President and Chief Executive Officer of DatamanUSA, LLC, Nidhi Saxena, started her company in her home office after leaving the corporate sector. Now, her company is a leader in providing comprehensive On-Call IT Services that include Project Management, Software Development, Integration, Management Consulting, Managed Services and Technical Staffing for both commercial and government organizations. Here’s her story, and why she credits her success, in part, to the business-friendly environment of Denver South.
Denver South: How did DatamanUSA come about?
Nidhi Saxena: When my second child was born, it wasn’t easy work in the corporate sector. So, I left my job to become an independent consultant. My company was small until about 2002 when we submitted a proposal to Colorado State, wherein they chose a pool of vendors that they planned to work with for the subsequent five years.
We were selected and, soon after, a bigger IT company that hadn’t been awarded the contract approached us and offered to buy us out. The fact that others were seeing the value in our company made me realize that maybe I wasn’t realizing the value in what I had. So, obviously we said no to the bigger IT company, and I decided: “Okay, now I have to come out of my basement and set up proper office.”
In 2004, I took my first office in the Denver Tech Center. It was just one small room, but within a year we hit over one million dollars in revenue. Since then, there’s been no looking back. Now, we have more than 50 contracts with the various state and local government agencies across 22 states.
DS: As an entrepreneur in Denver South, what about the business community has really helped you?
NS: I’m a first-generation immigrant to the country, and there was no back-up for me. Even more, I’m a female, and my family was not business oriented. I found a lot of support in the community.
Over the years I have been involved with the National Association for Women Business Owners, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and one Thai organization. Every interaction with the community, which I found to be open to immigrants and entrepreneurship, has helped our company to learn and be successful.
DS: What is next for you and the company? What does the roadmap look like?
NS: This year our goals are to double revenue and to build out IT staffing, perhaps to include temporary staffing. We’d also like to make projects more turn-key, rather than just provide resources.
DS: What advice do you have for other young women, particularly immigrant entrepreneurs, who are getting into business?
NS: Don’t forget the lessons that you learned as a kid. Be ethical, be honest, and work hard, and everything will fall into place.