Renji Bijoy is the founder of Immersed, a startup company that creates virtual reality workspaces for remote teams. He's also a College of Computing alumnus who earned a Master of Science in Computer Science degree in 2016.
Recently selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Bijoy shared his thoughts on this recognition, what he carries with him from his days at Tech, and what success means to him.
How did you find out that you had been named to the list?
I woke up the morning of the announcement to dozens of messages from people congratulating me with the link to the Forbes post about me. It was a super exciting day filled with so many encouraging texts/calls/emails/posts!!!
What does this kind of recognition mean to you and/or your career?
It really does take me to the next level in my career. As my startup, Immersed, continues to grow to hundreds of thousands of users working in VR, being selected as this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 gives confidence to our investors that I'm the person they want to put their money behind. It also further affirms the technology we're building and bolsters our vision to fundamentally change the way society goes to work!
What is something about your time at Georgia Tech/College of Computing that you carry with you, or that still informs your professional life?
At Georgia Tech, I was surrounded by brilliant engineers that really loved their craft. Seeing their sheer passion for the technology itself was contagious and set ablaze the same drive in myself which has now enabled me to take Immersed to heights I never thought we would reach!
Beyond this kind of recognition, what’s your measure of success?
Building Immersed, which is a Techstars startup that is partnered with Facebook to build VR Offices has been my biggest success thus far. Last summer, Immersed crowd-funded $1M in a couple hrs, then $2M in the next couple of days. As a result, we were able to hire some of the most talented engineers on the planet, which brings Immersed transforming society for the better even closer to reality!
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career?
My startup was selected out of 10,000 companies who applied to Techstars worldwide in 2017. It was an amazing program with some of the world's top business-building minds, but it was one of the most difficult experiences of my life. During the 12-week intensive program, I worked from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. every day, 7 days a week for 12 weeks. Little did I know that this short, pressurized season was preparing the launchpad upon which Immersed would take off.
What’s the next big thing you’d like to accomplish?
Immersed will be raising a $7.5 million publicly-crowd-funded round in early March, since growth is skyrocketing. We've 6X'd all of our friends/family's money and want to continue giving subsequent investors as large of an ROI as possible. People can follow us on social media (links on our website) to not miss out on the announcement!