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The New Indian Express | y Mathew Joy Maniyamkott | Bangalore | 27th July 2015 |

Mobile apps are the next big thing and skills such as mobile app developing in iOS, Android and other platforms are much in demand. It is a given that there will be a lot of projects in this sector and this is where the industry needs a lot of skilled coders. The brother-sister duo of Basavaraj Hampali, 26 and Saroja Hampali, 24, founded PracticalCoding.in to bridge this gap. Basavaraj worked with Traffline.com and founded KanheriEdu.com, an education technology company. He takes care of the business aspect and community building while his sister is in-charge of technology and social media at PracticalCoding.in. Saroja is an engineer from BV Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology after which she quit her job at TCS to co-found PracticalCoding. Basavaraj is a computer science engineer from SDM College of Engineering. He also worked with EcselisHawas Media for a year.

PracticalCoding.in is a code learning website that works on a mentor-based model that gives a personalised experience to the course takers. It boasts of more than 100 mentors with a myriad of experiences. They took only two days to make the website, it was started in December 2014 and has two employees as of now. The idea struck when he taught Android development to interested people to make some extra cash. The fact that he could make a difference in someone’s life struck him hard. The  epiphany occurred when on a trek to Kalsubai peak in Maharashtra, where something pricked him about following his beliefs, and that is how PracticalCoding was born. “A student can record the lectures that are streamed over Skype. Our  Unique Selling Proposition is that there is only a maximum of five students in a class,” adds Saroja. The courses start from `12,000 to `40,000 with the instructors getting a share of 60-75 per cent which is good money for someone who does this part-time. “Our competitors in India are SimpliLearn and Edureka, while the ones abroad are Lynda and Thinkful.  We aim to bigger and better than them with time”, says Basavaraj. For the month of July, 2015, they have clocked a revenue of more than a lakh. The classes are mostly held during weekends and the students can also rate the teachers on a scale of one to 10 although “the rating has never gone below 9” says Saroja. LalitMangal, co-founder of CommonFloor.com is also an advisor in the venture. This space is still nascent and there are many ventures that are flourishing in this mentor-based model. mathew.maniamkot@gmail.com  – Courtesy

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