Divya Gokulnath and Byju Raveendran, co-founders of Byju’s; image credit: illustration by Sadhana Saxena

Synopsis

Sharp skills in quantitative maths, sports, showmanship, and unsleeping ambition shaped Byju Raveendran, the teacher-turned-founder-turned billionaire. His serendipity with India’s quest for education, the digital explosion, and venture-capital gold quest formed his luck. That perhaps blindsided him, too.

Fortune Inn Valley View, Manipal The hotel in the centre of this college town saw a young man driving down from Bengaluru every weekend. There, he taught maths to a hall full of IIM aspirants for the common admission test (CAT). Some 200 engineering students were mesmerised by this energetic man in his late twenties who reeled off tricks and shortcuts to solve one tough math problem after the other. To jazz it up further, the math maestro on

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