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Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran are titled as the India’s youngest app developers. Both of them have started the company in 2012. Shravan Kumaran and Sanjay Kumaran is the youngest Indian Brother-Duo entrepreneurs of GoDimensions. Shravan Kumaran is the Co-Founder & President, while the younger Sanjay serves as Co-Founder and CEO.

Both the brothers have been developing apps for both Android and other OS applications and are recognized as the youngest Mobile Application Programmers in India and one among the youngest in the world. Their father, Kumaran Surendran who serves as Associate Vice President at Cognizant Technologies Solutions, has always been a huge pillar of support to them. They are mostly inspired by Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Wright Brothers. Their main mission is that their app should be used by a majority of world population. These two brothers have already launched and developed 12 apps, which offer solutions to some of the most challenging social problems in India.

Taking forward by the young entrepreneurs ...

The only cost involved for the young brothers is purchase of the gadgets and for this aspect, his father steps in. The brothers say that it is a dad-funded company and therefore they do worry about looking out for venture capital. Their father accepts the ideas and will arrange for buying of the gadgets. In the process of developing the apps, both Shravan and Sanjay discuss their ideas and work together. When then end up with two different approaches, they usually present to their parents and friends, take their valuable feedback and finally implement the better one.

They always wanted to break the middle-class thinking of having a degree and looking out for a job. They wanted to have a company of their own. They always wanted to change the thought process of the people and communicate by the apps developed by them. They believe that great UI is the key for any successful business.

Their innovations ...

Four different applications have been launched by the brothers who include Prayer Planet, Colour Palette, Alphabet board, Catch Me Cop, which can be used on apple and Google Play Store. They are also working on the app ‘Emergency Boat’, which helps in connecting with 6 different emergency contacts in emergency situations.

Going beyond apps, the brothers have also created their own Virtual Reality device and they have named is as GoVR, with which Virtual Reality can be experienced by using the headset and by placing the phone. When certain virtual reality products are available in the market at a very high price, the device developed by these brothers is offered at a much low price compared to others in the market.

Success...

At such a very young, they were invited by various business schools like IIM-Bangalore, IIT Madras, IBS Hyderabad, Wellingkar Management Institute. Both brothers experience great fun while speaking to live audience and they express that they prepare the presentations on their own and then take any further improvements from family and friends for betterment.

The most exciting part while talking about their success is that, the apps have received more than 70,000 downloads from over 53 different countries, proving that the gift of the father was a doorway to a bright future. Their father helped them in moving forward in their journey by gifting them with a Mac book and an iPad. They have been featured in many Indian and International magazines. They have been awarded as the Young Achievers of Digital India by CNN-IBN & CISCO in the year 2016.

Technology accompanied by a social cause...

There seems to be no end to the sensitive and innovative minds of these young boys. They always desired to develop the apps that can help the senior citizens and other apps that would work on the pollution aspects of a particular place. They were always taught by their dad to do some good to the community by helping the unprivileged and needy people. They donate 15% of their profits for the education of the needy children.

Even on social front, they have some up with the all GoDonate, which facilitates for food donation to local charities, which would otherwise go waste. Social impact is the essential deciding factor behind every project taken up by the boys. Their huge and responsible designations have never stopped them from brainstorming, planning and execution together. The vision set by them for the company is to create simple solutions for the new and complex digital world.

Future ambition...

Their ambition is to build the thinnest and the fastest tablet at a very affordable rate for the rural people meant for their development. They are also working on another project GoMap, which is a very powerful app showing map and which can give information about the Live Traffic and Pollution. They are also working on GoCard, facilitating mobile cards for Birthdays and Anniversaries.

They are in the process of developing robots which would help the visually impaired by providing navigation by using their phones. Their interest towards robotics accompanied by the teachings and inputs by their dad has developed their interest towards this. They have set up a vision that in the next few years, most of the smartphones being used world-wide should have their company’s applications running on the handsets.

The buck does not stop here...

Both brothers being inspired by innovation brought by Steve Jobs and by the technical skills and ability of Bill Gates never kept money as their focus. All the apps developed by them are mostly free. Their main motto is to have increased number of downloads. They are able to get and manage the money by placing some of the ads in their apps.

Personal life...

Their father Kumaran Surendran is Director with Symantec and their mother Jyothi Lakshmi was working as a Journalist. Their parents always supported and encouraged their children for making the most of their potential. Their favorite pass time is playing guitar, keyboard, badminton and drawing. Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran are being educated from HUS Chennai. Shravan is more interested in Football and Cricket, while Sanjay is interested in Football and would love to be a goalkeeper. Both of them are from Vaels Billabong High International School, Chennai.

Awards and accolades...

• Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran have won the Rotary Club Entrepreneur of the year award for the year 2012.

• CII Chandigarh has also awarded the brothers with Young Achievers Award.

• IKMC has awarded then with the Lightning Pitch award.

• HR Infotech Association has awarded them as the IT person Award.

• The brothers were identified as one of Top 100 Tech Indians among the big wigs of the industry by the exhibit magazine, in their anniversary issue.

• The brothers have been honored and recognized as 30 Under 30 Asia list.

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