7. Chegg – Aayush Phumbhra, Josh Carlson, Osman Rashid

Company: Chegg

Founder: Aayush Phumbhra, Josh Carlson, Osman Rashid

Website: https://www.chegg.com/

Business: As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg’s Student Hub makes higher education more affordable and more accessible, all while improving student outcomes.


About Chegg and Aayush Phumbhra, Josh Carlson, Osman Rashid

Chegg is an American education technology marketplace based in Santa Clara, California. It provides homework help, digital and physical textbook rentals, textbooks, tutoring, and other student services.

Since its launch in 2005, Chegg have reached 2.9 million subscribers to Chegg Services. Chegg was founded in 2000 by students Josh Carlson, Mike Seager, and Mark Fiddleke as a, a Craigslist-style message board for Iowa State students.




The name comes from the term “chicken and egg” from the phrase “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” This referred to the founders’ experience not being able to get a job without experience but also not being able to get experience without a job.

In June 2021, Chegg unveiled Uversity, a new educational platform for professors and other educators to share content. In the same year, they launched Global Student Prize in partnership with Varkey Foundation. This prize aims to recognise outstanding students that make an impact to local or international communities.