In this week’s episode, Brandon welcomes vaping expert Arnaud Dumas de Rauly of The Blinc Group to the show. Arnaud and his team have extensive experience in the world of cannabis and nicotine vaping. They started the Blinc Group to help cannabis vaporizer companies build innovative products, test them through real distribution channels, and then help them fundraise to scale their businesses. The current class, including VapeXhale and the RYAH, spend 6 months with the Blinc Group testing and refining their products while building out their distribution channels. This fascinating discussion also dives deep into C Cells v 510 threads, the paradigm shift of pod vapes like the PAX, and why the dual tank system may change the way everyone vapes. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the world of vaping!
In this week's episode, Brandon welcomes Mark Breen of Leafbuyer to the show to discuss the fascinating world of online cannabis deals. As Groupon has shown, this concept has value. But in cannabis, issues like legality of selling THC products online, driving traffic using traditional marketing challenges, and lack of customer trackability are rampant. Learn how Mark and his team have navigated these challenges and raised capital in the public markets for Leafbuyer. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!
In this episode, Brandon sits down with Claudio Miranda of Guild Enterprises to learn how they built a family of craft cannabis brands. Featuring a top 5 concentrates brand, genetics, seeds, flowers, and retail stores, the Guild brand is a staple of California cannabis. Learn how Claudio thinks about distribution, the coming industry shift to lower potency/higher flavor, raising capital/going public in Canada, and the common red flags he sees from cannabis brands currently. Tune in, listen up, get acquainted!
In this special episode, Brandon sat down with partner Christian Groh of Privateer Holdings. Privateer is a PE (private equity) firm that just raised a $100 million Series C and is the biggest investor in the cannabis industry! With an early investment from Peter Thiel, Privateer has become the gold standard of investing in cannabis. They own 4 entities, Leafly, Tilray, the Marley Brand, and The Goodship and have hit some incredible milestones with these brands. Learn about Christian's investment process, why control is important for cannabis investments, and why the US is losing globally to Canada, Europe, and South America. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!
In this episode, Brandon learns about the future of home infusion of oils from founder Chrissy Bellman of LEVO Oil. Chrissy and her team have created a beautiful new device and experience for people who enjoy infusing and cooking edibles at home. Like most founders, Chrissy had a vision. She saw this new device category in her mind and relentlessly pursued it with passion until it worked. She traveled to China and learned how to source hardware, masterfully capped her pre-orders at 1,000 units, and built her a new device category against all odds. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Chrissy, LEVO, and the future of home infusion!
On this episode, Brandon welcomes Jody Hall of The Goodship to the show. Jody has created one of the premier edibles brands in the cannabis industry, and her company was recently acquired by Privateer! With deep roots in the world of Starbucks, and experience starting/building Cupcake Royale, Jody had a vision and brought a world-class food experience to the cannabis edibles market. Learn how Jody and her team built this amazing brand, created the "TED talk for cannabis", and how they plan to rule the market in California. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Jody and The Goodship!
In this episode, Brandon welcome CEO Kyle Sherman of Flowhub to the show to discuss compliance, METRC, API’s, seed to sale, delivery, crypto, and how his role as CEO has changed over time. Flowhub is one of the premier compliance companies focused on the cannabis supply chain. With total investment of $3.8 million from Poseidon, Phyto Partners, and others, Flowhub is ready to tackle it’s next challenge: the California market. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Flowhub and the new world of cannabis compliance!
In this episode, Brandon welcomes CEO Nick Kovacevich of Kush Bottles to the show. Since 2010, Nick and his team have built Kush Bottles into a publicly traded powerhouse of the cannabis industry. KSHB provides everything from vape carts to packaging and labels for cannabis businesses. Since retaking the reins as CEO in 2014, Nick and his team have raised over $10 million in equity and executed almost $30 million in stock acquisitions. While politics aren’t his passion, Nick believes that 2018 will be the year that cannabis becomes a core wedge issue in American politics. Lastly, Nick prefers flower and if you want to join his awesome team check out careers.kushbottles.com/. Tune in, listen up, get acquainted!
Have you ever wanted to invest in cannabis? Larry Schnurmacher of Phyto Partners is a former Wall Street wealth manager who became one of the top VC's in the cannabis industry with investments in Leaf, Baker, Flowhub, Steep Hill, Front Range Biosciences, Leaflink and many more. Learn how he evaluates founders, companies, and decide where to deploy capital. He and his team are raising their 2nd fund now, so if you're a founder out there looking to raise capital from an experienced VC make sure you reach out to Larry. Tune in, listen up, get acquainted!
Does cannabis cure cancer? Maybe. To better understand the real medical power of cannabis, Brandon sat down to speak with Dr. Donald Abrams of UCSF. Dr. Abrams has been researching the cannabis plant for 2 decades, and shared some fascinating info regarding cannabis studies and clinical trials. From studying how cannabis impacts HIV to how cannabis effects opioid use, Dr. Abrams and his colleagues have been at the forefront of cannabis research since the late 1990's. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with the research behind your favorite plant!