Interview with Eduora

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Recently,Techaloo caught up with Eduora’s Founder Nagarjun and got some intresting experinces to share with its Readers.Here goes the Interview

Techaloo:How the entrepreneurship journey started? Or who inspired you to start business?

Nagarjun:It’s actually an interesting but rather long story. I’ll try to keep it as simple as possible. It all began when I started building my first websites in the 7th grade and ever since, I’ve been hooked! I spent a lot of time learning to make websites and also about the business that drives online companies. Like the hyperlinked web, one interesting story led to another and I was spending hours every day learning about entrepreneurship. It was the idea of making something useful and then also turning that into a business that got me very excited.

Techaloo:Share some info about your products and services here.

Nagarjun:Eduora was born out of a college weekend hack. I was at IIPM at the time and was contemplating a better system for student – teacher and campus communication. I built a model Eduora and then showed it to some people.

Eduora, in simple words allows any school or college to setup their own campus network. This network allows them to interact with their students, share campus updates, share courses, assignments and tests all on the cloud. My goal was to create something that I as a student and my friends would like to use. I was extremely frustrated with LMS systems and email. Eduora is the answer I came up with.

Techaloo:What was the vision mission of the company? What exactly you wanted to do when you started your business?

Nagarjun:The Company’s vision is to help schools, colleges, students and teachers to come together online. All existing tools require students and teachers to create accounts on multiple websites to solve very rudimentary tasks. The idea behind Eduora was unification.

I wanted to bring every essential function that the education community demands into one, gorgeous website. The only way to do that was to use the cloud, social tools and other community features. Eduora brings all of these together in a simple way.

Techaloo:What kind of difficulties you had faced while starting/doing business?

Nagarjun:I can’t point at anything that specific because those are all general things that most entrepreneurs face. I do however remember that finding a co-founder was one monster of a task. Apart from that, I also had trouble nailing the exact product definition. I had a great sense for what it should be. I didn’t however, know how to explain it in one line. I guess you only learn how to do that as your product evolves.

Among other things, I’m learning that running a start-up in India is very different from what you hear in the US or other large countries. It’s not as dynamic as you read on blogs about other entrepreneurs. These challenges force you to rethink business models and other factors.

Techaloo:Share with our readers about discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

Nagarjun:The idea for Eduora was born out of something I saw happening all around me. There was a huge issue of not having the right kind of tools on campus and I was building something to fix it so, in essence there weren’t any specific difficulties with that. I do however recall shaping the product over time to refine it. It always takes time to build something that looks and behaves polished.

Techaloo:Share with our readers about your experiment period after discovery period?

Nagarjun:I did try several models that I wish would have worked early on. I mentioned some points around this in the earlier questions. There isn’t anything specific that I can add to it.

Techaloo:What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

Nagarjun:My ultimate goal is to make sure that the entire education community is on one platform (our platform) and that they would never have to go any place else for their needs. There is a fundamental need to replace existing LMS systems and a lot of institutions are realizing that.

My goal is to educate institutions and help them put together a great technology implementation. Fundamental educational reform is something I don’t want to get into. I wish to help improve existing infrastructure and make it future-proof. Schools and colleges should never have to worry about technology anymore.

Techaloo:What will be your advice/suggestion for new entrepreneurs for starting new business?

Nagarjun:I think the first thing would be: get started! I’ve seen a lot of people who spend a lot of time documenting things and not starting anything. It’s important to plan but, if planning is the only thing you do, you’ll never get started. Business and plans are dynamic. Start with a general idea and refine your plan and business as it evolves. You’ll find that you almost never stick to the original plan fully. You’ll tweak it constantly and if that’s the case, why spend so much time initially? Among other things, I would also say, focus both on product and business. Make a solid use case for yourself and build the product around the idea that it’s also going to be a business.

Some ways to connect with Eduora:

Name: Nagarjun Palavalli
Company: Eduora Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Website: www.eduora.com
LinkedIn: http://in.linkedin.com/in/palavalli
Twitter: @palavalli

 

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