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Having played a key role in establishing and expanding the homegrown edtech unicorn BYJU’S in the Indian market, Gokulnath is now actively building and scaling the business in several other countries.

She completed a Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from the RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru. And interestingly, she started teaching at age 21 in 2008, when she taught math, English and logical reasoning.

In 2011, she founded BYJU’S with her husband Byju Raveendran and has spoken out about India becoming a center of teachers.

“There is enormous potential for teachers. The golden age of teaching is back, especially for women. (For) 15-20 years we made software engineers for the world, we now have the potential to create teachers for the world,” Gokulnath told SheThePeople in an interview.

The edtech company is currently valued at $23 billion after doubling its revenue to nearly ₹10,000 crore in FY22. According to media reports, its valuation has seen steady growth of 36% over the past eight months.

Gokulnath has a net worth of ₹4550 crore, according to the Kotak Hurun report, and was named the richest female startup entrepreneur in India.

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