Georama is a one-stop solution that lets travelers plan, book, and share their trips on a one-of-a-kind interactive map. We help travelers from start to finish – partnering with several top sites to offer the best travel content and fares, therefore eliminating the need to go to many different sites. Georama provides travelers with an immersive experience and unmatched tools to find destinations, create itineraries, and visualize trips.
Our team has spent over a year building the robust Georama platform and crafting a beautiful experience. Our mission is to provide savvy travelers with the most powerful tools before, during, and after their trips, making the entire travel process convenient and fun.
Nihal Advani Nihal is an experienced digital marketer, globetrotter and Founder & CEO of Georama. He spent his teenage years as an internationally ranked tennis player before attending the University of Arkansas on a full tennis scholarship. While at Stony Brook University in New York, where he was captain of the varsity tennis team, he interned at Google. After graduating at the top of his class with a BS in Marketing, he joined Microsoft where he spent five years in various marketing and data roles across Search (Bing), Display, and Social, including as Program Manager for the Microsoft Media Network. When not riding an ostrich in South Africa, windsurfing in Malaysia or playing the djembe in Prague, Nihal can be found in the Chicago Loop area, dreaming about emerging technologies, and playing with his bulldog, Wimbledon.
Ivo Dimitrov A francophone from an early age, Ivo completed his undergrad in Management in Paris. Further interest in business development and operational efficiency took Ivo to the Society of HR Management, Institutional Shareholder Services and The World Bank in Washington DC, where he served in various analytical and capacity-building roles. More recently Ivo worked as an Operations Team Lead at IBM, managing supplier relationships and consolidating low-risk, low-value and fast turnaround transactions for the firm. Ivo holds an MBA degree from DePaul and has pursued a passion in Entrepreneurship by consulting a Chicago healthcare start-up, co-founding a charitable foundation and by currently serving as a Chief Operating Officer of Georama. Ivo has lived in 4 countries across 3 continents and explored many more in his passion for travel. In his free time he practices boxing and studies Japanese.
Milan Sharma Milan has more than 12 years of enriched technology experience in both front-end and back-end technologies. After graduating in Computer Science & Engineering from Punjab Technical University, he spent two years at Center for Computational Engineering where he last worked as Project Lead for a multi-million dollar banking project. After that, he worked for eight years at Cogniter Technologies as Director of Technology and built its Offshore Development Center from scratch to a 100-person team. He then worked as Co-Founder & Director of Engineering at PalmGeo Technologies for a year before joining Georama as its CTO. He also has undertaken an MBA from UIAMS, Panjab University. If Milan is not working with his developers on rolling out high-end features for Georama, he can be seen spending quality time with his family especially his two-year old boy as well as dreaming of exotic vacations with them.
Neil Feuling Neil is a hospitality aficionado turned digital start up enthusiast, with a decade of experience in strategy, marketing, and business development for multi-million dollar businesses. He is a consultant to startups, such as GrubHub.com, with a successful track record in e-commerce retailing, digital marketing, corporate strategy and partnerships for online businesses, like Cars.com. Neil holds an MBA in Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship as well as a MS in Finance, both from DePaul University where he founded the Kellstadt Marketing Group. When Neil and his wife are not roaming the urban landscape throughout North and South Americas, Europe and Asia in search of culinary experiences, he'll confess an affection for field hockey and musicals. He and his wife live in Chicago's Near North neighborhood.
James Carney An experienced digital curator, writer, and world traveler, James has been frantically running through international airports for the better part of two decades. Prior to Georama, James was the Lead Content Curator at Talk3, a semantic technology firm. Through the use of API data, domain architecture, and ontological structures, James and his intern team modeled digital solutions for problems common to restaurant-goers, Twitter-users, and the world at large. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, James double-majored in International Relations and Italian with coursework that covered Macroeconomics, Political Philosophy, and Social Psychology. In his spare time he moonlighted as a culture critic, translator, and novelist. In his free time, James is most likely rereading Cormac McCarthy, compiling soccer statistics, or playing with other people's dogs. He lives in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
Corey Anand Corey is a serial entrepreneur and global nomad with a background in music, real estate and hospitality. During his entrepreneurial and management degree studies at DePaul University, he began with his work as project manager for Jeff McClusky & Associates focused on new recording artists and business development, while co-managing multi-platinum artists and launching new talent. Founder of Velvet Rhythm Entertainment, Corey broke two national acts, one of which reached Grammy ballot nominations, national record releases, and international exposure, gaining him recognition from industry leaders. Since then, he's consulted on a number of startups and property management projects for Chicago's Supera Asset Management. Corey was born in Toronto and raised in Auckland, NZ, before landing in Chicago, via London, Paris, Singapore, Amsterdam and Rome.
Melissa Field Melissa is a digital marketer who has spent the past five years helping different types of businesses expand their visibility on the web and retain the interest of their customer base. She has experience managing search engine marketing and paid social campaigns, and developing social media content strategy. Georama is her second foray into the startup space and she's especially excited to use the catch phrase, "Let's go to the map!" in her professional life. Some of Melissa's most memorable travel experiences are her honeymoon in Italy, summer study abroad in France, and a family trip to Israel. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking, salsa dancing, and practicing yoga. Melissa is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Journalism. She and her husband live in Chicago's South Loop.
Mischaela Elkins Mischaela is an enthusiastic social media manager and expert cross-cultural communicator. She is a Senior at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business majoring in Business Operations, Marketing & Finance. In addition to her business studies she is an American Bar Association accredited corporate paralegal. She has worked as a freelance copywriter and social media manager for a handful of startups in the fashion and beauty industry, three of these companies have gone on to international fame after being featured on The Oprah Winfry Show and in New You Magazine and Harper's Bazaar. A dedicated humanitarian, she is a member of the United Nations Association of Chicago and The United States Committee on United Nations Women. Her love of international cultures and sensitivity to cross-cultural communication made connecting with Georama's global user base a natural fit.