In this episode, Brandon sits down with Sumit Mehta of Mazakali to discuss bringing investment banking in cannabis, the state of institutional capital and incubators, and why Canada’s public markets are a gift and a curse for founders. Sumit and his team have invested in founders for years in cannabis, and bring decades of financial experience to the space. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Sumit and Mazakali!
In this special video episode, Brandon and team head down to San Jose to check out Caliva and meet with their CEO Dennis O'Malley. Caliva is arguably the #1 dispensary and consumer brand in California. With enormous on-site cultivation, processing, packaging, etc and a beautiful retail dispensary, this company is a shining light for the industry. It's facility and team are a stunning example to Trump and Sessions on what legal cannabis can be. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Caliva!
In this episode, Brandon and Jon Trauben of Altitude Investments discuss how New York finance is approaching cannabis investing. The east coast VC world has a different approach to cannabis investing, but with capital invested in BDS Analytics, Flowhub, Wurk, and Cannadescent; Altitude is following a similar strategy to the other successful early-stage funds in cannabis. Brandon and Jon dive deeper into plant touching and how that impacts LP conversations, multi-state expansion, and the frothy Canadian public markets. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with another top investor in the cannabis industry!
In this episode, Brandon talks with Matt Hawkins of Cresco Capital about cannabis Private Equity (PE) investing, the appeal of public exits, and the changing stigma in Dallas, Texas regarding cannabis. Matt and his team have deployed over $25 million in the space in a number of investments including: Flrish Farms, Ebbu, Harvest, and Green Thumb Industries (GTI). Unlike many investors in this space, Matt and his team are not afraid to touch the plant. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with another prominent investor in the cannabis industry!
In this episode, Brandon dives into cannabis distribution with CEO Tim Conder of Blackbird. Tim and his team conquered the Nevada market, and now have their sights set on California. With competition rising, Tim discusses managing teams at scale, building v buying internal tech tools, and why solving California distribution is so difficult. If you've ever wondered how products get from farm to store (or directly to you!), then tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with cannabis distribution!
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In this extra special episode, Brandon welcomes founder Roy Bingham of BDS Analytics to the show. BDS is one of the leaders in harvesting, analyzing, and profiting off of data in the cannabis industry. Roy discusses his background in the natural food industry, raising a Series B with Canopy, and how to tackle the data challenges of California. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with BDS and the rise of big data in cannabis!
In this episode, Brandon welcomes Arthur de Cordova of Ziel to the show. Arthur and his team are changing the world of food safety in cannabis. With their radio frequency technology, they can process up to 100 lbs an hour of cannabis flower. This patented process actually vibrates the cannabis using it’s inherent moisture. In addition, Arthur and Brandon dive into how food safety improves a company’s bottom line, Arthur’s Wall Street background, and why remediation is so difficult with the cannabis plant. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Ziel and food safety in cannabis!
In this episode, Brandon welcomes John Lupien of Bastcore to the show. John and his team are disrupting the world of hemp. With their innovative decortication machine, they are taking hemp processing to a whole new level. John discusses how hemp can be used not just for apparel and other consumer goods, but also for high end processes such as oil well drilling. In addition, John dives into hemp CBD, raising capital in hemp, and how hemp will replace cotton throughout the world. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with hemp!
In this episode, Brandon dives into the European cannabis market with Stephen Murphy of Prohibition Partners. Similarly to the US, Europe has a wide variety of laws, customs, and cultural attitudes surrounding cannabis. Countries like Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal are leading the new medical cannabis revolution, but issues like patient access, cultivation supply, access to new products like oils, and Brexit are causing problems in the rollout of cannabis laws across Europe. Stephen breaks down the current laws in individual countries, the rollout of medical followed by recreational, and the reasons why the EU will be the biggest cannabis market in the world in the next 5 years.
In this hemp based episode, Brandon chats with Centuria Foods founder Michael Brubeck about how he built the largest hemp CBD manufacturer by gross tonnage in biomass and oil in North America. Starting in cannabis retail and cultivation almost 15 years ago, Michael shares his thoughts on the future of hemp, the efficacy of topicals, and why you shouldn’t buy his book..but you should learn the lessons. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the world of large scale importing, manufacturing, and processing of hemp CBD!