Pran Kurup

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Pran Kurup
Born 3 October 1966
Chennai, India
Died 3 September 2016(2016-09-03) (aged 49)
Thiruvananthapuram, India
Occupation Entrepreneur, author
Parent(s) K. Madhava Kurup, Sarojini
Relatives K. P. P. Nambiar (uncle)

Pran Kurup (3 October 1966 – 3 September 2016) was an Indian entrepreneur and author.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Pran Kurup was born in Chennai to K. Madhava Kurup and Sarojini, who hailed from Kannur.[2] He was the nephew of K. P. P. Nambiar.[3] He completed his graduation in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and post-graduation in Robotics from Miami University.[2]

Entrepreneur and author[edit]

Pran Kurup founded Vitalect, an e-learning company based in California in 1997. He also served as the president of the Silicon Valley Indian Professionals Association (SIPA).[4]

Kurup authored three books.[5] The first two books were on technical topics. He co-authored Logic Synthesis Using Synopsys with Taher Abbasi. The second book It's the Methodology, Stupid! was co-authored with Taher Abbasi and Ricky Bedi. In 2016, he released his third book on his IIT batchmate and friend Arvind Kejriwal.[6] Titled Arvind Kejriwal & the Aam Aadmi Party: An Inside Look, the book contained a political analysis[7] of the rise of Kejriwal and AAP[8] and a comparison of the growth with that of start-up companies.[1] The book was released by Kejriwal himself in New Delhi.[9]

He was also a columnist on the Economic Times blogs.[4]


Pran Kurup died on 3 September, 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram, due to heart failure and was cremated on 5 September 2016.[2] He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.


  1. ^ a b "Arvind Kejriwal is no dictator: Pran Kurup's new book looks at AAP as a start-up in politics". Daily News & Analysis. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "പ്രാണ്‍ കുറുപ്പ് അന്തരിച്ചു". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "പ്രാൺ കുറുപ്പ് നിര്യാതനായി". Kerala Kaumudi. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b >"Outside Edge". The Economic Times. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Author - Pran Kurup". GoodReads. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "When a 'Gabbar Singh' in Kharagpur came to head AAP (Book Review)". Business Standard. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Why the Aam Aadmi Party is like Android and Linux: it's an Open Source movement". Scroll. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Legend of Arvind". India Today. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Talk of Sidhu becoming AAP face in Punjab premature: Arvind Kejriwal". Financial Express. Retrieved 5 September 2016.