The path to entrepreneurial success usually takes us out of our comfort zone, a statement proven by the career of Indian-born entrepreneur Nitin Khanna. Born and raised in India, Khanna comes from a family where business and academic success was expected from a young age. At 17, Nitin Khanna was given the chance to attend Purdue Unversity in Indiana leaving his family behind to pursue a new life in the U.S. Eventually, Nitin Khanna completed his studies at Purdue with a Masters in Civil Engineering.
After working at a paper manufacturing company and Oracle, the pull of working as an entrepreneur proved to string for Nitin Khanna to ignore. Nitin Khanna joined his brother in the establishment of Saber Software in Portland, Oregon in 1999 as the chaos of the 2000 Presidential elections between President George W. Bush and Vice-president Al Gore. The battle in Florida over the legality of the Presidential vote gave the Khanna brothers their entry into the big leagues of the software industry.
Basing Saber Software in Portland, Oregon proved a fortuitous move for Nitin Khanna as the state was the first to act upon a congressional requirement to update the voting software used in state elections. The state of Oregon awarded the contract to Saber Software and helped launch the career of Nitin Khanna as an entrepreneur who was destined for the top of various industries. By 2008, Saber Software was providing its skills in updating the election software used in all elections to 21 states in the U.S. and was having a global impact on this industrial sector. Nitin Khanna would eventually employ more than 1,500 people at Saber Software producing annual revenues of $300 million. The sale of Saber to EDS for $1,200 million led to Khanna becoming one of the leading figures in the mergers and acquisitions sector of the U.S. economy.
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