Kunal Chandiramani

Brainstorm. Every situation can be understood better and every encounter could teach something.


Kunal Chandiramani is the founder and CEO of CompAcademy and KStar, A TEDx speaker, an international best-selling author and an honary advisor to Kangaroo Kids Education Limited.

KStar is the fastest growing independent e-commerce provider of Asia Pacific with special focus on Central India
apart from this he is the youngest person ever to be awarded 35under35 for his contribution.

He performs as an honorary advisor to the most trusted education brand of Asia with about a lot other awards.
Kunal is a strong believer in age not being a limit and with the same belief, he goes ahead as the youngest successful dual CEO of 2 quick growing companies.

Kunal is currently 15 years old.

Where did the idea for your company come from?

When attending school, seeing backbenchers play Games during a computer science class got me inquisitive on why is it so.

That’s where Compacademy came up with the mission to gamify education. You earn points while learning in an inquisitive manner and later spend those points to buy major courses.

Now Compacademy has grown to a platform which has courses from industry leading startup through our content partnerships, nano courses for anyone to learn anything new in no time and major courses on which one could spend points for detailed long courses by industry specialists.

Kstar, on the other hand, came out when I once came across a majority of stores lacking an e-commerce solution to utilize excess stock especially the handcrafted stuff, KStar came up. An independent e-commerce provider through which now anyone in less than 5 minutes can complete the setup and have an online store ready through which they can sell their handicraft stuff. All the way from delivery to payment, order processing to inventory management, everything is covered so they can focus on their product and all they do is choose their design.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

I try managing my time by waking up early way before the sun, try for 3:45 but often delay it till 4:45, (have to remove the snooze button from my phone). Check my mail and LinkedIn, after which I go through the work I left the last evening and often work on some writing and code after which go through our strategies currently prevailing and recent deal. Write a couple on mails as planned and close a few deals over mail. Have a lot of my call scheduled now from the other side of the world. After this I attend school.

I give myself some ideation time when I just let myself think about anything and everything, definitely, a great brainstorming exercise to freshen you up and get you boosted for the day ahead with the fuel of ideas.

How do you bring ideas to life?

By not letting anything stop me because of some reason which might not make sense later, I feel ideas are divine if implemented and to make them work, passion keeps me boosted and perseverance, dedicated. I believe that dedicated passion penetrates all obstacles.

What’s one trend that excites you?

Machine learning. Machine learning makes me feel the immense potential around the world and how fast we can explore it through this technology and enable so much more. Manage clients and interact well and often close without a person.

What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?

Limiting multitasking. Multitasking is good but I believe that when overdone lets no work, work

I believe in limited multitasking. What is the limit? On some days obstacles may be high to an extreme limit but on some days may be very low.

What advice would you give your younger self?

No idea…I’m still young!

Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.

Long patience and waiting forever for the same thing to work is wrong.

As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?

Brainstorm. Every situation can be understood better and every encounter could teach something.

What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?

Focusing on the right market and to start limiting it only to that market. Don’t let the number flatten by thinking of it as a market of 8 billion people in the beginning without the capability to touch 80k people than in time.

What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

Age, people in my society apart from a few limited people and my family did not believe that anything I was doing made any sense, a 12-year-old starting a company but that motivated me to take it ahead and guess what, brick, by brick, each perspective took not just a 360 degree but a 540 turn

Use negative criticism as motivation, it really helps get ahead and ahead and ahead.

What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?

That’s a great question. I would say that of exploring any business idea in an unexplored market as in today’s date, I see so many ideas yet to be explored into the developing markets and is great for the next few years and if you do it in the next few years you would become an industry dignitary in that market for years ahead.

What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?

Invested it on a premium domain at a very low price. Extremely high ROI within the first few minutes.

What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?

Linkedin: Network and share. A daily post about anything to maintain a healthy community and use it as a platform to share what I think on a daily basis

What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?

Hit Refresh by Satya Nadela for managing the culture of a company and how to make friends and influence people for daily life.

The Success System That Never Fails by W. Clement Stone to utilize one’s potential.

What is your favorite quote?

My apologies but I cannot narrow down to 1, so I’ll say 3!

My favorite: “I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.” -Steve Jobs

Second favorite: “Because people are inherently creative. They will use tools in ways the toolmakers never thought possible. And once a person figures out how to do something with that tool, he or she can share it with the other 999.” -Steve Jobs

My third favorite: “Take risks in your life. If you win you can lead! If you lose, you can guide!” – Swami Vivekananda

Key Learnings:

  • Age is not a limit
  • Always try
  • Passion and dedication is all you need
  • Only do limited multitasking
  • Think of it, no one will stop you, do it