Sanjay Purohit

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Sanjay Purohit
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Sanjay Purohit speaking in Ahmadabad where iProf signed with Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in the presence of Narendra Modi
Born India
Alma mater Indian Institute of Technology Bombay(Mechanical Engineering)
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad(MBA)
Occupation Founder/Current CEO IProf India
Religion Hinduism
Website
www.iprofindia.com

Sanjay Purohit is an Indian businessman and the founder of IProf India, the country's largest personal education tablet provider.[1] iProf Learning Solutions was created in 2009 and has raised $15 million in venture capital funding from Norwest Venture Partners, IDG Ventures and global education research and technology company Hobsons.

iProf initially raised a Series A of $6 million from Norwest Venture Partners and IDG Ventures in 2011,[2] and then a Series B of $9 million, adding Hobsons to its board.[3]

iProf has tied with education firms such as Kaplan[4] and Indira Gandhi National Open University[5] to become the nation's leading learning solutions company.

Sanjay head several corporations in both India and the United States before forming iProf in September 2009.[6] He has been a guest speaker at premier business schools across the world including Harvard Business School and Kenan–Flagler Business School where Sanjay's work in business transformation is a reference case study.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Sanjay is a MBA Gold Medalist from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.His first job was as an Indian Administrative Service officer which gave him exposure to the prevailing education system in small towns across India.[7] After business school, he worked as a senior executive with AT&T Mobility and Motorola as a part of the team which introduced cell phones to India. Sanjay moved to the United States in 1999.

Career[edit]

Prior to starting IProf India, Sanjay was a managing director with Loughlin Meghji, a New York based business restructuring firm, which bailed out bankrupt companies in the United States. Sanjay oversaw restructuring at organizations including Silicon Graphics and Great Wide. Before Loughlin Meghji, Sanjay was the CEO of Dan River, a $600 million textile company, based in Danville, Virginia.[8] Dan River's transformation under Sanjay was featured in several business periodicals and is a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill case study.

In addition to Dan River, Sanjay has been the CEO of business process outsourcing companies such as Albany, New York based Colwell and Salmon, the Dalmia Group's Caretel and manufacturing firm Best and Baker. He was also part of the founding team at the IT BPO start-up, Epicenter Technologies.

Personal life[edit]

Sanjay Purohit is an Indian Brahmin from the Rajpurohit subgroup. He is involved in welfare work with Sankara Nethralaya and World Vision International.

In a Hindustan Times interview, Purohit said Steve Jobs inspires him because of Jobs' "ability to use technology to change lives for the better.[9] " His favorite books are The Bhagavad Gita, The Innovator's Dilemma and Future Shock.

His nineteen-year-old daughter, Siya Raj Purohit, is the author of "Engineering America: Teaching a Penguin How to Fly" and is currently pursuing a degree in computer engineering in the United States.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goel, Surbhi. "iProf: A device which resolves e-learning problems". The Economic Times. 
  2. ^ "iProf Gets 220 Million Rupees Investment". Wall Street Journal. 
  3. ^ "iProf Learning Solutions raises $9 million in series B round of funding". The Economic Times. 
  4. ^ "Kaplan Invests In IProf". Businessworld. 
  5. ^ "IDGVI invests in iProf- tablet based e-learning marketplace". OneIndia News. 
  6. ^ Ghosh, Padmaparna (July 16, 2011). "Class Apart". India Today. 
  7. ^ "Sanjay Purohit - Chief Executive Officer". iProf India. 
  8. ^ Bahree, Megha. "The Multinational, Updated". Forbes. 
  9. ^ Barua, Proyashi (August 7, 2012). "CEO Secret". Hindustan Times. 
  10. ^ "Amazon.com: Siya Raj Purohit". 

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