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Indian-origin Entrepreneur donates profits after selling chat.com

Dharmesh Shah donated $250,000 to Khan Academy, a non-profit that runs on the mission to ‘provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.’

Indian American entrepreneur Dharmesh Shah reaped benefits from a domain name purchase he made in March 2023 and paid it forward to support personalized education powered by AI. As per his LinkedIn post. Shah donated US $250,000 out of the profit he made from the sale to American educator Sal Khan’s organization Khan Academy, a non-profit that runs on the mission to ‘provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.’

Shah, founder and chief technical officer at Massachusetts-based company HubSpot, purchased chat.com for over US$ 10 million. Disclosing the reason for a purchase of this scale, Shah said, “The reason I bought chat.com is simple: I think Chat-based UX (#ChatUX) is the next big thing in software. Communicating with computers/software through a natural language interface is much more intuitive. This is made possible by Generative AI.”

He added, “Chat.com is brilliant in terms of simplicity, shortness and being total *on point* and meeting the moment. It immediately creates user trust. Somebody (not me) will build a massively successful product/company on it.” Shah purchased the back of the successful word game WordPlay.com which he owns. He revealed the game had 16 million users and had recorded 150 million games played, as of March 2023.

Shah held back details regarding the purchaser and the amount it was sold at. Also he committed to donating an additional US$ 10 to Khan Academy, for every comment on the LinkedIn post.

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