An Indian software icon says kids need not learn coding early
Sridhar Vembuis the founder of India’s one of the biggest softwarebootstrapped startups, ZohoCorp.
- Vembu highlighted that he consciously avoided programming and computer science because he did not have any interest in it.
- Vembu was 26 when he first started
codingand founded Zoho at the age of 28.
- Several startups in India have been pulled up for aggressive marketing campaigns to promote their
coding for kidsproducts.
Vembu, founder and chief executive (CEO) of India’s one of the biggest software bootstrapped startups, Zoho Corp, highlighted that he consciously avoided programming and computer science — the hottest subjects even back in his days — because he was not interested.
The Padma Shri awardee (India’s fourth highest civilian honour) said that he was 26 when he wrote his first code and it was only by the age of 30 that he had developed deeper thoughts about software.
Late blooming is OK!— Sridhar Vembu (@svembu) September 14, 2021
All through my IIT and Princeton days I consciously avoided programming and Computer Science, the hottest subject even then, except that I was not interested. I was 26 when I wrote any code at all. I was 30 when I developed deeper thoughts about software.
Currently, startups working in the segment are Tinker Coders, Camp K12, StayQrious, Coding Ninjas and CodeYoung. Byju’s alone has two such startups in its portfolio — WhiteHat Jr and Toppr that also offers Toppr Codr. It is now in talks to acquire a US-based company Tynker.
The recent disruptions led by new technology has added to the demand for an early start in learning. However, there are many who believe this fear of missing out may be unwarranted.
Vembu seems to be one of them. He is an influential voice in the technology space — also member of the National Security Advisory Board led by Ajit Doval — who founded Zoho Corp when he was about 28 years old. The company is currently in its 25th year of operations and has never raised money from investors despite being profitable.
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The company is headquartered in Chennai in India and has offices in several countries — United States, Japan, China, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United Arab Emirates.
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