The good looking gentleman above is part of a young startup website called InsideIIM.com. Yet another website you might say. Unique because it doesn’t have a direct precedent locally or globally. Publishes content associated with education, puts up job notices for companies (including us) and in general keeps trying a bunch of stuff. On some of these things, there are other competitors in the field with better technology, higher focus and most importantly, bigger budgets. Look at InsideIIM.com however with another set of glasses on. For the purpose of this article, let me contrast it with any regular management college.
InsideIIM.com puts up content all around the field of general management. It has gone to a couple of reputed teaching institutes and created genuine content that it distributes for free (just like MIT or most other modern colleges). It goes to start-ups and exciting companies willing to step outside the traditional comfort zone and persuades them to give jobs to people applying through InsideIIM.com. In fact, it goes a step further and helps companies distill these applications and represents these companies to the right candidates. Much like the placement co-ordinator in most colleges. It allows experts in various fields to put up curated content on InsideIIM.com so that students (=readers of InsideIIM.com) are able to benefit from their experience. Much like visiting faculty of colleges. Ankit puts up world views and his takes on various unconnected things from the next prime ministerial candidate to the next few things that will go extinct on his facebook page. Much like the brilliant professor who plays badminton with students and through out-of-classroom discussions helps shape their world view (Education not schooling). And InsideIIM.com does all of this without a building, without a campus and without need for students to take time out of their jobs. One fine day, Ankit could start quizzing users on each article and scoring these. Those who attain passing grades over an entire year could be given graduation certificates. How is this any different from a university or college. Except that the classes have infinite capacity and the students can attend at their own convenience.
The most incredible part about InsideIIM.com is the energy of the team and what they have been able to do in such a short space of time. This is a massive change in how this business (education) could just be blown away by a team of highly committed individuals armed with a radical new business model.
All the best Team InsideIIM. Live long and prosper.