Our Story

Our Mission

Panjiva’s mission is to make it easier to do business across borders. Today it is far too complicated to do business across borders. Finding reliable information about companies in other countries is difficult. Communicating with companies in other countries is difficult. Transacting with companies in other countries is difficult. At Panjiva, we leverage technology and information to make these activities easier. By making it easier for companies to do business across borders, we seek to increase the efficiency and expand the benefits of global trade.

Our Founding

In 2005, Josh Green was working at an electronics company when he was asked to find a new supplier. Naively, Josh thought this would be easy. However, Josh soon found a staggering number of companies that claimed to have the required capabilities — but no source for reliable information on all of these companies. Josh discussed this state of affairs with James Psota, a student at MIT, who suggested that technology could play a decisive role in creating a go-to information resource for a global economy.

About a year later, in the fall of 2006, Panjiva was born, with a mission to make it easier to do business across borders.

Two and a half years later, in early 2009, Panjiva formally launched a first-of-its kind intelligence platform for global trade professionals. Today, the platform features information on over 2.5 million companies across 190 countries.

Learn more about the Panjiva intelligence platform.

Our Funding

In June of 2007, Panjiva received an equity investment from an angel contingent led by Mark Gerson, founder of Gerson Lehrman Group.

In March of 2008, Panjiva received an equity investment from Battery Ventures.

Our Name

Many millions of years ago, all of the world’s continents were joined together as a single super-continent. Scientists call this super-continent “Pangaea” (pronounced Pan-JEE-ah). “Panjiva” is simply a twist on “Pangaea.” The Panjiva team likes to think that we’re bringing the continents—or at least the people on them—closer together.