Prasad Ram (aka Pram) is the founder and CEO of Ednovo, a non-profit education technology start-up that develops Gooru, a solution for personalized learning. Ram previously worked at Xerox PARC, Dynamx Technology (co-founder), Yahoo! and Google. He has led the creation of a number of technologies, such as digital rights management, maps, voice recognition and language transliteration.
Ram was born in Tiptur of Karnataka state in southern India. He obtained his B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1987. He then went on to pursue his Master's degree (M.S) and Ph.D. in Computer Science, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Ram started his career at Xerox PARC, where he worked on Digital Rights Management technology. He was recognized for his work with the Excellence in Research Award. Based on the DRM technologies he developed and patented, he created and became the General Manager of ContentGuard business at Xerox. In 2000, he founded Dynamx Technology, Inc., a start-up that was acquired by Value Chain Pty. Ltd.
Ram joined Yahoo!, as a chief technology officer of Yahoo! India in April 2004. He led the creation of products (Yahoo! Audio/Image search, Yahoo! 360, and Yahoo! Hotjobs) and platforms (Spam Filtering, Behavioral Targeting, Mobile Data Analysis, Vertical Search, Content Management). He joined Google as the head and site director at Google's India research and development centre in Bangalore in October 2006. In 2007, he introduced many products and technologies, including Mapmaker, News, Finance and Transliteration. He then moved back to the U.S., where he worked on Google Books and as Director of Engineering, Google Research.
While working at Google, Ram devised a prototype to address his problem of finding age- and topic-appropriate educational resources on the web. What began as a "20% effort" evolved into a year-long pilot in India that included 1,000 students across 25 classrooms. Ram subsequently left Google to pursue Gooru as a non-profit education technology start-up. Gooru currently develops web and mobile apps that use data analytics to help teachers personalize learning.
Ram organized and led a parent volunteer movement when PSBBLLA, a K-12 school in Bangalore that commenced operations in 2006, split from the Brigade Group. Ram is on the Governing Board of the International School of Information Management (ISiM), at the University of Mysore, Mysore, India. Since 2014, he is a member of the California Council on Science and Technology.
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