Shareef El-Sissi of Eden Enterprises

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In this episode, Brandon sits down with Shareef El-Sissi of Eden Enterprises to discuss how he helped build Eden and Treez into 2 powerhouse brands in cannabis. Shareef and his team run one of the most profitable + high volume dispensaries on the West Coast with their Eden location in Hayward. Eden also has their own consumer brands, distribution, and cultivation built out. As an SSO (single state operator) in California, Eden is now raising their next round to help grow into a truly scaled and vertically integrated brand. Learn how Shareef balances his time building Eden and Treez, his fascinating origin story with the CEO John of Treez, and why current California regulations have led to lower quality cannabis for consumers. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Shareef of Eden!


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Narbe Alexandrian of Canopy Rivers

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In this week's episode, Brandon sits down with Narbe Alexandrian of Canopy Rivers to discuss how the VC arm of Canopy Growth operates. Narbe and his team have made more than 14 investments, ranging from data analytics to beverage brands to premium cultivators and international licensees. He and his team sift through hundreds of deals per month and they focus heavily on repeat founders who are coachable. Learn how Narbe thinks about deals, his personal story, and why Canopy Rivers is needed alongside Canopy Growth. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted!


Special thanks to Heffernan Insurance Brokers for supporting independent media. Learn how to protect your growing business with a completely free conversation with Marshall or Tanner! Email them directly at iC@Heffins.com

CEO John Yang of Treez

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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!

Nabis: Bringing Technology to Cannabis Distribution

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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!

CEO Matt Nordgren of Arcadian Fund

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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!

CFO, Investor, and Operator - Tahira Rehmatullah

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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!

Delivery with Dutchie

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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!

Amy Ludlum of California Dreamin

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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!

The Costco Model of Cannabis: Flower Company

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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!

Mazakali: Supporting Founders with Finance

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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!