Joe Fagan

Former Soccer Star, Now Soccer Fan


September 01, 2019

NItin Khanna Makes the Most of Hidden Opportunities

NItin Khanna Makes the Most of Hidden Opportunities

Nitin Khanna was born in the northern province of Himachal Pradesh, India, against the high backdrop of the Himalyas. Part of an entrepreneurial family, he spent hist formative years building a business experience base in such enterprises as machine parts and cement production. His early education was at The Lawrence School, one of the highest-ranked in the country, which made a historical, seven-student team expedition to Mt. Everest.

Nitin Khanna attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and received a master’s in industrial engineering. He began his career at International Paper, where he developed managerial skills. Upon observing the coming tech economy, he worked at Oracle in the mid-90s, after which he launched the successful Saber Software with his brother Karan, which developed election modernization software.

Saber went on to become the principle provider of government software, with $300 million in annual revenue and 1,500 employees. Khanna sold sold Saber to EDS in 2008, and HP later acquired it in 2009.

Based on this experience, Khanna became an investor and consultant on mergers and acquisitions, with his next company, MergerTech, for entrepreneurial businesses in his adopted city of Portland, Oregon.

Khanna found that early perception of demand was fundamental to entrepreneurialism, and with the legalization of cannabis in 2012, Khanna formed Cura Cannabis, now the largest cannabis business in the world.

Nitin Khanna believes in doing what you love, and that success relies not only on ideas but on execution and surrounding yourself with capable agents in the company’s mission.

To achieve this, Khanna works on the practice of planning and delegation, which allows more time to focus on business priorities as well as time for family.

His two key points for entrepreneurs are to know your true abilities and how they match your pursuits and to know how to be expedient in acquisition and termination, in order to similarly apply talent.

Having stepped down as CEO of Cura Cannabis, Khanna has engaged in producing film documentaries and sits on the boards of Freewire Broadband, TiE Oregon and Vendscreen.

Find out more here https://weeklyopinion.com/2019/04/nitin-khanna-budding-industry-growing/

February 27, 2019

Stream Energy Creates Stream Cares

Stream Energy is showing how much it truly cares. The Dallas-based energy supplier has witnessed one of the biggest disasters right on its doorstep. Hurricane Harvey caused widespread destruction in Texas, and in response, Stream Energy set up its own charitable wing of the company. Stream Cares has been created to deal with the company’s philanthropic work.

While Stream Cares had been giving generously for over a decade, it marks the formal beginning of the charitable side of the organization. Stream Energy has worked in the past with global charity organizations. It has helped with projects with the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity. Its latest partnership is with a more local charity. Hope Supply Co focuses its efforts on homeless children. Homelessness is a huge problem in Dallas, and the effect it has on children is sometimes overlooked. Hope Supply Co supplies schoolbooks, clothes, food and even diapers.

Stream Cares recently organized a day out for some of those children. Stream Cares employees took the group to a water park. It was the first time many of the kids had experienced something like it. It was also a chance for the employees to show how much they care. It is sometimes easy for companies to just write a check for charities, but Stream Energy employees wanted to help out with their time.

It was not the only event Stream Energy has organized for children and their families. A lunch was hosted for veterans and their families, and a recent event gave ten daughters of veterans the chance to take part in the American Girl Doll Experience. Stream Energy paid fully for both events. The company will continue to look for ways to give back to the communities that it serves. It is all part of its larger commitment to make charity work one of the main things that it is known for.

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2010/october/meet-ceo-rob-snyder-of-stream-energy/