Noisy Newton was started by Leela Maitreyi & Georgie Paul, two dreamers who have banded together hoping to prove that science is not as boring as it’s sometimes made out to be.
Both of us are passionate about children’s learning and are keen to make a difference in the way subjects like science are taught to children in India today. Through our hands-on and experiential products, we hope to generate a change in the way they think, feel and perceive science.
Our journey to launch has been a tough one, it took us over a year to perfect our first prototypes. Many of them were then tried and tested, but only the best were left standing. The final test came when they were presented to our toughest customers – children. Boxes were made and remade, formulae were re-calibrated and stories were re-written. Somewhere out of this process emerged what we believe to be a well-designed, fun to engage with product that will help us achieve our goal. The rest as they say is (pretty recent) history. We hope you and your children have as much fun playing and learning in Newton’s universe as we did in creating it.
Leela is a Molecular Biologist by training and a Systems Biologist by experience.Years of combing through research articles and managing projects & teams in R & D set ups have equipped her to bring the skills of reasoning and precision, to conceptualizing and managing Noisy Newton. When not trapped by Scientific perspectives, she loves unleashing her creative side through singing and just exploring the beauty of life through her son. Through Newton, she is revelling in this journey of bidirectional exchange of ideas and skills. For her, Newton provides just the right platform to engage & experience the beauty of Science, Design and Creation of meaningful products for children. Leela is a perfect counterfoil of Georgie. While Georgie thrives on calm & creativity, for Leela, the devil is really in the detail.
Georgie has been working as a communication designer for the last 12 years. He holds a BA in communication design from Swinburne University in Australia. While he started his career in advertising, he (very) quickly found out that design was a much better fit. He works on a variety of projects, from print based branding to web, signage, space and exhibition design. Working on one thing for too long has been known to drive him crazy. As a child always found it more fun to create toys with the packaging that they came in. Which probably has something to do with why he loves to design for children today.
Rupesh Shah cofounded InOpen in 2009 along with Prof. Sridhar Iyer. InOpen was acquired in March 16 by Next Education. As a CEO he led InOpen to impact more than 700,000 students in India, in partnership with 540 public & private schools, governments and NGOs. Few highlights of his entrepreneurial journey include product partnership with IIT Bombay, building a team of 80 people, expanding the business in Middle East, Japan and United States, raising 4 rounds of VC and strategic funding and finally exiting in 2017.
At Noisy Newton, Rupesh advises the team on growth fundamentals, strategy and sales. Rupesh can be looked up on rupeshkumarshah.com. He regularly writes columns for Times of India, CNN IBN, The Hindu, Business World, Education World, Financial Chronicle and Financial Express.
An avid reader, in his head he is a little hybrid of a world class cricketer & a naturalist. You cannot miss this young man’s verbosity laced with pretty potent little grey cells driven conversations. At Noisy Newton, he takes pride in being a tester, contributor doubling up as a reviewer. A man of many words, Vedant reviews & advises on chemistry and biology case studies or wait, pretty much everything.
A chemistry buff, Roshan loves making ice sculptures, with a strong love for chemistry and concoctions. He spends most of his time with his dog “Strawberry”with whom he embarks on scientific quests. In addition to stirring up some cool slime, Roshan almost always manages to spook his friends with some unusual adventures like petting a snail lizard or wandering away with a cute little
He’s smarter than the average 9 year old, but it’s not just cleverness that makes Newton fun. It’s his joyful love of harmless mischief that makes him super endearing. Every teacher’s nightmare, this prankster’s other talents are skateboarding and ‘creative’ problem solving.
This genius isn’t hampered by his youth. 7-year-old Sherlock doesn’t let his age stop him from inventing, discovering and creating scientific wonder. He’ll swallow your bullets and spit them right back at you. He’s like a pygmy Jerboa.
Newton’s good-natured, soft spoken cute little 8 year old cousin whose sunny disposition always sees her through. While she wants to be a Rock band Guitarist eventually, following Newton in his scientific escapades is getting her to reconsider her career options.
Not much is known about the secretive Agent W. Nobody knows his age, and nobody has heard him speak. He is “always on the go”. Blink and you could miss him. Is he even human? Mysterious. Very mysterious indeed.