A class act

Catch 'em young

Test prep major career launcher is now eyeing k-12 and vocational segments 

Vishal Koul

A desk, a few chairs and Rs.4,000, all of which were duly organised in the verandah of a central Delhi home — this is how Career Launcher Educate (CLE), which was simply called Career Launcher at the time, started and remained for two years. “I did not have a business plan,” confesses Satya Narayanan R, then a 24-year-old IIM-B alumnus who started CL with his partner Gautam Puri. “But I knew that there was a market for MBA prep coaching.” He guessed right and, by 1998, the company had moved into a barsati.