Though Nitin Khanna has gained recognition for being an innovative entrepreneur in the tech industry, those are not his only talents. He is also a DJ, an Executive Producer, has made his own wine, and is a devoted family man.
The son of a military man, Khanna was born in India in 1971. He arrived in the United States at the young age of 17 to further his education. Khanna obtained an undergraduate and then a master’s degree from Purdue University, majoring in Industrial Engineering. He was in the middle of obtaining his Ph.D. in robotics when he decided to leave academia. Shortly thereafter, he started Saber Corp, a company that received much attention during the 2000 Presidential elections. In 2009, he began a mergers and acquisitions company called MergerTech and has been the CEO every since.
Because of his successful leadership in a number of companies, Khanna has solidified a work strategy that is simple, yet effective. The key is prioritization. Khanna adheres to the zero inbox philosophy, where no message or email goes unanswered for more than 24 hours. He begins his day at 5:30 am addressing any new messages received. This clears the rest of his morning to focus on the tasks for the day. He believes it is important to prioritize your schedule so that you don’t engage in things that are unproductive. Time is a commodity that Khanna values very much. “If a meeting can be done in five minutes there is no reason to take fifteen minutes.” Top executives know how to be efficient with their time by hiring people whose visions and expectations align with the company’s culture. Khanna firmly believes that what puts one company ahead of the competition is the people within the company. For example, his core instincts of strategizing and growth are complemented by his brother’s, who is more operationally minded.
Today, in between managing lucrative portfolios, Khanna also enjoys the family life. He has four children and always tries his best to keep 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm reserved just for them.
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