Founder, HOP WTR

Nick Taranto

Nick Taranto is a US Marine Corps infantry officer with a BA from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard. In 2012 he started from his kitchen counter in NYC and over the course of 5 years raised almost $100M in venture capital, shipped tens of millions of meals across the U.S., grew from 2 to 1,500 employees, and eventually sold the business for $200M+in 2017. Nick developed the concept of HOP WTR after putting on 20 pounds while drinking way too much beer. He looked at the market for good alternatives, and when he couldn’t find The Healthy Alternative to Beer, he decided to go create it himself! Nick is based in Santa Monica, California and is the proud but sleep-deprived Dad of two young daughters and enjoys getting outside whenever he’s not building businesses or chasing around his kids.