Magoosh (pronunciation: mə’guːʃ) (a play on the Old Persian word magush, which refers to a wise person and this word likewise represents Iranian origin) is an online test preparation and research study abroad counselling business based in Berkeley, California that informs students through audio/video lessons, practice test questions, and online email assistance.
The company also has free mobile apps for both iPhone and Android – Magoosh Promotions. Magoosh was founded in 2009 by Hansoo Lee, Bhavin Parikh, Pejman Pour-Moezzi and Vikram Shenoy while they were students at the Haas School of Organisation at UC Berkeley. In June 2009, Magoosh launched its very first product– GMAT math practice questions with video explanations.
Over the next two years, as Magoosh’s client base began to broaden, the GMAT product and the Magoosh group continued to grow. Magoosh Promotions. Pejman stepped away from business in 2010 to pursue other opportunities but stayed on the board. Hansoo and Bhavin hired two full-time staff members and, with them on board, established a new prep program for the GRE.
In December 2011, Magoosh handed out 800 complimentary SAT accounts to high school students through partnerships with Bay Area non-profit companies. It was also around this time that Bhavin’s co-founder Hansoo Lee was diagnosed with an uncommon case of non-smokers’ lung cancer and had to remove himself from daily operations.
Bhavin Parikh and previous co-founder Pejman Pour-Moezzi, together with Lee’s fiancée Wendy Lim, founded The Hansoo Lee Fellowship for Business Owners, which is utilized each year to support Haas MBA students wishing to pursue their entrepreneurial ventures full-time. After Hansoo’s passing, Bhavin became the CEO and the only staying co-founder of Magoosh.
In 2015, it introduced complete prep programs for the ACT, LSAT and Praxis tests. And in 2016, the company released a complete MCAT product. To date, Magoosh has about 30 in-office workers at its workplaces in downtown Berkeley and more than 1.5 million trainees have used Magoosh’s web and mobile apps to prepare for standardized exams.  The business has been ranked by Inc.
and by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the best entrepreneurial business in America.  San Francisco Service Times No. 21 Fastest-Growing Private Business in the Bay Area (2016) Business Owner 360 No. 111 Best Entrepreneurial Business in the U.S. (2016) Inc. 500 No. 186 Fastest-Growing Private Company in the U.S. (2016) Localwise Finest Employer: Education (2016) San Francisco Business Times No.
2 Fastest Growing Business in the East Bay (2015) TINYpulse Happiest Business in Education (2015, 2017) Intel Structure Entrepreneurial Award (2010) North Bridge Venture Partners Competitors (2010) UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Endeavor Laboratory Competitors (2009) Ingenious, The (2012-04-02). “The Ingenious Business: Magoosh Modifications the Method Trainees Prep for Standardized Tests” – Magoosh Promotions.
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