Nitin Khanna: Changing the Ecosystem


If asked to wrap Nitin Khanna’s entire life into a single word, several might come to mind; entrepreneur, Indian, vintner, investor, producer. Look deeper into his life, however, and one can come up with the best possible choice: change.

 Nitin Khanna, the son of an Indian army colonel, was given an opportunity that likely shaped his life. At eight years old, he was sent to Sanawar, India with the fortuity to attend The Lawrence School. One of the most prestigious schools in Asia since its inception in 1847, The Lawrence School, popularly called Sanawar, accepts children that can pass its competitive entrance examination. Khanna successfully passed the examination securing his position in the school which helped to build the resilient entrepreneur’s future.

Fast forwarding to 2013 finds Nitin Khanna on the cutting edge of documentary production with Cullent Hoback’s documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply. The film, heavily foreshadowing Edward Snowden’s data leak later that same year, was a first for the entrepreneur, but would not be his last. A mere four years later, Khanna and Hoback would work together on What Lies Upstream, a muckraking documentary that revealed new information about poor water quality control practices in the US.

An avid wine lover, Khanna serves on the Board of the Classic Wines Auction, a charitable organization raising nearly $50 million for children of Oregon and southwest Washington. Amid a flurry of fantastic networking opportunities, Nitin Khanna’s deep love of wine and admiration for wine-making have kept the Portland resident, and dual engineering degree holder, motivated.

 From enrollment in Sanawar to graduation from Purdue University to the launch of Saber Software (a company worth over $470 million at the time of sale) to MergerTech, from his involvement as CEO of Cura Cannabis (valued at nearly $1 billion) to his love of of Pinot Noir, Nitin Khanna exemplifies the eclectic entrepreneur. In an interview with Startup Weekly on October 10, 2011, Khanna stated what would go on to be a common thread throughout much of his work, “How can we change the ecosystem?” Perhaps a question more entrepreneurs should ask themselves.

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