Coursera hires former BlaBlaCar exec Raghav Gupta as India head
Raghav Gupta, India head, Coursera

Online education firm Coursera has appointed Raghav Gupta—who was country manager at inter-city carpooling app BlaBlaCar—as India director, it said in a statement.

In his new role, Gupta will focus on expanding the company’s workforce development initiatives and partnerships with employers.

Gupta, who holds a master's in business administration from INSEAD, previously also worked with Booz & Co and Technopak Advisors.

Kabir Chadha, who was previously leading Coursera’s operations in the country, has shifted to Mountain View in the US where the firm is headquartered.

“Coursera has already touched millions in India, but that number is tiny compared with a vast majority of Indians who have yet to experience our platform. Raghav’s experience in helping technology companies accelerate growth will be invaluable,” said Leah Belsky, vice president of global enterprise development at Coursera.

US-based Coursera raised $49.5 million in its Series C funding round from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Times Internet (TIL) and others investors in 2015.

The company recently launched its enterprise platform Coursera for Business, which enables companies to use its learning content.

Of late, a bunch of startups in the broader edu-tech space has raised funding. Last month, NeoStencil India Pvt. Ltd raised $1 million (Rs 6.67 crore) from Times Group’s ad-for-equity investment arm Brand Capital and California-based Paragon Trust.

Also, last month, Schoolguru Eduserve Pvt. Ltd, which provides e-learning services to universities, raised a bridge round from some of its existing investors.

In January, online learning platform Unacademy, which is run by Sorting Hat Technologies Pvt. Ltd, raised $4.5 million (Rs 30 crore) in a Series A funding round led by Nexus Venture Partners and existing investor Blume Ventures.

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