(Last Updated on : 02/03/2015)
Bhargav Sri Prakash is a former professional tennis player
and junior national champion from India. He is best remembered for being the top ranked junior tennis player in the nation in the early 1990s. He also represented India in various international tournaments. He had a career best International Tennis Federation world ranking of 761. He is also the Founding CEO and the Chief of Product at FriendsLearn which aims on creating a health and wellness platform to address global health issues. He holds three patents for inventions in Automotive Systems and in Virtual Reality Simulations. Presently, he is based in Silicon Valley working as an entrepreneur and investor.
Early Life of Bhargav Sri Prakash
He was born on 20 April 1977 in Chennai
, India to M. V. Sri Prakash and Sheila Sri Prakash. His mother Sheila Sri Prakash is a renowned architect, urban designer and Artist. Initially Sri Prakash enrolled in the Birla Institute of Technology and Science
but dropped out in his first semester and returned to Chennai. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious College of Engineering, Guindy. He attended graduate school on a research fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also graduated with a Master's degree in Automotive Engineering.
Career and Works of Bhargav Sri Prakash
Sri Prakash started his first company, CADcorporation, when he was enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Michigan. The goal behind his company was to commercialize his graduate research in math-based simulations for design optimization of automotive powertrain systems.
He sold his first company and founded Vmerse in 2005. Vmerse intended to market with a gamified 3D simulation platform for Universities to assist them with recruiting students. He sold this company too in 2009. In 2008 he founded Nirmana Investments which is an Investment Fund and Asset Management Company where he served as a managing director along with Amrit Sahasranamam.
He is the Founding CEO and the Chief of Product at FriendsLearn which is based in Redwood City California. The company emphasizes on creating a health and wellness platform to address global health issues. He is also the inventor and pioneer of learnification, as a design methodology. He invented learnification to tap in to the inherent educational value of entertainment, especially games.
Based on his track-record with Vmerse, the United States Department of State awarded FriendsLearn a contract to develop the world's first gamified digital application. The idea behind this proposal is to attract international students to American educational institutions.