Listen: Toppr founder Zishaan Hayath on online schools and managing user surge

6 Jul, 2020

At a time when the country has shut down educational institutions, forcing people to self-learn at home, edtech platforms have gained popularity.

Mumbai-based Toppr Technologies, one of the major players in the Indian edtech space, has built a learning app for students in class 5 and above. It also aids students with engineering and medical tests preparation.

The firm claims to have witnessed one million sessions per day since May, with 100% month-on-month growth in paid users and a 125% increase in the number of subscribers for its live classes. 

In an interview with TechCircle, the company’s CEO and founder Zishaan Hayath speaks about how the company has managed the user enrollment spike, life after schools reopen and the strategies going ahead. 

Hayath set up the company in 2013 with fellow IIT Bombay alumnus Hemanth Goteti. It uses artificial intelligence-based machine learning algorithms to personalise learning paths for every student. It recently raised $2 million from returning investor Kaizen Private Equity. 

The firm competes with companies such as Vedantu and Byju’s -- the latter recently rolled out a tutoring programme Byju’s Classes to offer scheduled online classes and live doubt solving sessions to students.