SimpliLearn : Learn at your place, at your pace

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Simplilearn.com, an online learning destination for young working professionals who are looking at career enhancement through certification courses across industry verticals. Simplilearn.com was founded by an Indian born visionary entrepreneur Mr. Krishna Kumar in 2009. With an aim to provide the best training to working professionals towards achieving their certification goals, Simplilearn.com offers a blended training model (Classroom +Online), which makes it easy for professionals to prepare for various certification exams. Simplilearn.com offers over  80 certification courses across 11 categories in Project Management, IT
Services Management, IT Security Management, Quality Management, Financial Management, and Technology Certification.

Simplilearn.com recently received Series B funding from Helion Ventures and Kalaari Capital and has study centers across the globe.

Simplilearn.com has trained over 1,00,000 aspirants across 150+ countries, including those from the world’s leading Fortune 500 companies. At present, they conduct over 300 classroom trainings per month across the world.

Simplilearn.com offers a blended model of training which is a mix of online & classroom training. This training model combines an optimum mix of 2-5 days certified instructor led classroom training and learning management system based secure online learning and training with simulation tests, audio-video content and video tutorials to maximize success in achieving the certification. Simplilearn.com develops in-house content for all the courses except for third party courses such as Microsoft, Cisco, etc), which is used by all their trainers worldwide, which ensures uniform delivery irrespective of the trainer.

As a feather in the crown “Kashyap Dalal”, founder & ex-CEO @ Inkfruit joined SimpliLearn as Chief Products Officer.

Techaloo got an opportunity to have a chit-chat with Mr. Krishna Kumar, founder and CEO @ SimpliLearn. Let us see. what he wants to share with us.

Techaloo : What made you motivated to join the entrepreneurship community?
Krishna : Simplilearn is my second venture. Prior to this, I was involved in the software product business, which I sold to a listed company in 2007. I started my first venture within a few months of passing out of the college. The primary reason was that I was not satisfied with the work offers that I was getting. The first few months of employment was not challenging enough for me, which led me to branch out on my own.

Techaloo : How did this Idea come to your mind?
Krishna : Simplilearn was initially started as a blog in 2009. In a span of 9 months, I had trained 3000 people in 100+ countries and I realized the potential of going commercial.

Techaloo : What was your vision/mission while starting Simplilearn?
Krishna : Simplilearn’s vision is to provide good service to working professionals. Working professionals generally are hard pressed for time, so we wanted to enable the option of learning online, 24/7 and even on weekends. I also found that many a time, the training is as good as the trainer who delivers the training, so I aimed to change this to ensure that everyone receives good training irrespective of the quality of the trainer. This we have achieved by providing top quality online courseware.

Techaloo : What hurdles did you face while starting?
Krishna : In the initial stages we had faced some challenges in creating good quality online courses in a short time frame and in increasing our offerings while continuing to maintain consistency in quality. Without local employees, we also faced challenges with classroom delivery across hundreds of cities across the globe. But nevertheless, we have been able to overcome these challenges over time.

Techaloo : How difficult is to work with professionals for study?
Krishna : It is not difficult to work with professionals. Professionals are well aware about the importance and the need for certification, which ensures growth in their career ladder. And we help them achieve their goals.

Techaloo : You recently received Helion Ventures and Kalaari Capital, What improvements can we expect in coming time?
Krishna : With infused capital, we are looking at strengthening our leadership team, further improve our course offering, course quality and increase penetration on mobile devices. We are also looking at strengthening our global presence.

Techaloo : What are the top courses people are opting for?
Krishna : PMP, ITIL (Foundation and Practitioner), PRINCE2, Six Sigma, Cloud Computing, CSM.

Techaloo : You are providing services since 2009, what changes do you see in topics being opted for?
Krishna : Newer courses like cloud, big data and virtualization, among others, are in high demand among new age professionals. We constantly look at adding courses which are in demand and for which aspirants are looking for assistance.

Techaloo : How are you managing the course content?
Krishna : We have a large team consisting of Project Managers, instructional designers and Quality analysts who continuously develop and keep the content updated. We also work with subject matter experts across the globe to get quality inputs to ensure that we deliver world class content.

Techaloo : What are the benefits of having in-house course content?
Krishna : One of the major benefits that I see in having an in-house content team is that we can customize our course content to address key issues, which are important to aspirants.

Techaloo : What 3rd party courses are you offering?
Krishna : We have various third party courses from Microsoft, CISCO, SAP and HP. There are many more in the pipeline.

Techaloo : What is the learning process at Simplilearn?
Krishna : Our training methodology is a mix of online and self-learning using audio video content and instructor support either in a classroom environment or via live classes over the internet. We call it the blended model of learning.

In addition, we provide practice test to gauge the learning progress, case studies and exercises for group work and blogs to keep our users updated on their chosen area of expertise.

Techaloo : What is the recognition of certification provided by you?
Krishna : Almost all our courses are globally recognized as they are accredited by governing bodies like PMI, APMG, EXIN, CompTIA, IIBA, EC Council and others.

Techaloo : Can we see platforms such as Cloudera as your competitors?
Krishna : We see them as part of our eco-system. They have certifications in the area of cloud computing and big data. We are looking at partnering with them and offering their certification courses on our training platform as well.

Techaloo : How is the response till now?
Krishna : We have got a phenomenal response in the last 3 years and are training more than 5000 new users every month. So far, we have trained more than 100,000 professionals.

Techaloo : What are your plans for next 3 years?
Krishna : We are looking at big investments to create world class courses that become benchmarks in the online learning space. We will create a new benchmark when it comes to customer delight.

Techaloo : What will be your advice for a new startup?
Krishna : As long as you are doing something wherein customers see value and can potentially pay for that value, everything will fall into place. Be patient! Sometimes, getting results can take longer than expected.

Techaloo : What do you think about techaloo.com?
Krishna : TechAloo is a great initiative to foster entrepreneurship.  Such platforms are a great resource to share knowledge and learn from each other.

Meet Krishna Kumar

krishnaKrishna Kumar is the founder & CEO of Simplilearn.com, one of the leading players in online education and training for professional certification courses. Krishna Kumar, an engineer by education from NIT, Surathkal, is an extremely energetic and result oriented person with 13 years of experience in the IT industry. He started his new venture Simplilearn.com in 2009, and escalated it to one of the largest players in online education globally. Simplilearn today, in a very short span of time, stands to be the largest player in project management and IT service management area. Almost 1,00,000 professional across 150+ countries and trainers have used the learning methodology provided by Simplilearn to grow their career, and these numbers are increasing at a rapid speed. It provides self-paced learning content, online tests and remote instructor support at various time zones.

 

Krishna, started his career with Infosys as a software engineer, but soon his entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to start his own venture – Tech Unified. Krishna was the Co-founder & COO of TechUnified, which was acquired by a public listed company in February, 2007.  Tech Unified, prior to its acquisition, was known for its gamut of world class products in areas of mobile banking, voice banking and telecom self-care. Krishna is known for his entrepreneurial achievements with a positive track record of establishing new ventures in the field of IT and nurturing it to new heights.

 

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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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