A huge emphasis is put on education, from school to college to university. It has always been vitally important to get a degree, and it still is. But there are always exceptions to the rule, as we know from Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Thomas Edison. Some people are so brilliant, innovative and ahead of the game that they go places, whether they have a degree or not.
Varun Shoor who hails from Jalandhar is one of those people. His name may soon be muttered in the same breath as Bill Gates. Because of Varun, who dropped out of school, is now the CEO of Kayako, a customer service software company, and NASA is his clients.
CODING GEEK – VARUN SHOOR
Varun always loved computers and technology but wasn’t mad about other school subjects. Anything to do with the cyber world appealed to him and while he would have walked away with all the trophies at school for computers, coding, and technology, he was forced to study history, geography, and science.
It all started back in 1996 when Varun was given an extra computer from his father’s factory. Since then, geeky Varun began to get his hands on that computer. As his interest in technology grew, his grades at school began to drop and eventually he failed in the 9th standard.
It could have been disastrous but Varun Shoor was not discouraged. He knew he had skills that others did not have and he knew that one day these skills would be in huge demand. He was also aware that there were huge companies out there that would need his software brilliance.
Varun taught himself all he needed to know, plus more, about the online world, about online software, coding and web hosting. Money was always a problem, especially as being a ‘school drop out’ his parents were not overly keen to invest in him.
Shoor started off in online chatrooms, researching domain names and talking to people in the software world. He designed his own website and created 20 different identities on Web Hosting Talk, with all having different IP addresses.
He started providing customer service to software companies via Kayako. And soon the business started pouring in. As a 17-year-old, he created a startup that now has MTV, NASA, Pearson, SEGA, ICANN, and the University of Illinois as clients.
Academics never attracted me but I read a lot of books on software and code writing, and, of course cookery, which is my hobby. I was never trained in formal coding and learnt it from books. Writing code was my hobby and I had a family business as a backup. Sabeer Bhatia had just sold Hotmail and I dreamed of creating something like that.
Even his parents, who had been sceptical, realized their son was more than an entrepreneur. He was in fact brilliant. Due to his extraordinary foresight, today his company – Kayako has spread its branches in 6 countries, with a strength of over 150 employees.
We are quite sure that Varun Shoor is going places with his excellent coding skills. And today Varun is not just earning well but is gaining worldwide recognition.
Really its a huge achievement for a school dropout with no training in software coding to build something that is internationally acclaimed.
We wish him good luck in his career and life.
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