The first thing that strikes you about Ravi Handa is his brutal honesty. A teacher, after all, needs to be upfront. The IITian starts the conversation by making two confessions. First, he reveals his weak spot: Computer science. “I was bad at it, and I mean really bad,” smiles the 37-year-old edtech founder of online CAT (common admission test) and MBA coaching venture Handa ka Funda. An IIT-Kharagpur alumnus, Handa has dual degree (BTech and MTech) in computer science and engineering. A few weeks ago, Handa ka Funda was acquired by edtech major Unacademy for an undisclosed amount.
Unlike a fellow IITian who would have cashed in on the prized engineering tag by joining some fancy multinational company and settling for a hefty pay pack, Handa was the odd one out. Reason: He knew his limitations. “I did not try apart from the campus placement,” he concedes. Poor computer science, he underlines, would have been a major handicap. “Even if I could get a job because of the IIT brand, I was sure I would get fired once they realised I was Jon Snow,” he laughs, alluding to the fictional character in A Game of Thrones.
The second confession is what changed his life: Love for math. He settled for a career in coaching. In short, teaching math. “I loved the subject. I never felt that I was working while teaching math,” he says. Apart from his love for the subject, there was one more overwhelming personality trait that kept him glued to coaching: Laziness. “I am a really lazy person and I liked the idea that it (teaching) wasn’t hard work,” he says, explaining why he got hooked to coaching. “It’s a pretty comfortable job to stand in front of a bunch of 40 to 50 graduates, and explain basic math to them, something they already know, but have forgotten,” he smiles.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
FRANK SLOOTMAN DOESN’T START COMPANIES. BUT NO ONE IN BUSINESS HISTORY HAS A BETTER TRACK RECORD OF TURNING THE IDEAS OF OTHERS INTO JACKPOTS. WITH $80 BILLION SNOWFLAKE, THE BIGGEST SOFTWARE IPO EVER, HE’S REWRITTEN THE PLAYBOOK
Revenge Of Winklev
After losing an epic battle with Mark Zuckerberg over ownership of Facebook and being shunned in Silicon Valley, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are back— this time as budding bitcoin billionaires at the centre of the future of money, the creative economy and quite possibly a new operating model for Big Tech itself
SRF's Coming of Age
How Arun Bharat Ram’s sons have transformed the maker of nylon tyre cord into a specialty chemical player with global scale
European-style breads have gone mainstream in urban India, thanks to a growing bunch of bakers, and a push from the Covid-19 pandemic
Judy Faulkner, the billionaire founder of Epic Systems, pioneered—then dominated—electronic medical records. She’s been the industry’s leading actor for decades, but now the pandemic is fuelling a digital health care race that may finally cost her the spotlight
The Friendly Assassin
David Vélez set out to kill off the fat fees and lousy service of Brazil’s big banks. The operation succeeded beyond his wildest dreams: Today, his no-fee Nubank is the most valuable digital bank in the world, with 35 million customers—and he’s gunning for more
Multi-hyphenate comedian Danish Sait has broken out of his regional playground during the lockdown months and expanded his footprint nationally. And he’s only getting started
A Higher Calling
Billionaire Beau Wrigley is building his cannabis company, Parallel, to be bigger than his family’s chewing gum business—and he’s not banking on getting consumers stoned
Wealth-Creation In A Pandemic
Covid-19 brought terrible suffering, economic pain, geopolitical tension—and the greatest acceleration of wealth in human history. Why this pandemic paradox could become a cause for celebration, not concern
Banking's Newest Billionaire
With a net worth of $1.3 billion, Sanjay Agarwal debuts on Forbes’s list of world’s billionaires. His AU Small Finance Bank aims to be counted among its larger peers over the next decade
READING THE TRENDS
With the 2021 just around the corner, this is the moment to reflect and assess the décor trends that would sustain, perish or take root with stylized flair. TIHG brings eight experts who share their reading of the design tea leaves, based on their experience and understanding of this space.
REPO MAN 1984
“ONLY AN ASSHOLE GETS KILLED FOR A CAR”
How SBI warriors battled covid-19 at their Global IT Centre
Sunita Handa, CGM - IT Channels & Operations, at State Bank of India, narrates how the bank prepared its manpower and technology to meet the unprecedented crisis caused by COVID-19:
BLOCKCHAIN - Reinventing Banking
Indian banks are readying to adopt blockchain, which in its matured format, is expected to change the face of banking: