Anand Chaudhary – Necessity leading to Innovation

Innovation

“When I was volunteering at Uday Foundation, one of the projects that I undertook was to teach a senior citizen how to use the internet on a computer. I distinctly remember the smile on her face when she Skype-called her son for the first time and saw her grandson right in front of her. One of the most enriching experiences of my life was to help empower her.

This is one such event that inspired me to build new accessibility technologies at Oswald Foundation which was started by me and Nishant to empower the millions of people who are unable to use smartphones and other modern devices today.

I felt that there was a dire need for everyone to be introduced to the common tech that is involved in our daily lives since this is an era of digital times. And necessity has always been the mother of invention for me.

I remember starting my first startup, Class Rebels, an education technology company building an accessible online classroom for students, when I was in 10th grade because I was unable to find quality study material online. My cofounders were incredibly talented, but we were unable to build a business out of it.

After Class Rebels, I started freelancing for few companies and pro bono at organizations like the Government of Delhi, where I helped design a new system to be implemented in Delhi’s government schools for better communication.

I also started the Made with Love in India initiative, a movement to promote India-made products and services by adding a “Made with ♥ in India” badge. Hike Messenger is one of the big companies using that badge.

All this while, I was still studying at The Mother’s International School. So after finishing my high school earlier this year, I joined the Unitedworld Institute of Design (UID) in Ahmedabad to study Visual Communication Design, but I failed to see the ROI of a four-year college degree. This is when Nishant and I had already started building what Oswald Foundation is today during my short stay at UID. So, I dropped out after two months to build this company full-time. A quarter hence, I have an incredible team of 10 building the best suite of accessibility products, including the world’s foremost reading tool for people with learning disabilities and the world’s first smartphone for the blind.

I wouldn’t lie but I had the incredible fortune to grow up with three sets of parents; my father, my chachu, and my papaji, all have done businesses. All that I know, I have learned from them, and I never want to stop learning.

Despite their support, since my entrepreneurial efforts started while I was in school, It was a big challenge for me to balance the societal expectations of education with my alternate route. I spent all my time after school hours working, so Computer Science was the only subject I was good at.

But I had found my field of interest. I knew what I was good at and what kind of problems I wanted to solve. So, keep looking for what you love, for who you are. And once you find it, work hard.”

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Anand Chaudhary - Necessity Leading To Innovation
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Anand Chaudhary - Necessity Leading To Innovation
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After Class Rebels, I started freelancing for few companies and pro bono at organizations like the Government of Delhi, where I helped design a new system to be implemented in Delhi's government schools for better communication.
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