Madhur Pahwa can be summed up as a visionary working to make education and knowledge easily accessible to all. He is a fierce believer of effective communication with a sound expertise in managing strategic problems. Over the years, he has gained ample capabilities that traverse several verticals. He focuses on developing SEO, branding, strategy along with leadership and management skills.
An alumnus of Bangalore University, Madhur Pahwa completed his Bachelor’s in Information Technology and has a Postgraduate Degree in Management (Systems and Marketing). Before envisioning his start-up simplelecture.com, he gained competence with several roles like Brand Development, Marketing Strategies and Strategic Consulting. Simple Lecture is a venture, which used latest technology in the field of education for the betterment of the students. It has managed to open a Pandora’s box for students who want to gain knowledge in a creative and intuitive manner.
Please provide a brief overview of your product/ service.
Simplelecture.com is an effort towards using today’s technology being used in the field of education for the betterment of the students. The website is an e-learning campus for students of 10th 11th and 12th for CBSE and State board. It used the concept of ‘teaching oneself at home’ via Audio- Video Lectures and provides seamless and constant information flow round the clock. The website’s objective is to ‘teach oneself at home’ by providing structured information so that students are able to access top quality information via lecturesand can prepare well for their academic and competitive exams on their own time at very affordable price.
- The website’s key features include:
- Chapter-Wise Recorded Audio-Video Lectures
- Quick Test
- Expert Doubt Solving Forum
- Course Map
- Practical Oriented Explanations
- Performance Dashboard
- Notes According to Syllabus and Exam Format
- Sample Question Papers
- Recorded Lectures by Expert Professors
What inspired you to build the above product/ service?
When I was a student and had just entered Class 11, my dream was to score excellent marks and enter one of the best engineering colleges in the state. To do the same, I diligently joined tuitions, which was the biggest mistake of my life. My life became an endless sprint, running from one class to another the entire day to attend all kinds of different tuition’s.
Moreover, the huge sizes of the batches left me dazed, where many of my doubts were left unclear. Add to this the huge amount I’d paid as fees, and I felt that all I’d done had gone down the drain. It was after finishing Class 12th that the idea of Simplelecture.com germinated in my mind, towards which I began working after engineering and MBA. The aim was to create a one-stop solution for all the educational needs of the students. I shared this idea and passion of mine with eminent educationist Dr. Suresh Nagpal. The concept more than resonated with him and he whole heartedly backed the idea and the venture.
What is your life mantra ?
Don’t compare yourself to others. Instead, compare yourself to what you were yesterday. That is a sure-shot mantra towards bettering yourself.
What was the most challenging part of your journey till now?
For me, every day is a challenging day,but the major challenge I faced was while building a dedicated team and setting up the studio within budget. As for the website, the aim was to make our lectures simple and easily understandable as per the understanding ability of the students.
How did you overcome those challenges?
We realized that every problem had a solution. In our case, we were able to find the solution by understanding the needs of people from different domains and by surveying more than 100 students to understand their needs in a better way.
Share some details about the investments that you have been able to fetch for the business till now.
SimpleLectureis a family-and-friends venture and has not taken any investment from third parties.
How do you protect yourself from the problem of Brain Drain?
As I said earlier, building a dedicated team took time, and that is what has paid off – it is our biggest strength. We deal with all the problems as a family and every team member contributes to and carries the spirit of ownership.
According to you, what are the three qualities an individual must have to achieve success?
- Work with passion
- Work smart
- Believe in understanding the practical knowledge and then doing the necessary reading.
Which online tools/ services/ apps do you use the most and would like to recommend as well?
Share any one habit which you think makes you more productive.
Spending 30-40 minutes a day with myself and giving myself some ‘me’ time.
Share any one habit which you wish to change in yourself.
- My sleeping habits.
Answer in less than 50 words
One tip to success:
Passion goes a long way in ensuring your and your idea’s success, so be passionate in whatever you do.
One mistake you believe every individual must avoid:
Comparison is mankind’s biggest bane and one should stop comparing themselves with others. Everyone is unique in their own way.
One most important lesson that you have learnt till now:
Believe in yourself.
What are your plans for next 3 years?
The next step is to make Simple Lecture a one stop solution for all levels of education, whether it is academic exams or competitive ones.
If you get a chance to start your career again what would you do differently this time?
I believe that life never gives a second chance. Still, if I do get it, I will select the same path that I embarked upon, albeit a little earlier.
What are your top three getaway destinations?
Share a quote that inspires you the most
“Work hard till you become so important that if someone kills you. It’s not called a Murder but an Assassination.”