Gaurav Munjal took a small step 6 years back. He wanted to help his friends understand hard topics through videos. The video he shot in 2010 on a 0.02 MP camera raked in 20,000 views from his college mates. This was the beginning of Unacademy, an online platform to democratise education, which has raked in more than 10 Mn video views so far.
As they say,
From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends.
But the journey from that video to launching Unacademy was hardly a straight line. Gaurav went on to co-found Flatchat, a mobile-only app for students and bachelors to find accommodation and flatmates. Last year, Flatchat got acquired by Commonfloor, and Gaurav moved to an advisory role. He worked for almost one and a half years at Flatchat before deciding to pursue his dream of making Unacademy a product that could act like a bigger Quora.
His childhood friend Roman Saini, a child prodigy who cracked his medical exams at the age of 16 and the civil services entrance exams to become an IAS officer at 22, joined him in his endeavour. That was the ‘aha’ moment for Gaurav. After two years as an assistant collector at Jabalpur, Roman Saini had resigned from his services to make UPSC learning available online for free on a full time basis. They were joined by Hemesh Singh, who was also a co-founder at Flatchat, and Sachin Gupta who was experimenting with his own education startup.
Of course, an IAS officer quitting the Civil Services to make free education his full-time job was a big decision. However, Roman was sure of what he was doing as he wrote on his Facebook page that though, personally, it was a difficult decision to quit the civil services, he believes in Unacademy’s vision of free education, hence, will be pursuing it full-time. Adds Roman,