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.

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August 22, 2019

Richard Liu Qiangdong: One of the World’s Greatest Leaders

Rarely, a business professional is accurately awarded for excellence. In most cases, the awards are given by no-name organizations that only hold sway in that respective industry. When people hear about Forbes naming someone something or Fortune, the awarded title or accommodation holds more weight in the mind of the average person.

Richard Liu Qiangdong has been named many things and won many awards for his excellence in e-commerce business. Richard Liu Qiangdong is founder and CEO of, one of the largest online companies in China. The massive platform recently outperformed Alibaba.

Before Richard Liu Qiangdong launched his online success, he ran numerous brick-and-mortar stores throughout Beijing. The original company name was Jingdong, a name he created by combining the last character of his name with the last character of one of his ex-girlfriend’s names. It’s kind of weird that he kept the company after they broke up, but he later changed it anyway., or Jingdong Mall, is a massive e-commerce marketplace that sells over a billion different items. Customers can get everything from simple office supplies to high-class imported Hungarian sweet wines. The most impressive aspect of ordering from is that most Chinese residents get their purchase in less than 24 hours of ordering.

Richard Liu Qiangdong is nationally and internationally recognized for his business brilliance. In 2011, he won two prestigious awards; one from CCTV and Fortune. He was named “2011 China Economic Person of the Year” and “2011 Chinese Business Leader.” The next year, he won Fortune China’s “2012 Chinese Businessman.”

With such a respected reputation, it’s no wonder why he’s invited to some of the grandest forums in the world. He enjoys traveling all over the world meeting new people and learning about their culture and integrating them into some way.

Recently, he attended the World Economic Forum in Davos and shared some stories from the early years running and the physical stores before the SARS outbreak.

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