Neeraj Jhanji

Technical and Consulting Roles at Unisys Corporation

Location:
Suite 100 801 Lakeview Drive, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, United States
Company:
Unisys Corporation
HQ Phone:
(215) 986-4011
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Last Updated 11/15/2017

General Information

Employment History

Vice President  - Natural Power Concepts Inc

Founder and Chief Executive Officer  - Japanese company ImaHima

Education

Japan-focused MBA program  - University of Hawaii

electrical engineering degree  - University of Delhi

undergraduate degree  - Electrical Engineering , University of Delhi

Affiliations

Technical and Consulting Roles  - Siemens AG

Senior Consultant In E-Commerce Strategy  - Accenture LTD

Founder  - Tinker On

Founder  - ImaHima Inc

Web References  

ImaHima - �v���X - 2001.09

Neeraj Jhanji (RI), aged 29, first conceived the need for location-based mobile group messaging services in March '99.
Before founding ImaHima in December 1999, Neeraj worked as a senior consultant in e-commerce strategy for Accenture in Tokyo, prior to which he was the Fujitsu Asia-Pacific Scholarship recipient for the MBA program conducted jointly by University of Hawaii, JAIMS and Hitotsubashi University. He previously worked in technical and consulting roles for Siemens and Unisys. He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delhi and is fluent in English, Hindi and Japanese.

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ImaHima, Inc. » News

Neeraj Jhanji (that's the name of the poor guy in our story) was thinking one step ahead of the rest of the bunch back in 1999.
This is when he started developing his iMode Service - imaHima. With this service, mobile users can exchange information about their actual location and their actual availability. In Japanese, "imaHima" means "Are you free now? More than half a million people use imaHima in Japan - and the numbers are still growing. So Mr. Jhanji has become quite in demand! Keskustelijat: Pekka Lahteenmaki ja Neeraj Jhanji Neeraj Jhanji, mika ihme on ImaHima? Neeraj: ImaHima on japania ja tarkoittaa "Oletko vapaa nyt? Japanissa puhelimeen vastataan yleensa tervehdyksella ja kysymalla " ImaHima". Perustaessani ImaHima-mobiiliyritysta ajattelin, etta puhelimen pitaisi kertoa, missa olet ja missa ystavasi ovat. Palvelun ideana on olla yhteydessa ystaviin ja jakaa kokemukset. Ihmiset voivat valita suosikkilistaltaan esimerkiksi olinpaikkansa, mielialansa ja ovatko he vapaana nyt. Sitten viesti lahtee heidan ystavapiirilleen. ImaHima founder, Neeraj Jhanji, was the only person in the office on a Saturday morning. The DoCoMo skyscraper I had visited the day before was visible through the window. Neeraj, twenty-nine, a native of India, remained in Tokyo after a stint with an international consulting firm. One sunny Saturday, walking alone in one of Tokyo's most popular and crowded districts, he wondered if any of his friends were nearby. "I looked at my phone and the answer seemed obvious," he told me. Even without GPS location awareness, it would be possible to use the Internet to coordinate locations. At the time I spoke to Jhanji, ImaHima had won the prestigious Prix Arts Electronica, had been adopted as an official i-mode site, and had gained 250,000 users with a median age of twenty-five. ImaHima was planning to launch in European markets by 2002. Jhanji showed me how the service works. "You can search through the list of your friends," Jhanji told me, "or you can ask permission to contact a stranger whose profile matches your request and who is nearby. Neeraj Jhanji (RI), aged 29, first conceived the need for location-based mobile group messaging services in March '99. Before founding ImaHima in December 1999, Neeraj worked as a senior consultant in e-commerce strategy for Accenture in Tokyo, prior to which he was the Fujitsu Asia-Pacific Scholarship recipient for the MBA program conducted jointly by University of Hawaii, JAIMS and Hitotsubashi University. He previously worked in technical and consulting roles for Siemens and Unisys. He holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Delhi and is fluent in English, Hindi and Japanese.

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ImaHima, Inc. » News

Founded in 1999 by ex-Andersen Consulting analyst Neeraj Jhanji, ImaHima ("Are you free now?") is a socializing and scheduling service enabling mobile customers to locate and contact friends, schedule parties and events, meet new people, and find information and activities based on their current location via mobile phone (the service is now accessible from PC as well).
Jhanji was one of the first foreigners to approach DoCoMo about setting up a social networking and meeting service for i-mode, but he was shown the door when it became apparent that ImaHima could also be used by ax-murderers and the like to meet up with unsuspecting victims (i-mode's handlers were hypercautious about safety and security in the service's earlier days). Undeterred, Jhanji went ahead and launched as an unofficial site, which quickly racked up users in the low tens of thousands based on word-of-mouth marketing. Since then, Jhanji has found a way to make the service acceptable to the nannies over at i-mode and has launched Version 2.0, which features more sophisticated personalization tools and a searchable directory, as an official i-mode site. CNN interviews Neeraj Jhanji of imaHima about his mobile, location-based, social networking service (aired on CNN May 15, 2001). Neeraj Jhanji, President, ImaHima Inc The office of ImaHima is the impressively modern Ebisu Garden Place Tower. The area is a stone's throw from Shibuya and a largely residential spot where the rents are sky high and the apartments fabulous. Neeraj Jhanji had worked at consulting company Andersen Consulting Strategic Services in Tokyo for five years which helps explain why he speaks Japanese so well. From his warm manner and soft way of speaking, he seems a peaceful kind of guy. Yet he is succeeding in one of the toughest, most exciting businesses - mobile phone service. So how did Jhanji do it? JapanToday reporter Takanori Kobayashi asked Jhanji to let him in on a few trade secrets. The idea of making the newsgroup mobile came to Neeraj Jhanji on a lonely Saturday in Tokyo two years ago, when he was an ecommerce strategist for Andersen Consulting. Today Jhanji, 29, counts more than 200,000 registered subscribers, has closed his first round of financing, and is among the elite ranks of official content providers for NTT DoCoMo's wildly popular i-mode. (ImaHima also lists with NTT rival KDDI.) "In April, we launch version 2. While ImaHima (www.imahima.com) is currently available only in Japan, copycat services are popping up in the US - New York-based Upoc, for example - and Jhanji is actively looking to expand. BBC interviews Neeraj Jhanji of imaHima about his mobile, location-based, social networking service (aired on BBC in April 2001). Ironically it was not a local who launched the hot new technology, but a 28-year-old Indian, Neeraj Jhanji. The multi-lingual Jhanji, fluent in English, Hindi and Japanese, holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Delhi and won a Fujitsu Asia-Pacific MBA scholarship. Before hitting the entrepreneurial trail, Jhanji worked in technical and consulting roles for Siemens and Unisys and was a senior consultant in e-commerce strategy for Andersen Consulting in Tokyo. Together with his partner and vice president of technology and operations, Yoshiatsu Kitagawa, Jhanji has big plans for his fledgling business. Jhanji is planning to launch an even more user-friendly version of ImaHima 2 this April and he will be backed up by the installation of new technology architecture capable of handling the higher levels of traffic the company expects. JHANJI: We started looking seriously at funding from May and closed in December. JHANJI: Actually, it was a conscious choice on our part. JHANJI: The strong part of what we're doing is the concept rather than the technology. JHANJI: Location-based advertising is very new to everyone in this market. JHANJI: When I was finally ready to show ImaHima to the world, I called DoCoMo right away and said: "I have a product that will make you money." AB: Were they excited JHANJI: They loved it! JHANJI: I put ImaHima up on the web in December 1999 and Yoshiatsu came in March of this year. I'd known him for five years from my first days at Andersen when I was just an intern. He has a lot of technical expertise to bring to the equation and a background in project management, which is essential. I'm not a hard-core developer anymore, having him there gave me the freedom to concentrate on growing the business. AB: And is it growing? JHANJI: There are doors opening up for ImaHima outside of Japan. ...Pour entrer dans les locaux, on vous reclame au minimum dix mois de caution», deplore Neeraj Jhanji, 29 ans, fondareur d'un site communautaire de start-up ont recours au systeme D. «J'ai installe la societe dans mon appart et, le soir, je vais dormir a l'hotel», raconte Neeraj, un ancien d'Andersen Consulting...

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