Nitin Khanna is a paradox, a mystery man. Successful entrepreneur, devoted family man, dedicated Portlandian, and electronic DJ? Nitin Khanna is all of these things and more. Born in India, Khanna was educated at the renowned Lawrence School in Sanawar, near Chandigarh, India. The school’s motto, “Never Give In” would become the foundation for his approach to life. Nitin Khanna immigrated to the US and attended Purdue University, obtaining degrees in Industrial Engineering before starting his career in major US corporations including International Paper.
Knowing that the path to both fulfillment and wealth was via entrepreneurship, Nitin Khanna and his younger brother started Saber Corporation in 1998. Saber became the largest standalone government solutions company in the US, riding the wave of the need for voting technology improvements after the 2000 election. In addition to voting software, the company supported state government motor vehicle and child services agencies. Nitin Khanna remained with Saber for a year after he sold it to EDS in 2007. He worked on structured merger and acquisition deals for EDS, and increased his Portland profile. This laid the groundwork for founding MergerTech, a startup technology M&A advisor, in 2009.
Nitin Khanna has invested in numerous companies, both based in Portland and elsewhere. He believes in supporting other entrepreneurs and serves on the boards of some of the companies he supports. In 2015 Khanna was asked to become CEO of Cura Cannabis, now the largest cannabis oil company in the world. Khanna is sold on the future of cannabis and cannabis products, and with his track record, I wouldn’t bet against him.
Like all successful business leaders, Nitin Khanna has many demands on his time, and must work to find balance. He doesn’t believe in work-life balance in the traditional vernacular, however. He subscribes to a work-life integration model, and holds that all successful leaders have free time if they know how to manage it. Khanna is able to sustain a variety of pastimes, including his devotion to his four children and his very successful avocation as an electronic DJ.
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