Education plays a very important role in shaping our futures. A good teacher can do real wonders in a student’s life. But, finding that ideal teacher is a real tough task. This is exactly where Delhi NCR-based Education startup Trymytutor fits in. Launched in January 2013 by Sundeep Singh, TryMyTutor caters to the home tutor needs of students in and around Delhi NCR. It is a marketplace of home tutors for students. A few months later since inception, Somvir Yadav and Mujahid Khan joined the startup as co-founders. TryMyTutor now has ten members in their small but energetic team. And, all of them are dedicated to bringing a real and useful change in the education system of India.
Today, Sundeep Singh, the Founder and the CEO of TryMyTutor joins us in this interview session to share their story.
Hi Sundeep, welcome to conflating Visions. To start with, please tell us a few lines about yourself and your co-founders at TryMyTutor.
I started this business myself and ran it for quite sometime before I was joined by Somvir Yadav and Mujahid Khan. Although we have dedicated expertise in our team for every domain, but it is a very informal setup in the office where everybody helps everybody in their work and reaching someone out is just a matter of text.
I am the founder and CEO at TryMyTutor.com, NCR’s largest tutoring company. I have over 6 years of hands-on experience in Tutoring Industry as a visionary and strategic planner in leading, directing, advancing, and evaluating. My work goes to a core challenge of our times; the growing gap between the students and the teachers. In the macro picture over the years, I have identified some basic needs outside the radar screen of the Indian education system. My passion is to build a pan-Indian education company that helps students off campus through instant tutoring support with all means.
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I like reading literature, poetries and articles over startups revolution in my spare time.
Mujahid is the Tech and the Product guy. He basically takes care of what specific technology we are using and how are we using it, to build and scale better product.
Somvir looks after our marketing. How do we communicate to our audience and how do we build our brand amongst growing competition is his area of expertise.
Both of them have prior experience of handling businesses in the education domain.
Also, not to forget, we have an amazing team of 10 other people with varying responsibilities. They actually are our frontrunners in converting this idea into something big. We are a small happy family.
Tell us about TryMyTutor. What is your working model?
TryMyTutor is a marketplace of home tutors for students/parents. We offer you a tutor at your home according to your preference. Simultaneously, the tutors are provided with home tutions (more sales) near their location.
What invoked you to think of creating TryMyTutor?
It is a mix of a little experience and a lot of realization. I actually tried to become a part-time tutor myself when I was in College but was unable to find an organization which genuinely provided Demand and an income opportunity. That’s it; it got me thinking and I decided to start something small for college kids. That led to the first version of the idea called The Education Academy; the second version was Tutorkart. A lot of hustle and then the result of our team’s relentless pursuit and steadfast commitment that joined vision of my team has led to what TryMyTutor is today.
Do you feel you have achieved all the objectives so far?
Not at all. I think we’ve just started on the long road of bringing about a lot of change in the way education is being seen and approached in our society. Moreover, the objectives keep changing and keep on becoming bigger every time we accomplish an objective.
Share the investment details of TryMyTutor.
Currently, we are bootstrapping our business. But, we’ll actively look out for funds really soon (our new product is in development). Meanwhile, we’ve had a few offers from some investors which we’ve turned down till now. We are actively shuffling through various investment options by different angel investors/groups.
How has the demand for TryMyTutor’s service grown since inception?
Demand for good home tutors has always existed in the education market in India and with growing nuclear families in which both parents are working, the demand has really gone up in the Delhi NCR area. Initially, we were able to generate somewhere around 10 leads a month which has grown to 600 to 800 demand for tutors every month. The demands for female tutors has doubled since last few years.
Share some of your success stories.
Personally, I don’t think I’ve achieved success yet. But I have a lot of success stories which our business has created. From students getting better grades to so many teachers has opted tutoring as a full-time career with our help, making up to Rs 1 lac a month just by giving tuitions. This is something which inspires us a lot. Many of our tutors are college students and are becoming more self-dependent financially meanwhile developing their confidence and communication skills.
What makes TryMyTutor different from its competitors?
TryMyTutor actually have a lot of direct and indirect competitors. The only thing that makes us different and better than them is the size of our numbers. We currently have more number of active tutors registered than any other portal or bureau and everyone of them is getting sufficient demand. Our detailed experience of execution in the market also gives us execution advantages over them. Our supply is so strong that we are even filling some of the demand of portals like UrbanClap in Delhi NCR.
TryMyTutor doesn’t limit itself to basic subjects like Maths and Science. We’ve carefully built our supply keeping all the subjects from KG to Post graduation in mind. Our better understanding of our user’s preference and our ability to deliver on it really sets us apart.
Sundeep, what has been the most challenging part of your entrepreneurial journey so far?
The private tutoring (especially home tutoring) market in India is very fragmented and really unorganized. The biggest challenge for a startup like us is to actually organize it in such a way that we create more entrepreneurs out of homes and at the same time provide an amazing experience to each and every user. The challenges of proper execution have been the most challenging part. But as they say, it only makes us stronger.
How did you overcome it?
By shifting our focus to technology to be true. We use a lot of machine learning and database empowerment tech to filter out demand and supply. This results in a better match of the student and tutor. We are trying to organize this fragmented market by setting up better resource parameters to churn out a lot of executional challenges of the business.
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What are your future plans for TryMyTutor?
Oh, there are a lot of future plans, but for now, we are strongly focused on bringing an automated product with a seamless experience. The product is in the development stage as of now and will be launched soon. From a geographical point of view, we are focused on strengthening our demand and supply from the NCR regions (which has 4 small cities). Afterwards, we’ll expand to other metro cities.
A distant future of TryMyTutor may comprise of strong use of tech to deliver better learning experience to students. Products like online tutoring and live group classes are something we are eyeing in a 3-year window.
And one last question of this session Sundeep, if you have had one wish…
I and my core team strongly feel about the education system in India and even in the world. If given a chance we’ll love to bring about a lot of good change in it so that a better generation is developed.
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