Interview With : Arun Jagannathan, Founder and CEO of CrackVerbal
Updated on: 13 Jun 2016
Founder and CEO of CrackVerbal, Arun Jagannathan feels that on the way to success he experimented and winged his way through hurdles.
In an interview to SME Times, he said that his motto at CrackVerbal is "The more mistakes you make, the smarter you get".
CrackVerbal is one of India's fastest growing test preparation and admissions consulting. Started out with 6 students in a coffee shop in 2006, CrackVerbal today helps over 2000 students a year get to their dream schools in India and across the globe. Crackverbal has sent students to top schools such as Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Kellogg, Duke, INSEAD, London Business School, Oxford, Cambridge, ISB, and the IIMs.
Excerpts from the interview... When you had started CrackVerbal? In your words what CrackVerbal actual is?
Arun Jagannathan: We started CrackVerbal with the same intention as most startups – "to build a better mousetrap".
I always felt that my real calling in life was teaching. In the early 2000s, I started teaching part-time at India's largest training institutes for CAT, and later moved on to the GMAT and GRE space. I was also a popular contributor on various online forums such as Pagalguy.com and Beatthegmat.com.
However, I was frustrated at teaching preparatory courses made for Americans to an Indian audience. Finally in 2006, I started CrackVerbal to teach Indians in a unique way that made sense to them. However, It was not until 2009 that Shreekala (the other co-founder) and I started looking at this as a full-time business.
Since our inception a decade ago, we have rapidly evolved into a leading Test-Prep and Admissions Consulting company, focusing on the entire application journey – from the time students start preparing for the GMAT/GRE, to the time they get into a program of their choice. In this period, we have helped thousands of aspirants get into their dream MS and MBA programs, by guiding them at various stages of their application journey.