Karan co-founded MergerTech in 2009. In addition to Business Development activities, Karan’s primary focus is to create partnerships, both external and internal, that allow MergerTech to grow and scale rapidly. This growth is achieved by ensuring that the company has the senior bankers and analysts, as well as operational resources at its disposal, to meet its mission to help advise technology companies. Karan created the full hiring plan and brought on senior bankers and analysts that aligned with the firm’s traditional strength in IT Services and Solution Providers but also those who could lead clients in the emerging verticals of Mobile, Big Data, Social and Cloud. He formed partnerships with Stanford and UC Berkeley to bring on interns and analysts, while concurrently creating an infrastructure that could manage 100% of the year-over-year growth expected by MergerTech. This team and infrastructure successfully supported MergerTech as it grew from approximately $30MM in closed transaction value in 2010 to over $300MM in 2012.
Prior to MergerTech, Karan was the founder, President and COO of Saber Corp. a Portland based national firm focused on providing technology solutions to government clients. Saber’s success, based in a large part on its on-time and on-budget delivery and enviable record of service and reputation, led to a significant investment in the company by Accel-KKR Private Equity in 2005 with an eventual sale of the company for $460MM to EDS in December 2007. At Saber, Karan helped lead the integration of 8 M&A transactions, an experience that currently allows him to provide deep operational, strategic, and M&A advice to MergerTech clients.
Karan sits on the boards of the Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship (Chapman University) and TIE South Coast (non-profit). Karan lives in Southern California with his wife Priyanka and son Kismat.