju was born in a Malayali family in the year 1981 in the village of Kerala, Azhikode. His father is a retired physics teacher and mother, Shobhanavalli is a retired mathematics teacher. He has a younger brother named Riju. He studied in a local school for his primary education and pursued B.Tech from Government College of Engineering, Kerala. He used to skip classes in order to study at home.

Since childhood he always had interest in sports and his parents despite being teachers always motivated him to play. He loved to play cricket, tennis, and football during his school and college days. Still he dreamed of opting for Engineering instead of medical as he would get time to play. Later he fell in love and married Divya who was his student. They have a son, Nish. 

Byju Raveendran Professional Life

After completing his graduation he got a job in a multinational company as a service engineer. During a vacation when he was staying with his friends who were preparing for CAT exams, they asked Byju to help them as he was a bright student and good at mathematics. He also attempted the CAT exam out of fun along with his friends but was shocked when he got 100th percentile. To recheck he once again gave the exam and got the same marks. His friends also scored good marks and advised him to start teaching. 

He started teaching MBA aspirants first followed by other courses. He used to teach free of cost in the first week and charged the students after they liked his way of teaching. 

Like this from teaching on the terrace to big auditorium sized classrooms he continued teaching. He also left his job. Slowly when technology developed and people started using smartphones he founded Byju’s classes learning app for test preparations in 2015. The app expanded all over the world. It makes use of original content, watch and learn videos, rich animations, interactive sessions as opposed to note memorization, making learning contextual, visual and not just theoretical. Now the company has 57 million app downloads and around 4 million annual paid subscribers. It has also become a case study in Harvard Business School.

He was added as a non-official member to the National Startup Advisory Council along with Kunal Bahl in January 2021.


Byju Raveendran Honors and Awards

  • He received Manorama News Newsmaker award in 2019
  • He was a Ernst & Young Finalist, considered  Entrepreneur of the Year, India and also received Business Transformation Award in 2020
  • He was titled under Fortune Magazine’s ’40 Under 40′ list in 2020
  • In 2021, he was awarded the Forbes India Leadership Award.


Byju Raveendran Controversies

  • An FIR was filed against him by the Mumbai police for providing misleading information in UPSC curriculum.
  • There was a controversy regarding the Byju’s manager for treating the employees badly.


Byju Raveendran Quotations

“Students just memorize, replicate and then forget the exam is over”.

“Learning how to learn is the new marker of literacy, not knowing who to read and write”.


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