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Kesava Kirupa Dinakaran grew up on a coconut farm in rural southern India that had been in his family for generations. He was expected to marry after high school, have kids and take over the family farm.
But everything changed when he discovered the Rubik’s cube in middle school.
Solving the cube became Dinakaran’s addiction. He went from winning local competitions to becoming the team captain for India’s national team. At one competition, he solved 290 Rubiks cubes in one hour — a Guinness world record he still holds today.
His nifty hands opened doors that were unimaginable for him and his family. As he travelled across India for competitions, he met doctors, politicians, and entrepreneurs, and began to dream big. Then he got a full scholarship to the prestigious United World College for high school. At UWC, he taught himself to code when he built a drone from scratch to monitor the surrounding areas for forest fires. He made plans to study abroad for college.
In March 2019, Dinarakan was flown to New York by a charity organization for a young leaders summit. After the event, he spontaneously decided to spend five days in the Bay Area, crashing with a …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech