Nitin Khanna is an enigmatic business figure in Portland, Oregon having successful ventures from many industries including film, wine, and cannabis.
Khanna was born and raised in Himachal India, a small Indian village by a family of entrepreneurs. In his childhood, Nitin Khanna was able to see businesses where he observed and developed his business philosophies that lead to his success today. Khanna attended one of India’s best boarding schools the Lawrence School, which has the motto, “Never Give In” that still inspires him today.
For college, Nitin Khanna came to the US and attended Purdue University getting engineering degrees and only a few years later founded his first company called Saber Software. This company was one of his first major successes selling for $470 million back in 2007.
After this initial success, Khanna founded the M&A firm Mergertech and later became CEO of Cura Cannabis, which became one of the largest producers of cannabis oil.
Nitin Khanna believes in having passions outside of work to maintain a work/life balance. Khanna completely merged himself in entrepreneurship by being on several boards for projects like non-profit TiE Oregon. Nitin Khanna’s statement on Oregon has been, “to help as many startups as he can.” He hopes to be someone to look up to and create an atmosphere of growth for the community. He also continues to support local non-profit organizations.
Khanna is someone to look up to with his eclectic business ventures making him a cultural figure in the business world. He focuses on execution rather than ideas, and says his success comes from “executing the plan”. Khanna is a hard worker with a wide range of unique entrepreneurial pursuits, he’s had involvement with both film and wine and even owned a Portland nightclub where he was a DJ.
His ventures in the wine industry have lead to making the labels Four Handle and Pinot Noir. His involvement with wine doesn’t end there, he is also on the Board of Classic Wines Auction, a charity with annual dinner party he hosts and continues to be involved with many prominent wine events.
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