I’m the founder of Voyagin. I like to learn and experience other countries’ cultures; I’ve traveled to over 30 countries mainly in South America and Asia while I was in college. 5 years ago, I started hosting international guests in my apartment in Tokyo and eventually became the top Airbnb host in the city, hosting several hundred guests in my living room over the course of 3-4 years. Based on my own travel and hosting experiences, I decided to create a travel marketplace for visitors to Japan called FindJPN in January 2011. This eventually evolved into Voyagin in Dec 2012 when we extended our reach to the rest of Asia.
I’m an Indian-born tech / startup / travel geek and entrepreneur from Japan. After graduating from Columbia University, I spent a couple years in the startup scene in New York before moving back to Asia and building one of my dream startups that would offer everyday travelers a chance to participate in Amazing Race-style adventures. Through my wanderings at the time, I found out about an amazing startup in Japan which helped travelers discover and book authentic Japanese experiences offered by locals called FindJPN. I absolutely loved the concept, shot off an email to the founders (Masashi and Hiroyou) to see if there was any way we could collaborate, and the rest is history. Together we built the next-generation of this to spread the idea all over the world, and so Voyagin was born!
I launched Voyagin together with Masashi. I was always looking for a chance to help someone who had a big dream with my IT background, and found him. Nowadays there is enough information to make a mock-up, but I believe developing a good, scalable system is not that easy. That’s why I’m here. I loved that his ambitious idea was supported by his interesting background, and it’s not just a trivial service copied from somewhere. Startups have become popular these days in Japan, and there are lots of meetups everyday. I often join meetups to catch up on the latest technologies, to hone my skills, and to learn learn things rapidly myself. In my spare time, I love to code and create small web services with my friends, testing out the latest technologies.