Karan Bajaj, founder and CEO of WhiteHat Jr, is leaving the company a year after selling the startup for $ 300 million to Indian edtech giant Byju’s.
In an email to employees on Wednesday, Bajaj and Byju founder and managing director Byju Raveendran said the departure followed a “mutual decision” made when acquiring WhiteHat Jr.
Discussions about Bajaj’s departure from the company have been circulating for more than a quarter. TechCrunch asked Byju in early April if Bajaj was going to leave the company, a detail India’s most valuable startup dismissed as bogus at the time.
A few days later, Byju’s announced that it was renaming its international activities as Byju’s Future School and Bajaj as a leader.
In today’s email, Raveendran said: “While I wish he had stayed longer, Karan is a force of nature and used to making unconventional choices, as you know all, and I wish him all the best for what will surely be an exciting road ahead.
Raveendran said Trupti Mukker, who previously oversaw customer experience at WhiteHat Jr, will now lead WhiteHat Jr.
WhiteHat Jr, which teaches kids coding, math and science, is one of the fastest growing edtech startups in India. The startup has also gained attention because of its unusual approach to pursuing criticism.
“Overall, I am really very excited for your way ahead and deeply grateful for allowing me to be a part of your life during this intense, stimulating but deeply satisfying time that we are experiencing together,” Bajaj wrote to employees. today.