Employee Spotlight: Karan Khalsa – Driving Data Forward at Passport

April 30, 2024 
|  Passport

As the Manager of Data Analytics and Engineering at Passport, Karan Khalsa stands out for his significant contributions to enhancing the company’s data infrastructure. His forward-looking approach emphasizes the importance of evolving Passport’s data capabilities: “Moving Passport to a modern data stack is near and dear to me. We are making sure we build a future-proof toolkit for every team to be successful for years to come.” This initiative not only optimizes decision-making but also positions Passport for sustained growth and innovation.

Karan’s journey at Passport, spanning nearly two years, was sparked by his alignment with the company’s drive for advancement in an industry desperate for modernization. “Passport stood out as an underdog trying to bring an outdated industry into the 21st century,” he reflects, appreciating the company’s openness to new ideas and philosophy of shared success.

Throughout his tenure, Karan has seized opportunities to lead and participate in projects that have challenged his skills and promoted his professional growth. “Passport offers the freedom to take on projects that challenge you to grow,” he remarks, underlining the supportive and enriching environment that Passport fosters for its employees. This has enabled him to delve into new technologies and learn from the collective expertise of his knowledgeable colleagues.

One of the aspects of working at Passport that Karan values most is the team’s kindness and the supportive welcome he received. He recalls, “In my first week, one of the PMs that lived close to me reached out to set up an in-person coffee chat and made the first week welcome so much better.” This experience exemplifies the company’s ethos of inclusivity and sense of community at Passport.

Karan’s advocacy for Passport is rooted in the belief that it’s the perfect environment for individuals who seek impactful work and enjoy the opportunity to tackle new challenges. He notes the culture of collective problem-solving and resilience, saying, “The Passport team always finds a way to come together and shine when it matters.” This collaborative spirit is what he believes truly sets Passport apart.

Originally from India and now living in Toronto, Canada, Karan’s diverse experiences add valuable perspectives to the Passport team. Beyond his work, Karan enjoys hiking, running, and cooking, particularly the enjoyment of pizza. His worldview is further expanded by his travels, with eight stamps in his passport marking his international adventures.

Karan Khalsa’s story at Passport is a testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and teamwork. His achievements and experiences embody the principles that make Passport a remarkable place to work, where every employee is encouraged to contribute, grow, and make a lasting difference in the industry.

“Passport has a culture where we all treat problems as ‘we’ and not ‘you’ or ‘me’. We are making sure we build a future-proof toolkit for every team to be successful for years to come. Passport is also full of brilliant folks that love to share their knowledge and help you grow.”

Karan Khalsa