Anil Hemrajani

As CEO, Anil is responsible for the vision, strategy and operation of Big Universe Learning.

He began his information technology career, helping companies develop custom enterprise software with emerging technologies. In 1997, he founded a successful IT solutions company, which he sold in 2003. He established an award-winning online community for software programmers that grew to 100,000 registered members. The author of a 360-page software technology book (available in four languages), Anil has published dozens of articles in popular magazines, won multiple industry awards, been nominated for a Computerworld-Smithsonian Award, and given talks to thousands of developers in four continents.

A world traveler, Anil realizes our planet is a small one, and although people look and act differently, we all have the same basic needs. He believes that higher literacy increases global awareness in children and considers beautiful picture books one way to inspire children to read, write and learn more. It’s his travels, a high regard for education and his fascination with children's books that sparked the creation of

Notable Accomplishments

  • EdTech - In 2007, launched, an award-winning integrated literacy platform for PK-12, with customers in 30 countries. Currently managing all aspects of company including vision, strategy, product, marketing, sales, support, partners, and more.
  • Entrepreneur - Prior to Big Universe Learning, founded, managed and sold Isavix Corporation, a successful IT services company; acquired/cultivated several Fortune 1000 clients, managed the company’s finances, oversaw sales, marketing and recruiting efforts, and more. Also, founded, grew and sold, an award-winning community for Java software developers.
  • Software Technologist - Held a variety of positions in IT since 1986 including Enterprise Software Consultant, Software Architect, Software Engineer, and Data Center Manager. Personally assisted large and small companies in implementing custom enterprise-class, cross-platform, software applications using cutting edge technologies and efficient methodologies including object-oriented techniques, application servers, relational databases, and agile methods. Built, marketed and grew, an award-winning online developer community, to over 100,000 registered members.
  • Author, Speaker & Teacher (see below) - Published a 360-page book and over 30 technical articles in well-known trade journals. Taught and presented Java/web technologies to over 2,000 people in 8 countries and 4 continents.
  • Awards (see below) - Received and/or nominated for various industry awards.

Published Work




  • The SF Edtech Meetup, San Francisco: August, 2013
  • Content in Context, Washington DC: June, 2013
  • SIIA Ed Tech Business Forum, New York: November, 2010
  • AEP Content in Context Conference, Washington DC: June, 2010
  • School Library Journal Leadership Summit, Florida: November, 2008
  • JavaOne, San Francisco (Moscone Center): May, 2008
  • Netherlands Java User Group, Bussum: October, 2007
  • New England Java User Group, Boston: October, 2006
  • SD Best Practices Conference, Boston: September, 2006
  • DF Java User Group, Brasilia, Brazil: August, 2006
  • Princeton Java User Group, New Jersey: July, 2006
  • SpringOne Conference, Antwerpen, Belgium: 16 June, 2006
  • Netherlands Java User Group, Ede: 15 June, 2006
  • Switzerland Java User Group, Zurich: 13 June, 2006
  • Java Special Interest Group, London, UK: 9 June, 2006
  • SOA Web Services Edge Conference, New York: 6 June, 2006
  • (Various private seminars for companies in China and India): May, 2006
  • Hong Kong Java User Group: May, 2006
  • Northern Virginia Java and BEA User Group, Reston, VA: April, 2006
  • Omaha Java User group, March, 2006
  • Northern Virginia Java and BEA User Group, Reston, VA: January, 2006
  • Seminars sponsored by BEA Systems, Richmond, VA (June, 2001) and Baltimore, MD (April, 2001)
  • Northern Virginia Java User Group, Chantilly, VA: March, 2001
  • (Launched local) WebLogic User Group, Vienna, VA: January, 2000
  • Association of Internet Professionals (DCAIP Java SIG), Washington D.C.: April 1999
  • Baltimore Harbor Java Users Group, Baltimore, MD: March 1999
  • Java Internet Business Expo, New York: August 1997
  • Networld + Interop '97, Singapore: April, 1997
  • Washington, D.C. Linux Users Group, Bethesda, MD: March, 1996
  • (Several private seminars in Shanghai, India, Virginia, and more)


  • Outstanding Contribution to the Growth of the Java Community (Group/Organization) by Sun Microsystems
  • Best Java Client at JavaOne for BackOnline, a Java-based online backup client/server product
  • Nominated by Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems for a Computerworld-Smithsonian award for a free online file storage service web site (
  • MCI Ace Award

Technical Skills

  • Methodology: Agile (Scrum, Extreme Programming/XP, Agile Model Driven Development), Rational Unified Process (RUP), and custom ones.
  • Languages: Ruby, Java, C++, PERL, C, Unix shell scripting, and Visual Basic.
  • Frameworks - Ruby on Rails (RoR), JEE, Spring Framework, Hibernate, and several others.
  • Databases - MySQL, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, MS-SQL Server, and others.
  • Operating systems - Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, IBM AIX, SGI Irix, Amdhal, AT&T Unix System V, SCO Unix, and others.


  • Database Programming in Java: Networld + Interop '97, Singapore: April, 1997
  • Web Site Development (Hands-On), Learning Tree International: 1996
  • Java Programming (Hands-On), Learning Tree International: 1996