American Executive and Serial Entrepreneur Starts New Offshore Outsourcing Company

Vision to bridge the global economy

Alexandria, VA February 19, 2005 -- Arctern, a new entrant in the offshore outsourcing industry announced its company launch.

Bijal Mehta is the founder of Arctern providing the vision, strategic direction, and execution for the company. Prior to Arctern, Bijal was the Chairman of iCode, Inc. A seasoned entrepreneurial executive with 15 years of experience in the computer hardware, software, and India offshore outsourcing industry, Bijal co-founded iCode with the vision of developing an 'all-in-one' mini-ERP software solution for small businesses and medium enterprises (SMEs) worldwide. Under his leadership as President and CEO, the Everest line of products have been implemented at thousands of SMEs worldwide and won numerous industry awards and accolades beating leading competitors such as Microsoft Business Solutions, SAGE, and Intuit. He raised multiple rounds of venture financing to help fund strategic initiatives and fuel the company's growth.

Bijal established iCode as a pioneering software company to leverage a 80:20 India:US workforce model as early as 1996 and built iCode up to 240 employees in India and 60 in the US. Bijal is considered an expert on India offshoring and the worldwide SME market. Bijal remains one of the largest individual shareholders in iCode. Prior to iCode, Bijal co-founded Accel Inc., a DC-based "white box" computer retailer and was sold to Mantech International in 1994.

"Offshore outsourcing has become essential for most growing businesses, yet there are no clear market leaders that serve the needs of small and mid-sized businesses" said Bijal Mehta, founder, Arctern. "We hope to become the partner of choice for companies looking to benefit from offshoring and venturing into international markets."

About Arctern
Arctern is an offshore outsourcing and technology services company serving the needs of businesses globally. Committed to improving its customers' profitability, Arctern provides skilled manpower resources for software development, engineering, web design, technical support, call center operations, sales and marketing, customer service, research, and back-office accounting and administration. With significant industry and business experience, global resources, and a pioneering business model, Arctern can help quickly, easily, and affordably, deploy the right people, projects, and infrastructure to meet the offshore outsourcing objectives of companies small and large. Arctern's home page is

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