Finding Small Companies with Potential to Invest In

Nitin Khanna was the owner of Saber, which is a company that helped states they contracted with manage their vehicle registration services along with other services the state offices for vehicle owner. Due to the success of Saber, it was purchased by EDS, which eventually became part of HP. The transaction was for $420 million. Most people would consider more social opportunities when they have just sold a company for $420 million. That’s not the case with Nitin Khanna though; he looked to develop another company as elaborated here.

That company he developed is MergerTech, and he operates it out of California. MergerTech is an investment bank that has found a niche to compete in. That niche is brokering the sale of companies with a value of less than $100 million. The reason he chose that value is because it is below the radar of largest investment banks giving him a chance to nurture his business in Portland, Oregon.

Nurturing his business has allowed Nitin Khanna to focus on defining his niche. The first part of the niche Nitin Khanna identified is businesses that are at risk of going under and their investors want their money back. He sees these as companies that can recover and thrive. Another type in the niche is companies that are succeeding but have a need for cash from an investor. The final group of small businesses he is focusing on is those that have gone through the startup lifestyle and their owners would prefer to sell it and use that money to create another startup and nurture that company. This new venture has been detailed here

Nitin Khanna is playing the role of a matchmaker in the business world. As the CEO of MergerTech, he is searching for companies that fall into each of the three categories already discussed. He is then creating another list of contacts that are investors that want to assist a startup with cash, or to take over a company after they have matured from the startup phase. Nitin Khanna as a knack for networking. Using that networking he is helping the overall economy on both a micro and a macro level to grow through investment.

Hussain Sajwani: DAMAC Owner, Family Man, Real Estate Investor

Hussain Sajwani was one of the first citizens of the United Arab Emirates to obtain a government scholarship to attend college in the United States. He attended and graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and Economics. He returned to the U.A.E. and worked at Abu Dhabi Gas Industries for two years before realizing that the real money was is owning your own business. He began his own catering company in 1983 that went regional.

Hussain Sajwani also sold timeshares and used the money from that to begin his real estate investing. When Dubai was opened for development in 2002, Sajwani became founder and owner of DAMAC Properties, which began by building towers in the city and expanded from there into a regional real estate and construction powerhouse. As DAMAC owner, Hussain Sajwani led the company to expand not only in the Middle East but also into the U.K. DAMAC has over 44,000 project in development from planning to completed and is always expanding.

In an interview for Ideamensch Hussain Sajwani speaks about the philosophy that led to his becoming a billionaire. He talks about the value of always earning new skills and setting new challenges. Sajwani says that he believes people must learn from success and failure alike and says he wouldn’t do anything differently.

Sajwani says he fills his days with meetings to stay informed about the status of all the aspects of his businesses as well as nurturing and forming new contact relationships. Despite all these meetings he makes time for his family every day, talking about the importance of maintaining a work/life balance. He emphasizes the importance of trust in business, as well as the importance of setting boundaries.

Sajwani sees the immense potential of social media and makes it a pillar of his businesses communications, connecting with vendors, customers, advertisers, potential costumers and anyone else needed through social media. Keeping informed on current events is also important for Sajwani as a businessman and he uses his phone to stay on top of developing stories and events throughout each day.