Today we’d like to introduce you to Manu Shahi.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My journey started 12 years back when I entered the education industry. I opened up a franchise for teaching kids Math and Reading, called Kumon. With ten years as an instructor, coached kids on how to study and approach math and reading, I realized that the struggle was not with the subject but the fact on how to learn.
The parent conferences that were supposed to be about the child’s progress in math and reading ended up as private conferences on motivation, time management, working memory and study skills. Every day I saw a disconnect between parents and kids as they were entering the pre-teens years.
The number of sports activities and other commitments went up and ‘PDF.” (as Stanford Challenge Success calls it-Playtime, family time and downtime went down) Parents were going from one class to another, minivans looked like fast food joints with unhealthy food. If I wanted to talk to the parents, they were always on their phone either on a work call or trying to finish other stuff. That is when I realized that the mantra is “Connect before we correct the dots.”