Great Learning’s Mohan Lakhamraju was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug a bit earlier than most. A computer scientist from IIT-Mumbai, in the early 1990s when his peers were acquiring degrees from the best colleges in the United States, Lakhamraju dropped out of his doctorate at Berkeley, California to be part of a start-up in the US that was eventually bought and subsumed into Hewlett Packard.
His start-up experience opened his eyes to how little he knew about business so when many of his peers were embarking on their careers, he headed to Stanford Business School at 26 to hone his own understanding of business : what works and what doesn’t. Business school pulled him into the world of venture capital and he first joined a VC firm in the US and then headed to Tiger Global’s India office in Mumbai with a focus on the education space (2006-08), still a nascent sector at the time. He also realised that his own experience at IIT was more an exception than a rule. In general, students in India were subject to a less than happy learning journey even at what were touted as the best colleges.
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First Published: Thu, April 15 2021. 06:10 IST