While attending the University of Maryland on a full academic scholarship, Ramit spent three years as a teacher and Master Trainer for Princeton Review and discovered how much he loved working with students. After graduating with honors, taking a degree in Electrical Engineering, he worked as an Information Technology Consultant for Deloitte Consulting, where he stayed until going to business school at UCLA. There, he met Jake, and they realized they shared a passion for teaching and saw an opportunity to build a company devoted to helping students achieve their academic goals.
In 2002, they co-founded Revolution Prep, now the nation’s largest provider of on-campus SAT and ACT test prep courses, and in 2006 they launched Revolution K12 to provide web-based K-12 learning tools.
Ramit holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. He serves on the UCLA Department of Economics Board of Visitors and is a member of the Bel Air Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. Along with Jake, Ramit was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2009.
We have a vision to transform education and create techniques that work for today's students.
Ramit VarmaFounderRevolution K12
While he was an undergrad at UC Berkeley, Jake worked in investment banking at Montgomery Securities to support himself. After graduating, he worked in finance at Trust Company of the West. Jake then decided to pursue his interest in teaching and mentoring by working as a test prep teacher at Kaplan. While he loved working with students, he found that he had significant philosophical differences with the Kaplan program and craved the freedom to use the techniques he knew could help students dramatically improve their scores.
While attending the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, Jake met Ramit, and together they came up with the idea to create Revolution Prep and then Revolution K12. They wanted to create a company and an environment that they could truly be proud of. At Revolution, students’ needs are placed first, long-term skills are emphasized, and confidence is built.
Jake holds an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Business at the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the UCLA Department of Economics Board of Visitors and is a member of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. Along with Ramit, Jake was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2009.