Anand Bariya was born in Mumbai and grew up in Goa. He has a B.Tech. from II-Bombay and a PhD.D. from Stanford University. He has built a career in the semiconductor industry, starting in the US in 1990. In 2005, he moved to Bangalore where he started an offshore design center for an American semiconductor company. Anand is very interested in education, particularly in scalable pedagogues that generate good learning outcomes for underprivileged middle and high school children. He also regularly teaches engineering classes, having recently taught at III-Bangalore as a visiting faculty. Anand has twin daughters whom he home-schooled along with his wife, who is a writer. His daughters are currently pursuing graduate studies in the USA.