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Investing in Cannabis

Investing in Cannabis tells the stories of the founders and investors in the fastest growing industry in the United States, cannabis. Hosted by Brandon David.

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E050 - Prop 64 with Alex Zavell of Robert Raich

In this special episode before the election, we interview senior regulatory analyst and cannabis expert Alex Zavell of Robert Raich. Brandon and Alex dive deep into the ballot measure Prop 64 and the ramifications and implications that adult use legalization will have on California. This episode is packed with actionable info for cannabis business owners, aspiring founders, and investors. Tune in, listen up, get acquainted

46mins

7 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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Building Software for Cannabis + Raising Money During Corona w/ Flourish CEO Colton Griffin

On this week’s exciting new episode, Brandon chats with CEO Colton Griffin of Flourish Software about the ever-evolving world of seed to sale software in cannabis. Flourish helps operators across the cannabis supply chain manage their operations more efficiently and compliantly. Colton and his team began the Flourish journey about 3 years ago, and since then they’ve grown to over 30 employees with customers deployed across more than 15 different states. The market for cannabis software has shifted of late, with more industry consolidation, companies scaling to new states and countries, and a renewed focus on efficiency amidst the corona pandemic. Brandon and Colton dive deep into the impacts of corona on their business and their customers bottom-line. From lowering their burn rate to more remote implementations, Flourish has had to adjust to the new normal just like their customers. Learn why Flourish is still thriving, how the landscape of capital raising has shifted, and why the coronavirus pandemic won’t kill the cannabis industry. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Colton and Flourish Software! Want to Support Independent Cannabis Media? Want to promote your product or service to our audience of decision makers? Email hi@investingincannabis.tv

41mins

27 May 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 3: David Hua - CEO & Co-Founder of Meadow

In this episode we interview, David Hua, founder of Meadow. Meadow SF based startup that has an on-demand delivery service to connect patients with medical cannabis providers. Meadow also will send doctors to your house for in-home evaluations and recommendations. Brandon and Hua discuss merging technology with cannabis, his YCombinator experience, and what type of culture he wants to build at Meadow and in the industry.

23mins

30 Jul 2015

Rank #3

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OG Extraction Equipment Manufacturer Eden Labs on the transition to Hemp & CBD

On this week’s awesome new episode, Brandon chats with CEO AC Braddock of Eden Labs about the world of extraction, the extreme growth of hemp, and how coronavirus is affecting their business. Eden Labs was started back in 1994, and they’re one of the pioneers of various extraction processes and methods. AC took over the reins as CEO in 2009, and grew Eden into the extraction powerhouse it is today. Learn how Eden helps a multitude of cannabis and hemp companies deliver safe and efficient extractions utilizing a variety of methods including, CO2 and ethanol. Brandon and AC also dive deep into the astronomical growth of hemp extraction and how Eden has repositioned itself to handle this booming new business since the Farm Bill. In addition, they are raising capital soon (their first outside raise!) and AC delves into how to educate investors and build their confidence in investing in a non-typical startup. Lastly, they discuss the endless industry issues created by the coronavirus, the lack of SBA loans and banking for cannabis, and the likelihood of increased US legalization in the fall as the 2020 election approaches. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with AC and Eden Labs!Want to Support Independent Cannabis Media? Want to promote your product or service to our audience of decision makers? Email hi@investingincannabis.tv

40mins

20 May 2020

Rank #4

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E061 - George Zimmer

We're incredibly humbled to have the legendary George Zimmer on the show today! George is widely known as the founder and former CEO of The Men's Wearhouse. But what was less known until recently is his lifetime passion for cannabis.In this very insightful episode, George talks about what made him become a consumer of cannabis, and later on an activist and investor in the industry. He also shares about his time building and growing The Men's Wearhouse, and his new company, Generation Tux. Of course, Brandon and George also discuss Trump and what it means for the future of cannabis. Tune in for this exceptional episode, listen up and get acquainted!Follow iC:TWITTER: https://twitter.com/cannabispodFACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/iCwebshow/Learn More & Subscribe: http://investingincannabis.tv/Contact us with any questions, thoughts, ideas for our show here: investingincannabis@gmail.com

32mins

17 Feb 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 13: Debby Goldsberry, Legend of the Cannabis Industry

In this episode Brandon interviews Debby Goldsberry, the current Ambassador for Magnolia Wellness and a long-time cannabis activist and legend. Debby also co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group and is a professor of Patient Relations at Oaksterdam University. Brandon and Debby discuss a wide range of topics, including her early activist days, the current cannabis legalisation movement, and the pros and cons of delivery v the dispensary experience.

1hr 4mins

8 Oct 2015

Rank #6

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Episode 5: Yoni Ofir - Founder of Leaf

In this episode we interview, Yoni Ofir, founder of Leaf. Leaf is an automated, smartphone controlled, cannabis growing system. Yoni is already a successful founder who sold his first company, Alcohoot, 2 years ago. Born in California, but raised in Israel, Yoni’s experiences are wide-ranging, even compared to today’s startup founders. Brandon and Yoni discuss the Leaf story and early adopter program, fundraising rounds and vice clauses, fighting for equality in cannabis, and the Israeli cannabis culture.

36mins

13 Aug 2015

Rank #7

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Episode 11: Poseidon Asset Management

In this episode Brandon interviews Morgan and Emily Paxhia, the brother-sister co-founders of Poseidon Asset Management. Founded in late 2013, their cannabis hedge fund has quite the portfolio of investments. These investments include: @MassRoots, @GetMeadow, @FlowHubCo, @Surnainc, and a new investment in Headset. Brandon, Morgan, and Emily dive deep into the difficulties of investing in cannabis startups, some crazy applications of hemp, and the social stigma of working and using cannabis.

56mins

23 Sep 2015

Rank #8

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iC News - 10.21.19 w/ Betsy Kabaker

This week, marketing guru Betsy Kabaker lends a hand to iC news. Betsy has shaped the marketing and social media strategy for many of our favorite brands including; Garden Society, Somatik, Mighty Health, MJ Lifestyle Magazine, Jetty Extracts, Harvest, and many more. Betsy is particularly good at helping cannabis brands tell their story. Betsy & Brandon get into a heated discussion about how women succeed in cannabis, the pitfalls of cannabis marketing, and the continued corporatization of cannabis. Hear from an expert, who’s entrenched in the industry everyday. Learn how one of the best navigates this crazy industry as a young female. It’s a fascinating perspective we in the investment community don’t hear often enough! Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Betsy and another episode of iC News!Support for this episode comes from NorCal Cannabis Company, the most complete cannabis ecosystem in California. As the number one delivery network in the state, NorCal Cannabis makes more than 2,000 delivery transactions daily. And has the reach to serve 10 million customers - in person - within 60 minutes. This isn’t food delivery....this is cannabis! To learn more, visit: “www.thefutureofcannabis.com” for more details.Want to Support Independent Cannabis Media? Want to promote your product or service to our audience of decision makers? Email hi@investingincannabis.tv

1hr 8mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Chuck Rifici - Cannabis King of Canada

On this episode, Brandon welcomes the legendary Chuck Rifici of Nesta Holding Company. As the former co-founder/CEO of Canopy Growth, Chuck has had his finger on the pulse of cannabis in Canada for a number of years. His newest venture, Nesta, has put money into many different startups including Cannabis Wheaton, Feather, Tokyo Smoke, and Wikileaf. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with one of the best founders + investors in the cannabis industry!

46mins

25 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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Evan Eneman of Casa Verde Capital

In this episode, Brandon interviews the man that Snoop Dogg trusts with his money, Evan Eneman of Casa Verde Capital. Casa Verde has invested in Eaze, Merry Jane, and Leaflink. In addition, Evan and his team have built out more services and partnerships for their portfolio companies including ELLO and Flowershop CA to help support the finance and marketing needs of their investments. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with one of the top investors in the cannabis industry!

50mins

14 Aug 2017

Rank #11

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How to Build a Family of Craft Cannabis Brands

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!

1hr 2mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 10: David Lampach, the co-founder and CEO of Steep Hill Labs

In this episode Brandon interviews David Lampach, the co-founder and CEO of Steep Hill Labs. Steep Hill is the country’s leading cannabis science and technology firm. Since opening their first commercial cannabis lab in 2008, Steep Hill has grown immensely. They now have labs in CA, WA, CO, and NV with plans for expansion into NM and OR very soon. Brandon and David will dive into why testing cannabis is so important for consumers, medical v recreational cannabis differences, and the many new products coming out of their R&D lab including the QuantaCann and the GenKit.

33mins

16 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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The World of Cannabis Distribution

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!

37mins

3 Sep 2018

Rank #14

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Ryan Smith of LeafLink

In this episode, Brandon welcomes founder Ryan Smith of LeafLink to the show. Ryan was the first cannabis founder on the Forbes 30 under 30 in 2016. He also just raised $10 million to expand LeafLink to California. LeafLink helps brands and retailers streamline their processes, and in November 2017 they handled $16 million in transactions on their platform. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with one of the most impressive founders in the cannabis industry.

44mins

11 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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CEO Matt Nordgren of Arcadian Fund

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!

43mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Jigar Patel of NorCal Cannabis

In this awesome new episode, Brandon heads to NorCal Cannabis to interview their President, Jigar Patel. Jigar and his team have raised over $76 million so far to fund their large scale cultivation, delivery network, and overall vertical integration. Brandon and Jigar dive into the difficulty of scaling efficiently, hiring quickly, and how Jigar's role has shifted as NorCal has grown. Learn from one of the largest operators in California and one of the coolest executives in cannabis today. Tune in, listen up, and get acquainted with Jigar and NorCal Cannabis!

43mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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Joel Milton of Baker

In this episode, Brandon welcomes founder Joel Milton of Baker to the show to talk about how his company is changing the way dispensaries do business. With their platform of products now in almost 500 dispensaries and their recent raise of $3.5 million, Baker is poised to become a fixture in the dispensary space for years. Brandon and Joel dive deep into fundraising, dispensary technology, and lessons he's learned as a founder. Don't forget, this week is New West Summit in Oakland! Use code "ic" for 50% off tickets and come see our host Brandon on Saturday the 14th! Tune in, listen up, get acquainted.

41mins

10 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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CEO Alan Gertner of Tokyo Smoke

In this episode, Brandon welcomes CEO Alan Gertner of Tokyo Smoke to talk about building an upscale brand in cannabis. From coffee shops to clothing to their signature line of cannabis accessories, this brand is growing quickly and pushing the limits on what it means to build an elevated cannabis brand. Learn all about building a company and a brand from a founder doing it right now! Tune in, listen up, get acquainted!

38mins

10 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Biggest Cannabis Firm Privateer on Why The US is Losing Globally

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!

52mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #20