Karunn Kandoi is a young & dynamic Entrepreneur with illustrious academic background. He has Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Product Management and Marketing from University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He graduated from Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India with Bachelor of Engineering degree.He left a glorious career behind to venture into education in India in 2006 with an aim to provide 360º new age education solutions to students. In 2012 Karunn Joined Extramarks Education to head SDT and Emerging Markets. The company establishes Technology Enabled Classrooms in schools which use especially developed digital content while imparting education in the class rooms. Prior to Extramarks, Karunn Kandoi had founded Shree Eduserve Private Limited, which emerged as a multi brand education distribution (retail) company. Apart from being an entrepreneur, Karunn Kandoi has also been manager of various corporate ventures. The immense knowledge and expertise that Karunn Kandoi possess today has been the result of the experience that he had gained in the initial phase of his career while working at top level positions in companies like Swastik Marble, General Electric (Ge) Medical Systems, Philips Medical Systems and Microsoft Corporation.

Recently Extramarks Education Private Limited has started an office in South Africa.


Karunn’s Tryst with Microsoft

karun kandoi microsoftKarunn Kandoi, an entrepreneur, businessman, manager of many corporate ventures and a thorough professional… the man has earned several accreditations over the years. He is currently serving as the President, Skill Development Training, Extramarks Education Private Ltd, India’s premiere venture to take education to the virtual platform.  Over the past years, he has contributed his experience and expertise with some giant companies like Philips Medical Systems, General Electric Medical Systems, Swastik Marble et al. He has led numerous projects worth million dollars with the companies and accomplished them with remarkable success. However, his tenure with the Microsoft Corporation as the Product Manager marked the biggest high of his career which fetched him name, fame and most importantly, a potential reason for the country’s youth to look up to him as their icon.

Karunn perfectly epitomizes hard work, unrelenting will and true ingenuity as the formula for making a successful man. What seems to be the perfect extravagant life was replete with struggles and hindrances to reach at this zenith of success. However, as a fighter, he treaded through his difficult times and shouldered the responsibility of his entire family. His tryst with his scientific and inquisitive bent happened during schooling in Jaipur, Rajasthan, in 1982. To follow his aspirations, he cracked the entrance examination of the most prestigious institutes of the country, BIT Bangalore.

The landmark achievement of Karunn Kandoi’s career was in 2004, when he assumed the role of the esteemed Product Manager with Microsoft Corporation. His expertise and wisdom brought tremendous changes in the company, especially in its annual turnover. He took over the responsibility of forecasting and reporting for Microsoft Network (MSN) search, which he successfully accomplished to perfection. He further led yet another prestigious project to evaluate most valuable query volumes across MSN properties, with Microsoft. The project not only concluded successfully on the estimated time-period, but also systemized the monetization system of the company, thus incurring a profit of $12 million in the financial year, 2005.

During his tenure with Microsoft, Karunn essentially led numerous audits in order to develop a better understanding of MSN Search’s internal business reporting structure and market share. The result of these audits later became the baseline for Microsoft Network to build automated reporting for Key Progress Indicators. With his efforts and self-determination, Microsoft Network search graduated to become the premiere search engines by most of the online searchers.  He led a huge team comprising of professionals with multiple ethnic backgrounds so as to automate the query volume designed for reporting to the top notch executives of Microsoft.

His contributions and excellent performance won him various honors and acknowledgements by Microsoft. His significant efforts in augmenting the revenue increasing means with Microsoft Network search, by dramatic measures, won him an eternal reputation for the same with the company. Karun kandoi, karun kandoi microsoft.

Karunn Kandoi

Karunn Kandoi (Born: January 22 1978)

Young and dynamic Karunn KandoiKarun kandoi has an extremely interesting and noteworthy life. Despite a modest beginning, at a very young age, he has attained excellent professional success and reputation. At this young age, he has already worked with the giants like GE, Philips Medical Systems and Microsoft and left a memorable impression there. Presently, he is the President of Skill Development and Training of an online education company, Extramarks Education Private Limited and has emerged as a thought leader in the new age learning methods.

Born in Cuttack, Orissa to Shree Gopal Kandoi and Kusum Kandoi on 22 January 1978, Karunn Kandoi belongs to a very humble background. In 1982, the family moved to Jaipur, and that brought about a huge change in Karunn’s life. After completing his schooling from TPS Jaipur, he went ahead and got an Engineering Degree in instrumentation and electronics from BIT Bangalore.

Further Education and Accomplishments
Being an achiever and an all-rounder, he not only participated in many events in the college, but also was chosen as a member of the Placement Cell for the college, where he got an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge and experience. In 1999 to improve his skills, he took up a course in Placement Process of Reengineering (PPR) that was being conducted by a renowned organization named PESIT (Bangalore). Around the same time, he started helping his uncle in managing a company named Swastik Marbles, due to his unmatched efforts this company that had started off with just $10000 grew to a $300,000 worth company.

The Achievements
After the completion of his engineering degree in 2000, he joined the GE Medical Bangalore (General Electric Medical system) as a Quality and Configuration Management Lead and Design Engineer. Soon, Karunn Kandoi won praise in the company for showing his talent in designing an automated testing module. He also got the prestigious GE’s Clinical excellence award and won the honorable certification of Six Sigma Green Belt.

In 2001, Karunn decided to go for further education and joined the University of Washington for MBA. His education was totally self-funded, and he assisted the university as an assistant teacher and was awarded the best teaching certificate in his tenure. After the 3rd quarter of his MBA, he joined Philips Medical Systems as a Corporate Intern and the same company offered him a job as a Marketing Manager the year he completed his MBA in 2004. Here too, all he got was success and accolades; he was responsible for re-engineering the firms’ marketing strategy for the entire North America and led to 50% increase in the market share in the $100 million vascular surgery equipment.

It’s noteworthy to mention that while still in MBA, Karunn along with 4 other friends conceptualized a business called Complianz Inc. The aim of this business was to simplify the process of FDA approvals in the US and to allow the biomedical companies for developing the internationally compliant products for the rapidly expanding global market while simultaneously reducing the time to the market.

In the year 2005, he got an offer to join Microsoft Corporation as the position of Product manager for MSN search. His efforts at MSN led to considerable incremental revenue of $12 Million in FY05 through better monetization. Further, he led the audits for understanding MSN searches, internal business reporting system and market share.

Return to India
In 2005, he got married to his soul mate and in the year end returned to India for good. Being an achiever and a visionary, he soon launched an educational organization called Focus, which aimed at the career assessment of children and Spoken English classes. The company grew exponentially, and by the year 2009 it was spread to over 10 states and had 70 offices in different locations all over India. Karunn Kandoi is currently the President of Skill Development and Training business at Extramarks Education.

Karunn Kandoi: Proficiency personified at FOCUS

English in the modern day is undouDSC_0088btedly an indispensable medium to express oneself in the times of globalization especially when English happens to be the most spoken language in the world. An increasing demand for English in all spheres of our lives has made it imperative for every Indian to ensure that we are well adept with this language as a conversing medium in today’s age of advanced communication revolution.

The need to learn quality English in India has long been catered to by innumerable English learning and training institutes across India but hardly one will come across an enterprise with an expertise quotient as high as FOCUS which has long been engaged in providing quality speaking English training.

Currently FOCUS is one of the largest chains of spoken English training centers across Rajasthan with more than 30 institutes and still continues to progress on its path of unparalleled success with more than 70 centers spread over six other states in India. What makes the story even more astounding for the institute established in 2006 is the fact that this remarkable achievement became a reality within the first six months of its inception.

This dream come true for innumerable aspirants for acquiring proper speaking and interaction skills in English has largely been possible due to the untiring efforts of Karunn Kandoi who with the help of his visionary ideology and unique entrepreneurial prowess made the flourishing existence of Focus a reality. He has been the real architect behind the rise of this premier institute which has helped so many careers take a perfect shape and stand out with flying colors. Thanks to the exceptional English speaking training at FOCUS.

A man of virtues and unparalleled vision, Karunn Kandoi flaunted exemplary gifted ideas right from his beginning days as a youth. An engineering graduate from the Bangalore Institute of Technology with scholarly traits, Karunn Kandoi further went on to pursue MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the globally acclaimed University of Washington in Seattle, USA. His scholastic background helped him earn managerial positions at the famed MSN Corporations in Redmond, Washington. The sheer amount of experience earned coupled with future savvy entrepreneurial skills made Karunn Kandoi an instant hit in every situation he tested the waters.

It would never be an injustice to vouchsafe for the fact that FOCUS has intricately played a decisive role in innumerable careers across India thus helping individuals find themselves established in diverse spheres of their life. All this has been possible mostly due to the indomitable spirit of Karunn Kandoi who being a true embodiment of success and talent coalesced in the most potent form, took FOCUS to incredible heights unconquered till date. The meticulously interactive form of the entire schema is assured to help anyone willing to achieve greatness in his career with impeccable English to his credit. Karunn Kandoi being such a talented personality as he is, has assured that every single individual approaching FOCUS are assured to have a great future ahead.

Karunn Kandoi – Biography

Karunn Kandoi has been a fighter karun kandoi (2)from the very beginning of his life. His parents had taught him not to accept defeat at any point of time in and keeping this teaching in mind, he kept on trying hard to achieve success. When his father shifted the family to Jaipur in Rajasthan, in the year 1982, he started his schooling there. He completed his secondary and higher secondary education from the TPS School, Jaipur. A keen interest in the scientific discoveries and the technological development that were taking place in this world at that time, had led Karunn Kandoi to pursue his studies in the science stream.

This aspiration continued when he took the joint examination of CET. Coming out with flying colours, in the examination, he got the opportunity to fulfil his aspirations of becoming an engineer. Like any other boy of his age, Karunn Kandoi was also deeply attracted to the most talked about discovery at that time, the computers. It was his determination and dedication that helped him to pursue his dream of exploring the world of electronics and instruments. Thus, his dream got fulfilled when he got admitted to the electronics and instrumentation department in one of the most prestigious engineering institutes of this country, the BIT Bangalore. He was destined to be the first Engineer in the Kandoi family making the entire family proud.
While talking about the educational qualifications of Karunn Kandoi, it must also be mentioned that Karunn was not only an exceptionally brilliant student in the traditional sense of the term. He was as ordinary as any other boy next door. He gave equal importance to studies and sports and other social activities. But what made him quite different from the others and indeed extraordinary is his  zeal of trying more. He never kept himself away from the little funs and frolics that life had to offer. With a few very good friends, with whom he could share his pain and happiness, he went to explore the hidden beauties of nature. So, he went to small or long trips to Himachal and Vaishno Devi. Adrenaline rushed very fast through his veins and he loved trekking on the hills and mountains. His trip to the Kafni glaciers and the Pindari glaciers is still cherished by him as his favourite trip.

One trip that has stayed very close to his heart was the trip to Goa. This is because; he was accompanied by his friends. His college friends have played a very important role in his life as this was the group with which he had spent his youth. What he learnt from his college days is to balance both enjoyment and responsibilities, in life. A charming personality with keen interest in every event organised in the college, made Karunn Kandoi earn his place and respect in the college. The responsibility made things quite easy for him as he came across many widely known companies. It taught him how to deal with the associates and higher authorities, which was useful to a great extent in his later life.

At this time, a big change came into his life, He moved from hostel to live with his Uncle in Bangalore. While pursuing B.E., he joined his uncle’s company, “Swastik Marble” which became the turning point in his life. This was his first real life experience and from here he learnt how to deal with the problems took the company to real heights. Implementing new schemes for the staff, and by establishing new marketing strategies, Karunn Kandoi increased the business of his first company to unparalleled heights within a very short time. This marked the beginning of a bright career awaiting him.