Karunn Kandoi (Born: January 22 1978)
Young and dynamic Karunn 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.
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.