Karan Bajaj, the founder and CEO of WhiteHat Jr, is leaving the company a year after selling the startup to Indian edtech giant Byju’s for $ 300 million.
In an email to staff on Wednesday, Bajaj and Byjus Founder and CEO Byju Raveendran said the departure follows a “mutually agreed” decision made at the time of the WhiteHat Jr. acquisition.
Chatter about Bajaj leaving the company has been around for more than a quarter. TechCrunch asked Byju’s on April 1st if Bajaj was leaving the company, which India’s most valuable startup dismissed as false information at the time.
Days later, Byju’s announced that it was renaming its international business to Byju’s Future School and appointed Bajaj as its director.
In today’s email, Raveendran said, “Although I wish he had stayed longer, Karan is a force of nature and used to making unconventional choices as you all know and I wish him all the best for what is certain an exciting way ahead of us. “
Raveendran said Trupti Mukker, who previously oversaw the customer experience at WhiteHat Jr., is now WhiteHat Jr.
WhiteHat Jr., who teaches programming, math, and science to children, is one of the fastest growing edtech startups in India. The startup also attracted attention because of its unusual move to sue critics.
“All in all, I am really excited about your future path and I am deeply grateful that I can be part of your life in this intense, challenging, but deeply satisfying time that we experience together,” Bajaj wrote to the employees today.