Bhavesh Adani, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of cyberThink Inc., was recently named an Outstanding NCE Alumnus.
When he came to the United States in 1986 to do a master’s degree in electrical engineering at NJIT, Bhavesh Adani had a bachelor’s degree, a student visa and a loan that would last six months.
Now, 26 years later, Adani is Executive Vice President and Co-founder of cyberThink, a minority-owned firm that provides information technology and staffing services to the pharmaceutical, financial services, hospitality, insurance and retail industries.
He co-founded cyberThink with three business partners in 1996. The company, which employs more than 300 people in the United States and India, was named one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by both Inc. Magazine and Deloitte & Touché. He earned his master’s in electrical engineering from NCE in 1988.
To go from a cash-strapped graduate student to a leader of a major tech company is no small feat, and Adani credits NCE for helping him launch his career. His big break came, he says, during his second semester when, on the basis of his academic achievement, NCE awarded him a teaching assistantship. That job came just as his bank loan was running dry.
“I had just $8 dollars left in my pocket and the teaching assistant job allowed me to continue my education uninterrupted,” recalled Adani, who was recently named an NCE Outstanding Alumnus. “I’m grateful to NCE for that. My NCE education also served as a valuable springboard into the tough job market. It enabled me to seek challenging positions in companies such as JP Morgan, AT&T, and Transax systems.”
Just before starting cyberThink in 1996, Adani worked as a database administrator and project manager for Transax Systems. He played a major role in building the first Windows-based Tariff & Rate Retrieval System. He met three colleagues at Transax Systems who would become his founding partners in cyberThink. Adani says the four of them came up with the idea for cyberThink during “an informal chat over lunch.”
“With an investment of only 12 thousand dollars from each of us and a lot of support from our spouses,” Adani adds, “we started cyberThink with no real business plan but the hunger and attitude to succeed. It was NCE that first kindled in me the hunger to succeed, and due to the unflinching support from my partners and their trust and confidence in my decisions I am who I am today.”
Today, Adani is a successful entrepreneur. But he also believes in giving back and helping others, especially when it comes to NJIT.
He recently brought together a group of successful NJIT alumni to foster ties with the university. The alumni will work to mentor and offer career advice to NJIT students. His company also recruited during the NJIT Career Fair and hopes to hire several students.
To young people entering the work force Adani offers these words of advice: “There is no substitute for hard work and a can-do attitude,” he says. “These will make the impossible possible. NCE has been a breeding ground for so many entrepreneurs like me. I see the NCE as not only an acronym for the Newark College of Engineering but also for the New Century of Entrepreneurs.”
(By Robert Florida)