Whilst I always had big ideas and a vision for how a piece of technology was going to change lives, I was an introverted tech guy who went about doing it rather than wondering if it had business potential. The key catalyst that gave me the confidence to trust in my ability to make a vision a reality was the Start-up weekend hosted by the Ministry of Awesome in 2017. Having 5 people put their hands up and say ‘ I trust this guy and his idea to spend my next 48 hours over’ was the push I needed to give up my full time job and dive deep into the start-up world mayhem. In the end it wasn’t as risky as it sounded given my belief in my technical capability was auto-validated in the ecosystem by virtue of being an alumnus of HITLAB.

“Where did it start?”

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One of my biggest strengths is to constantly evolve. I am always looking to improve, find what’s working and figure out what isn’t. Nothing in technology is constant - it’s always evolving and that is what makes it exciting for me!


More than tangible business value we made, it’s the impact we continue to deliver that keeps me going - there’s a world of good we can all do with technology.

“ What drives me?”

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Though technology is great, it’s the people that drive the CHANGE - I am a firm believer of investing in people for creating an impact. JIX has always been about the people - we have backed fresh graduates with no real world experience to trust in their ability to grow exponentially in the last three years as leaders in their own right.It’s the teams, past and present who ensured we doubled our revenue every quarter until COVID without any capital influx.

“What’s the secret sauce?”

Highlights

2012 - Now

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2012

UCOL

Beginning of my NZ Journey

02

2013

Core Eduction

“Big congratulations to Sakthi, who drew together a winning team for CORE Education's 2016 innovation challenge. Their mission is to couple the power of the imagination with VR and AR technologies providing authentic learning experiences, igniting curiosity and inquiry” - Christina Ward, Core’s senior manager of innovation

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2015

HITLab NZ

The student group, made up of Helen Figg, Omprakash Rudhru, Qi Min Ser, Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan and Sathya Kumar Barathan,programmed robots Kant, Aristotle and Socrates to perform dancing, hugging, singing, walking around obstacles, performing knock-knock jokes, arm wrestling and answering general knowledge questions

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2017

Start-up Weekend

The key catalyst that gave me the confidence to trust in my ability to make a vision a reality was the Start-up weekend hosted by the Ministry of Awesome in 2017. - Sakthi Ranganathan

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2017

AWE Conference

Tour de US for immersing ourselves in the latest happenings of the Tech World

06

2017

Magnify Conference

Tour de US for immersing ourselves in the latest happenings of the Tech World

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2018

NZ Space Challenge

Regional Winners, Christchurch, Canterbury

08

2018

Mahuki

Top 10 teams in a first of its kind culture-tech accelerator

09

2019

AI for Hackaton

Winners, Auckland

10

2019

Ulearn

Sakthi is back at CORE, but this time as a thought leader and change-maker

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2019

GBC Korea

Sakthi was invited by the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) in South Korea to attend the “Global Business Creation 2019” as an Innovation partner to sign MoU’s with several Korean AR/VR companies. JIX has an open invitation post covid to set up a version of our lab in Nurikkum Square, Seoul to establish the cross-border partnership.

Talk to Sakthi

JIX and I wouldn't be where we are without all the support the Christchurch Innovation ecosystem gave us. I am open to mentoring and consulting on technology for fellow start-ups in New Zealand. Quite keen on sharing ideas and thoughts for the future of tech with the wider community - Reach out below to collaborate for events/guest lectures/ panel discussions/mentoring

Sakthi Priya Balaji Ranganathan

Sakthi is a hands-on entrepreneur with expertise in digital design, cross-functional team development, human computer interaction (HCI) and extended reality technology. Sakthi is a ‘maker’ at heart who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and push the limit of what’s achievable digitally.