In this week’s episode, Brandon goes to Oakland to visit the Treez office to sit down with their CEO, John Yang. John and his team have built one of the top seed to sale platforms in the cannabis space. They started with the POS + retail side, but recently entered into the cultivation and manufacturing space with their acquisition of the Mister Kraken software. Couple that with their recent Series A round led by Intrinsic Capital, Treez is positioned to be one of the top companies in cannabis. Learn how John took his lessons from ERP consulting and building restaurant POS platforms to leading a team of almost 50 and raising $15 million total in capital. It took John 18 months to get his Series A lead investor on board, and you’ll learn about this struggle and more in this awesome interview. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with John of Treez!
In this week’s episode, Brandon welcomes Vince Ning, CEO of Nabis, to the show. Vince is not your average young founder. He’s already been a part of Y-Combinator and sold his first company to Amazon. After that experience, he turned his sights to cannabis. Seeing an opportunity to disrupt incumbents like RVR, CannaCraft, and Indus, Vince and his team built a low-cost, tech-based solution for cannabis brands. In less than 2 years, they’ve built a network to cover the entire state, have dozens of top level brands (like Canndescent, California Dreamin, and Flower Co), and are one of the fastest growing distributors in California. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Vince of Nabis!
In this week’s episode, Brandon welcomes Matt Nordgren, CEO of Arcadian Fund to the show. Matt and his team have deployed capital in some of the premier cannabis companies, including Meadow, Kush Bottles, Treez, Wurk, BDS Analytics, and Baker. Arcadian focused exclusively on ancillary companies in Fund 1, but as Matt gears up for Fund 2, the focus will shift to plant touching. Brandon and Matt also dive deep into his team’s due diligence process, co-investing in cannabis, and what new trends he’s following in the industry. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Matt and Arcadian!
In this awesome new episode, Brandon welcomes Tahira Rehmatullah to the show. Tahira has quite the cannabis story. After starting at Privateer and running the Marley brand, Tahira is now managing director of Hypur Ventures and CFO of MTech, which just merged with MJ Freeway. Brandon and Tahira dive deep into the usage of SPAC's, the rise of cannabis M&A, and how she balances her life + mind as an operator and an investor in the cannabis industry. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Tahira!
Happy New Year's iC Fans! In this special year-end episode, Brandon chats with CEO Ross Lipson of the online delivery startup Dutchie. While the cannabis delivery wars are just heating up, Ross already has a previous exit in the food delivery space via GrubCanada. With this experience and a $3 million investment from VC firm Casa Verde Capital, Ross and his team are applying the lessons they learned from food delivery to the cannabis industry. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Ross and Dutchie!
In this amazing episode, Brandon sits down with Amy Ludlum, CEO of California Dreamin. Amy and her team went through Y Combinator, raised $2.3 million this year, and are building one of the hottest new cannabis beverage brands. With low-dosage and fast onset times as the newest trends, California Dreamin has created a low-dose delicious soda experience with an incredibly fast onset time. Instead of the normal 45 min to an hour waiting time, California Dreamin could be consumed just like an alcoholic beverage. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Amy of California Dreamin and the start of the cannabis beverage wars!
In this awesome episode, Brandon sits down with Tony Diepenbrock, CEO of the Flower Company. Tony and his team are building a Costco model for buying direct wholesale cannabis. With prices and taxes sky high in California, consumers are looking for a better, cheaper option. With Flower Company, you can buy a yearly membership and purchase large amounts of cannabis at 30-50% cheaper prices than retail. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Tony and the Flower Company!
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!