Sam Chandler : Nitro CEO : Mid-market rising star


Nitro Founder and CEO Sam Chandler emerged as the 2014 ‘Best Rising Star’ at the GE Capital Momentum Awards, recognised for driving the growth and international expansion of Nitro, the Australian-founded digital document productivity and collaboration company.

Under Chandler’s stewardship, Nitro has cemented its position as one of the fastest-growing, and largest, tech startups to come out of Australia. A serial entrepreneur, Chandler started his first company at 16 when still in high school and his second at 21 while studying at RMIT. Having launched Nitro in Melbourne in 2005, the company has grown under Chandler’s vision and leadership to become a global leader in digital document productivity and collaboration solutions. With over 150 employees and 450,000 customers worldwide, Nitro’s award-winning desktop and cloud based digital document products are now used every month by millions of people in almost 200 countries.

The 2014 Rising Star award adds to a string of accolades for Nitro this year, with Chandler taking the top gong at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southern Region Awards in the emerging category last month. Nitro also recently claimed the #2 spot in the JobAdvisor list of Australia’s Coolest Tech Companies, beating out competition from a pool of more than 300 businesses.

“When we founded Nitro, we knew that the document productivity and collaboration market had huge potential,” said Chandler. “We’re only a small part of the way along our journey to building a really big business, but it’s fantastic to see the hard work of all our Nitronauts recognised in this award.

“Appearing in a ‘Rising Star’ category suggests that you’re doing pretty well, but also that there is a lot more to potential to play out – which is exactly how we feel about where Nitro is now.”

The win adds to a string of awards for Nitro in 2014 – Sam took out the Entrepreneur of the year Southern Region award in the emerging category in July and Nitro was just ranked as No 2 in JobAdvisors’s Australia’s Coolest Companies.

In addition to expanding its existing San Francisco headquarters and offices in Melbourne, Dublin and Nitra, Slovakia, Nitro recently opened an office in St. Petersburg, Russia to further strengthen and grow its engineering team and more global expansion is planned over the coming year. The company is hiring worldwide, and across all departments.

About Nitro

Nitro is changing the way the world works with documents – from the desktop to the cloud, making it easy to create, edit, share, sign and collaborate; online or offline. More than 450,000 businesses run Nitro, including more than 50 per cent of the Fortune 500. The PDF software partner of choice for Lenovo, Nitro’s award-winning products, including Nitro Pro and Nitro Cloud, are used by millions of people around the world every day. Australian-founded, Nitro is headquartered in downtown San Francisco with offices in Melbourne, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; Nitra, Slovakia; and St. Petersburg Russia. One of the fastest-growing private companies in the world, Nitro is also a multiple Inc. 500/5000, BRW Fast 100, Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Software 500 award winner. More info:

About theGE Capital Momentum Awards

The BRW GE Capital Momentum Awards, are Australia’s only awards for top Mid-Market companies. The Mid-Market is a crucial and under-recognised part of Australia’s economy, and the awards celebrate its success stories and leaders.


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