GuruHub : Connect, Collaborate and Share – knowledge with each other

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GuruHub.in,  a Hyderabad based startup is a Location Based Search Platform to find Tutors, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches, Institutes, Organizations, Learners and Courses near to you. With GuruHub you can Connect, Collaborate and Share – knowledge with each other.

GuruHub.in is an ecosystem of Gurus, Institutes, Organizations and Learners belonging to plethora of learning streams; brought together on a single platform to Connect, Collaborate and Share – Knowledge with worldwide subject experts and recognized educational entities to explore and grow for individual’s benefit.

Techaloo got an opportunity to have a chit chat with Karthik Yanamandra (Co-Founder & Business Head at GuruHub). Let see what he wants to share with us.

Techaloo : When did you start your journey?
Karthik : I have been in the education industry for 12 yrs providing Creative technology solutions. I started my research work on GuruHub in the year 2012. With my experience I started looking out for the exact market need. With ideation & research in process we started development from April 2013.

Techaloo : How did Idea come to your mind?
Karthik : Our 10+ Years of E-Learning experience helped us in gauging the need of the market. While doing the research work we observed that there is a big gap for Individuals (Parents, Learners), Institutes (Schools, Colleges) and Organizations to find and connect with right Gurus (Tutors, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches and Mentors) and Courses – near to their place. Everyone is in constant search of Education and Learning needs. These observations triggered us with the idea  to develop GuruHub.

Techaloo : What was your vision/mission while starting GuruHub?
Karthik : Our mission is to create an ecosystem of Gurus, Institutes, Organizations and Learners belonging to plethora of learning streams; brought together on a single platform to Connect, Collaborate and Share – Knowledge with worldwide subject experts and recognized educational entities to explore, exchange knowledge, learn, find opportunities or employees, work, and make decisions in a network of trusted relationships and grow for individual’s benefit.

The vision of GuruHub is to share right information / knowledge and create economic opportunity for every educators and learners in India. We believe in transforming the way people share knowledge by connections with opportunity at larger scale.

Techaloo : What hurdles did you face while starting?
Karthik : First challenge was setting the Core Team. To understand and believe in the idea and work with the same passion and as a team is a challenge. Fortunately our core team brings along with them experience, passion and drive to achieve our goals.

Second challenge was to sell the idea to a potential customer even before the product is ready for pilot testing. We signed up our first client within 1 week of ideation. We even signed 4 more totaling it to 5 pilot clients.

Third challenge was working with limited resources, which included infrastructure, server and technical challenges. We have sailed through the same and developed the prototype and are live on www.guruhub.in

Many more challenges still ahead of us as we grow. We are sure to surpass them too.

Techaloo : Have you got any kind of funding? Or are you planning for the same?
Karthik : We have invested amount from personal savings. We are pitching for investors

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Techaloo : Explain a little more about GuruHub and its concept?
Karthik : GuruHub.in is a Location Based Search Platform to find Tutors, Teachers, Trainers, Coaches, Institutes, Organizations, Learners and Courses near to your place. Each individual user on Guruhub is benefited by its features offered.

Guru:

  1. Reach and connect to Learners directly
  2. Connect to Institutes, organization you are part of or are interested in, based on your expertise
  3. Get direct information in regard to job or training opportunities promoted by Institutes
  4. Plan and Promote Events, Courses, Shouts to target audience through Analytics
  5. Create Courses, Manage Scheduling, Share Notes and sell on Marketplace

Institute & Organization:

  1. Reach and connect to Learners directly
  2. Connect with Gurus who are subject matter experts in your field directly
  3. Post job or training opportunities to reach Gurus, Institutes and Organizations directly
  4. Plan and Promote Events, Courses, Shouts to target audience through Analytics
  5. Create Courses, Manage Scheduling, Share Notes and sell on Marketplace

Learners:

  1. Reach and connect to Gurus, Institutes and Organizations directly
  2. Get to know where your friends go to learn and whom they recommend
  3. Share notes and get your queries answered by Gurus who are subject experts in your field
  4. Get access to Admission Details, Fee Structure, Payment Options for your learning needs
  5. Get updates on Events, Courses, Shout and Scheduling based on your learning needs

Techaloo : Why the location based search is needed in education system?
Karthik : After a lot of study and personal experience GuruHub.in team recognized a need to organize and structure the vast information on the education sector based on area. We have learned that, by choice, we all tend to choose a learning adobe as in a Tutor, Trainer, Teacher, Coach, Instructor, and Expert, Institute or an organization within 5 KMs around the place we live in for all our learning needs. To help ease the process – we have built the system to locate your Geo-Position, based on which we give you results location based.

Techaloo : Do you see Coursera and other online platform to be your competitors?
Karthik : Coursera is focused on the university level. Guruhub is a platform that is open for any Guru or small institute who provide educational or learning services. The not just learn or teach courses, they can connect and collaborate further. With this platform, the opportunity for growth for every user is high. We don’t just serve the existing education & learning leaders but will also be a platform to create opportunities for many more to start.

Techaloo : What are the charges for your website platform?
Karthik : The registration for Gurus, Institutes, Organizations and Learners is absolutely FREE! With this platform they can create their profile, follow experts and get followed by others, Add course details offered and Search for opportunities to learn or teach.

We are planning to announce subscription based model soon for both Gurus, Institutes and Organizations with added tools and features for them to connect to more opportunities and share knowledge to more number of learners.

Techaloo : How is the response till now?
Karthik : We are not aggressively progressing in the market due to startup constrains. We have although approached many individual, well established trainers, coaches and teachers and some small institutes, who are happy to adopt the platform.

We are confident that we will have very good traction very soon.

Techaloo : Are you planning for any mobile app as well?
Karthik : Yes.  We will soon develop the android version of GuruHub to reach faster.

Techaloo : On a different note, why did you place childhood pictures of the whole team?
Karthik : A true passion is seen in a child – while they play, dance, laugh or simply cry. We still have the child in us – who values passion and determination to make a difference. Our photographs are also representation of fun we have while we are building the future.

Techaloo : What are your plans for next 3 years?
Karthik : GuruHub projects 25 lakh signups with estimated 10,000 institutes signed up among which 25% of the signups will be paid customers.

Techaloo : What do you think about techaloo.com?
Karthik : The best part of Techaloo.com is reaching out for young startups and budding entrepreneurs. I have started my entrepreneurial journey at 17 and I totally appreciate the efforts you put to reach out and give them a platform to exhibit. Great going and wishing you many more awesome discoveries.

 

 

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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