Portland Entrepreneur Nitin Khanna Sits Down with Interview’s George Baker

A 2019 Interview article by George Baker highlights the successes of Merger Tech CEO Nitin Knanna. The Q@A with the Portland, Oregon entrepreneur reveals some of Khanna’s background an strategies for success too.

Khanna has not always been a Portland, Oregon resident. He was born in 1971 in India. Motivated by the entrepreneurial successes of his family members, Nitin Khanna decided to move to the United States of America at the age of 17. He chose to attend Purdue University. At Purdue, Khanna received his undergraduate and master’s degrees. He was in the doctoral program for robotics, when his brother decided to come to the U.S. in 1999. Nitin Khanna left the doctoral program at Purdue that year, and he and his brother formed a company called Saber Software.

Saber Software would grow by leaps and bounds after the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the 20000 election results and concern over fraud. Already providing voter registration support through their company’s software to the election board in Oregeon, Nitin Khanna and his brother would eventually land more than 20 government contracts to modernize state voting platforms.

Khanna would sell Saber and then formed his current company Merger Tech in 2009. The company would set its focus on helping other business startups with their mobile technology. He also founded another company prior to Merger Tech called CuraCann, which is a cannabis oil company. Although he is no longer with CuraCann, Khanna hopes that he left the company able to accomplish their goals for years to come. He still has high hopes for the company.

Focusing on one’s strengths and weaknesses is a key to success, according to Khanna. He admits that one must be realistic and fully aware of their abilities. Nitin Khanna also believes that staying on top of communications is vital for success. The entrepreneur tries to make sure that any communication he receives over the phone or via email is returned within 24 hours.

When not busy with work, Nitn Khanna finds time to DJ and create documentaries.

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How NGP VAN is Transforming Campaigns with Modern Technology Tools

The mode of political strategizing and campaigning has changed significantly. In the 20th century, campaigns were largely based on intensive labor efforts. But the trend has transformed into intensive technological utilization. The most significant technical effort campaign can be witnessed in the Democratic campaigns with the use of NGP VAN technology.

NGP VAN was critical in the two successful presidential bids of President Obama. In both 2008 and 2012 campaigns, the Democratic Party used the company’s tech to spot their massive support base and supply extensive and vital data to these supporters. With this technology, the Democrats are steps ahead in ensuring extensive data powering within shortest times.

This new web platform is helping in future-driven campaigns. In this technological era, new methods of digital-based campaigns are emerging such as the use of smartphone apps to mobilize voters. Political parties utilizing these platforms have an advantage over those who ignore them as witnessed in the massive 2008 and 2012 Massive Democratic mobilization of voters.

Throughout presidential campaigns history in the US, candidates with the ability to utilize new tech platforms have had successful Whitehouse bids. For instance, Democrat Franklin Roosevelt harnessed the power of new technology by then (the radio) and a “Fireside Chats” strategy to connect with voters on a daily basis. In fact, this strategy helped him run successfully for four terms until the constitution was amended to set term limits.


NGP VAN has also been powering apps to counterattack opponents’ campaigns. For example, they powered the Pollwatcher App launched by the Obama Campaign in 2012. Positive results were seen as the app propelled the Democrats’ agenda through the young-digital-age minds.

The use of apps is localizing campaigns. Candidates don’t necessarily need to visit every voter, and they can use the tools as connectives between voters and the campaign team.

Though computer-campaigning methods are advantageous, it is a complicated process. To start with, the incumbent candidates have incumbency advantage. Then, the web-based campaigning needs tech experts. Digital experts are essential since they have to design platforms that cannot allow hackers penetration and excellent interface systems.


With the mid-term US campaigns, NGP VAN will have many tasks as the Democrats aim to paint the Senate and Congress blue.