When it comes to early stage startup investing in Portland, one person’s name tends to come up more than any other: Nitin Khanna. An entrepreneur with a wildly successful exit, Nitin has been an early glimmer of the burgeoning “virtuous cycle” investment in Portland—a cycle where successful entrepreneurs become Angels for a new crop of startups.
I honestly can’t say enough nice things about Nitin. And that’s why it’s nice to have an excuse to write about him. And his being recognized by TiE as the Angel of the Year for 2011.
A TiE Oregon Charter Member Reception was held in February to discuss how TiE Angels are leading the way globally in Angel investment and deal flow for startups. Nitin Khanna, CEO, MergerTech and TiE Oregon Board Member and Charter Member was awarded an “Angel of the Year” award for 2011 for his exemplary contributions to the entrepreneurial community in Oregon.
Think about that for just a second. A Portland Angel was named Angel of the Year for a worldwide organization.
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 57 chapters across 14 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.
Congratulations to Nitin on the recognition. And a heartfelt thanks for all the things he does to support the startup community in Portland.
Things are definitely changing around here. And a great deal of that change is thanks to Nitin.
For more information, read TiE Oregon’s write-up.