Nitin Khanna is a Portland, Oregon-based entrepreneur. He was born in Himachal Pradesh, India which is in the mountainous, northern part of that country. His father served in the military while many of his extended family members owned their own businesses. By being around these businesses he absorbed a lot of information about what it takes to run your own company.
He was sent to a boarding school in Sanawar, India when he was 8 years old. This is one of India’s best boarding schools. For his college education, he emigrated to the United States and became a student at Purdue University. He earned both a BS and an MS in industrial engineering. He thought about earning a Ph.D. in robotics but dropped that idea and started working instead.
He found a job at International Paper where he was entered into their management trainee program. Nitin Khanna managed one of their cardboard box plants for a few years but wasn’t really satisfied with his career. He also worked for Oracle before joining up with his brother, who had also moved to the United States, to establish their own company.
The two brothers established Saber Software in 1999. This company developed software for government including voting, DMVs, Health & Human Resources, and more. When they sold this company in 2008 it had over $300 million in annual revenues. Nitin Khanna used his share to start investing in companies in Portland, Oregon.
His investment firm is MergerTech and he is the chief executive officer. In addition to investing in other companies, Nitin Khanna also serves as a financier who connects entrepreneurs to financial and strategic partners. He also served as the CEO of Cura Cannabis for a period of time which is a company in the burgeoning marijuana industry.
He says that he enjoys working in industries that feature a lot of competition, something that is going on in the marijuana industry. Nitin Khanna says that it all comes down to execution and who does the best at that will come out on top. Competing against other entrepreneurs is something he very much enjoys.
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