Interview with Sushant Das, Co-Founder at Eduonix

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The future of higher education certainly lies with online education as it offers the benefit of taking the classes at one’s convenient hour and pace, plus it saves time and money. In today’s world one needs to be competitive and a continuous learner of new skills, and online education enables this without requiring to take the time off from your regular job. Eduonix is one such startup that facilitates online learning through its number of intuitive platforms. 

Eduonix learning Solutions is a Mumbai-based online training and skill development company that offers high quality technology courses. The company which was founded by Sushant Das, Dushyant Tomar and KrishnaKumar Karancherry offers courses in various categories including software development, web development, programming languages, etc. The company was created with the vision of bringing quality skill building content and world class learning experience to everyone using both online and offline mediums, and adding fun and joy back to learning. The company offers courses and workshops in an easy to understand language making it easier for the everyday people to learn new skills.

Here is a small interview with Sushant Das, the co-founder of the company.

Give us a snapshot of your professional journey till now.

I joined a gaming startup just after my college in 2003. I joined as them as the technical head and soon got promoted to CTO – Director of the company, holding around 25% of the company. We built the company from one employee to around 45 employees. We were focused on Mobile games starting from the early days of black and white mobiles. Due to the difference of opinion on the future of the company with the other shareholders I left the company in 2013 and started Eduonix Learning Solutions the same year with a couple of my colleagues from the previous company. It has been a great journey from there on.

When & how did the entrepreneurial bug bite you?

I wanted to start my own company from my college days, and jumped on an offer from a startup as it offered me complete freedom to work on technologies I wanted to and create a team from the scratch.

What were the early days at Eduonix like?

Eduonix was started on a shoestring budget and most of the tasks including development, sales and marketing were done by the co-founders alone from a small 6 seater office with a shared toilet. Our first employee was an engineering trainee who was hired to work on platform support. Luckily we were a revenue positive company from the start and were able to shift to a larger and more comfortable office in just 3 months and then again moving to a much larger office in 2015.

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Can you please describe what a typical day at office is like?

A typical day consists of working on and improving the platform feature list, code checkouts on the production server and idea sharing meetings. Then there are also occasional meetings with the sales and marketing team followed by gaming sessions on Xbox.

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Can you tell us about the technology stack used at Eduonix?

We are using an MVC based PHP-MySQL framework, part of which has been developed in-house. JavaScript, JQuery and Bootstrap is used extensively along with part of the data stored in Mongo.

Is there any technology that you’re personally betting on to help you scale up?

We are very upbeat on Docker and are in process of getting it up and ready for our platform.

How are you using Business Intelligence and analytics at your company?

Mostly it is home-grown tools along with Google Analytics and other similar services.

How else does technology help your company stand apart from its rivals?

We want to be in forefront of technology keeping our system flexible enough to embrace new paradigms and providing our users a seamless, simple and elegant solution for their learning needs. We have been able to constantly improve our systems to deliver a better product to our users.   

What has been the biggest technical challenge you’ve faced while running Eduonix?

It has been the scaling challenges, which ultimately will arise when you grow.  The other challenge is keeping your process refined and intact when the team size increases.

What are some of the attributes you look out for in prospective technology employees?

He must be open to new technology paradigms, must be a quick learner and should be able to create simple solutions for complex problems.

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How do you keep up to date with the latest happenings in the technology world?

I am an avid reader of technology blogs and news sites and also try to attend some tech conferences whenever possible.

What gets you excited about coming to work every day?

Doing something I love with great bunch of people keeps me running all day long. Early morning code reviews or late night conference calls or a technical glitch on a weekend are just a part of a greater something and it keeps everyone fresh and motivated.

What sets Eduonix engineering culture apart?

Flexible and cutting edge are the two words I will choose. We are fluidic somewhere in between a regimented team and a chaotic workforce. It keeps us young and agile.

Which Eduonix value resonates best with you?

Sincerity is one value which both our company and me as a co-founder believe in and follow to the word.

Any piece of advice for techies out there?

Doing is learning. Don’t wait, just start with whatever you want to learn. Every issue you face is just a stepping-stone. There is no perfect technology which will help you solve all your problems. Technology will always be in flux so be dynamic and keep upgrading your skills and success will not be far behind.

 

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