Vinit Nijhawan

Vinit Nijhawan, an entrepreneur, angel investor, and former venture capitalist, is Lecturer and Executive-in-Residence in the Boston University School of Management's Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC).

Previously a Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners, Mr. Nijhawan was a Director of Airwide Solutions and Optasite, Key VP portfolio companies. He also served on the board of Nextworth. Airwide provides software to wireless operators for text and multimedia messaging. Mr. Nijhawan was the CEO of Taral Networks which acquired Sema Messaging to form Airwide Solutions. Optasite is a wireless tower operator. Nextworth refurbishes used iPods.

Before that, Mr. Nijhawan was the founder, president, and chairman of the board of Kinetic Computer Corporation, which was established in 1992 to provide wireless solutions for transportation and logistics fleets. Kinetic's wireless mobile computer product line was sold to Symbol Technologies (now part of Motorola) and Kinetic's eTruck intellectual property was acquired by Qualcomm. Mr. Nijhawan was the senior vice president and chief operating officer of Payload Systems, Inc., which developed spaceflight instrumentation for the space shuttle and the international space station. Payload merged with Space Industries (now part of General Dynamics). Mr. Nijhawan served as the Marketing & Sales Director for Cal Corp., (now part of EMS).

Mr. Nijhawan has participated in over 100 panel discussions and paper presentations about venture, wireless, logistics and aerospace markets and technologies, and is the Chairman of TiE-Boston and a Board of Trustee for TiE Global. Mr. Nijhawan earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

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