Byju’s is in no rush to save Gaurav Munjal’s Unacademy

A merger with Aakash would have given Unacademy a shot at making a go of it in offline coaching. Without it, Munjal’s task of keeping his company afloat is that much harder.

Sometime around the end of December or early January, Unacademy, or someone representing it, reached out to Byju Raveendran, the co-founder of Byju’s, India’s largest edtech company. They suggested a merger with Aakash Educational Services, the offline coaching business on which Byju’s has been trying to build its future.

This is not the first time that the two companies have tried to explore the prospect of working together. Almost three years ago, right before COVID-19 forced a lockdown, the founders of both startups met several times. Details vary depending on who you talk to, but this much is certain: Byju …


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