Sun, 19 May 2019
Ep 264 - This Groundbreaking Biotech Developments Are Revolutionizing Cannabis And Beyond - with Cameron Keluche of KelSie Biotech and SUM Microdose
Incredible biotech developments are starting to bring new and exciting products to the cannabis market that would have seemed like science fiction just a few years ago.
Here to tell us about it is Cameron Keluche, founder and CEO of sublingual cannabis tablet company SUM Microdose and president and CEO of KelSie Biotech, an innovation and intellectual property holding company in Boulder, CO.
In this episode, Cameron shares with us a breakdown of KelSie’s “Bubble Drying” technology and how it’s quickly revolutionizing both the pharmaceutical and cannabis industries.
Sun, 12 May 2019
Most entrepreneurs create a product or service before determining ways to build a customer base, but Drake Sutton-Shearer has taken a different route.
Currently generating over 2 million unique visitors a month, Drake’s new cannabis content distribution network PRØHBTD allows him to market his own products while simultaneously bridging the gap between cannabis and mainstream culture.
In this episode, Drake shares with us how PRØHBTD’s unique business model uses entertainment to broaden the cannabis niche and create a diverse group of informed, loyal customers.
Learn more at https://prohbtd.com
Sun, 5 May 2019
Making dispensary customers feel welcome and informed the moment they walk into the store is vital, and the company that knows how to do this best is Seed Technology.
Providing dispensaries with educational kiosks that help inform customers, Seed creates a customer experience that results in bigger purchases and repeat buyers.
In this episode, Seed CEO Matt Cutone shares with us the incredible return on investment Seed is providing dispensaries across the US and gives us his insights on the future of interactive kiosks.
Learn more at http://www.getseed.io
Sun, 28 April 2019
Widely known as the "Guru of Ganja,” Ed Rosenthal is a leading cannabis horticulture authority, author, educator, and legalization pioneer.
He’s the most renowned cannabis cultivator in the world and has authored numerous books on the topic, including Marijuana Grower’s Handbook (which Oaksterdam University uses as their cultivation textbook to this day) as well as his newest book, Marijuana Garden Saver.
In this episode, Ed shares his advice to growers looking to achieve the perfect grow and discusses new and exciting discoveries in cultivation like creating cannabis compounds with yeast - a topic we recently discussed on the show with Kevin Chen of Hyasynth Bio.
Learn more at https://www.edrosenthal.com
Sun, 21 April 2019
Ep 260 - How Fleur Marché Is Converting The CBD-Curious Luxury Customer with Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder
As cannabis continues to skyrocket and make its way into other industries, more and more entrepreneurs are looking to jump in.
But with CBD only just entering the mainstream, how do startups determine their ideal customers and then - even more difficult - win them over?
Enter Ashley Lewis and Meredith Schroeder, former directors at Goop and co-founders of online startup and “cannabis apothecary” Fleur Marché.
Inspired by cannabis' many health benefits, Ashley and Meredith set out on a mission to bring this powerful ingredient to the beauty and wellness arena, providing a carefully-selected curation of the best cannabis products for canna-curious luxury customers.
In this episode, Ashley and Meredith share an inside look at Fleur Marché and give us some tips on how entrepreneurs should go about finding (and then converting) their correct target market.
Learn more at https://fleurmarche.com
Sun, 14 April 2019
Ep 259 - Traditional Investors Are Planting Their Flags In Cannabis - with Codie Sanchez of Cresco Capital Partners
Pioneer investors with more traditional backgrounds in finance are beginning to plant their flags firmly and confidently in the cannabis space, and here to tell us about this is Codie Sanchez.
Codie is a managing partner at Cresco Capital Partners, a private equity fund in the legalized cannabis space. She previously lead First Trust’s Latin America Investment business and held positions at Goldman Sachs, State Street, and Vanguard.
In this episode, Codie shares her insights on the future of cannabis and some invaluable advice for traditional investors looking to enter the industry.
Learn more at https://www.crescocapitalpartners.com.
Sun, 7 April 2019
Ep 258 - Families Are Turning To Cannabis To Treat Their Children’s Cancer - with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein of Weed The People
While we usually talk about the business realm of cannabis here on CannaInsider, in this episode we’re going to take a deep dive into medical marijuana and how it’s being used to better the lives of an increasing number of patients - specifically children.
Here to discuss this growing movement are Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake, makers of the 2018 documentary Weed The People in which Abby and Ricki follow a number of families that are turning to cannabis to treat their cancer-stricken children.
In this episode, Abby and Ricki share the ways in which medical marijuana is beginning to save lives and why it’s essential we overcome the political and legislative obstacles inhibiting cannabis from joining commercial healthcare.
Learn more at https://www.cannainsider.com/wtp
Sun, 31 March 2019
We knew it wouldn’t be long before the cannabis industry started taking market share from the wine and spirits industry, and here to showcase that trend is Chip Forsythe, CEO of Rebel Coast Winery.
Founded in 2013, this California winery is making a major splash with its alcohol-removed, THC-infused wine - a beverage that offers a very different kind of buzz (and skips the hangover).
In this episode, Chip shares a behind-the-scenes look at the meticulous process involved in creating cannabis wine, Rebel Coast’s plans for the future, and his insights on where the cannabis beverage market is headed in the next few years.
Learn more at https://rebelcoast.com
Sun, 24 March 2019
With business models from other industries quickly making their way into the cannabis industry, TILT Holdings is aiming to become the swiss army knife of business-to-business offerings in the cannabis space.
A vertically-integrated infrastructure and technology platform, TILT Holdings delivers contract manufacturing, distribution, hardware, and software for over 1,500 retailers and brands throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
In this episode, TILT Holdings CEO Alex Coleman shares with us an in-depth look at the goings-on at TILT, shares his insights on the future of cannabis, and provides some invaluable advice on how to navigate the cannabis B2B market.
Learn more at https://www.tiltholdings.com.
Sun, 17 March 2019
With the cannabis market projected to hit $31 billion by 2021, it’s easy to feel like the industry has simply taken on its own momentum.
However, what most people don’t know is that there’s a group of investors called The Arcview Group that funds the very companies we’ll be reading about in the headlines 1-2 years from now.
In this episode, founder and CEO of Arcview Troy Dayton gives us an in-depth look at the goings-on at Arcview, shares his insights on the future of cannabis, and provides some invaluable advice for those looking to take the plunge.
Learn more at https://arcviewgroup.com
Sun, 10 March 2019
Can small-scale craft cannabis survive against huge corporations and the big ad practices they’re introducing to North America?
Here to help us answer that is Ryan Stoa, Associate Professor at Concordia University School of Law and author of "Craft Weed: Family Farming and the Future of the Marijuana Industry."
In this episode, Ryan argues the need to keep cannabis “more craft beer than Anheuser-Busch” and proposes a Marijuana Appellation system that would support a sustainable, local, and artisanal farming model within the U.S.
Learn more at http://ryanstoa.com
Sun, 3 March 2019
With the recent global surge in industrial hemp, scientists are moving into the hemp and cannabis space to provide cultivators the technologies and best practices of other industries.
Helping lead the movement is Dr. Jon Vaught, CEO and founder of Front Range Biosciences, an agricultural biotechnology company that specializes in tissue culture cloning for cannabis and other high-value crops.
In this episode, Dr. Jon shares how Front Range Biosciences is revolutionizing cloning methods to not only produce robust, healthy plants but also create new varieties that could disrupt the dietary and pharmaceutical industries.
Learn more at https://www.frontrangebio.com
Sun, 24 February 2019
American cannabis companies are starting to go public in Canada, using the fresh capital to further fuel their growth.
One of these companies is Dixie Brands Inc., one of the most recognized consumer brands with a portfolio of over 100 products across more than 15 different product categories.
In this episode, Dixie CEO Chuck Smith shares his insight on the future of cannabis and discusses the company’s goals to become the leading global consumer packaged goods company in cannabis.
Learn more at http://dixieelixirs.com
Sun, 17 February 2019
Michael Kadonoff is the Founder and CEO of Braingrid. Braingrid allows any non-technical person to hang little devices around your grow room and immediately start collecting data about your grow. Including temperature, humidity, CO2 and more. Learn how growers are harnessing this data to build the grow rooms of the future today.
– Michael’s background as an inventor and at GE
– What growers think they know about their garden is actually not wrong but incomplete
– How Braingrid’s Sentroller collects data and presents that data as insights
– Will this system increase your yield or your efficiency
– Preventing mold and equipment failure
– Creating redundancy in your grow
– Traceability and health compliance
– Michael’s favorite book and tool
Sun, 10 February 2019
With the worldwide cannabis market projected to hit $32 billion by 2022, better training and information sharing will be paramount for industry newcomers in the years ahead.
Enter Oaksterdam University, widely known as the Harvard of Cannabis.
Since 2007, Oaksterdam has been the forerunner in providing the highest quality training offered in the cannabis industry and the first institution to address the growing needs of the marijuana movement, from patients to regulators. Such a focus has established Oaksterdam University as the first and only cannabis college with a comprehensive curriculum in cannabis business and horticulture.
In this episode, Oaksterdam Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones joins us to share everything the university has to offer for those looking to achieve success in the cannabis industry.
Learn more at https://oaksterdamuniversity.com
Sun, 3 February 2019
Extraction is considered the most profitable segment of the cannabis industry, but what if we’ve been thinking about extraction all wrong?
Is it really necessary to use large CO2 or butane extraction systems when there’s a way to extract oil from hemp and cannabis using just air?
In this episode, Vapor Distilled Founder and CEO Russell Thomas explains how this revolutionary, all-natural extraction method produces stronger, ultra-pure oil.
Learn more at http://www.vapordistilled.com
Sun, 27 January 2019
WAYV is an automated, on-demand supply chain logistics platform serving California’s exploding Cannabis industry. The technology streamlines the traditional B2B process, including transport, sales, and payment through a one-stop website that integrates regulatory and compliance checks. WAYV serves as a transparent, efficient tracking and compliance platform that surpasses the fulfillment experience of non-cannabis markets in today’s on-demand world.
In this episode, WAYV founder and CEO Keith McCarty shares how WAYV is revolutionizing e-commerce in the industry to become the “Amazon of Cannabis.”
Learn more at https://www.wayv.com
Sun, 20 January 2019
Only a few months after leaving MillerCoors where he invented the company’s wildly popular Blue Moon brand, Keith Villa launched Ceria Brewing Company to embark on new territory: cannabis-infused non-alcoholic craft beer.
A spin on Blue Moon’s Belgian-style white ale, Keith’s new beer, “Grainwave,” is a medium-bodied ale with blood orange peel and 5mg of THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis.
In this episode, Keith shares the goings on at Ceria Brewing Company, the variety of “sensations” his new line of craft beers have to offer, and his insights on the booming edibles industry.
Learn more at https://www.ceriabrewing.com
Sun, 13 January 2019
A firefighter out of college, Cody Shirk’s expertise in finance is self-taught.
Today he’s a full-time investor and the founder of Explorer Equity Group (EEG), a global alternative asset manager that works to capitalize on investment opportunities off-the-beaten-path.
With investments in industry household names including Kush Bottles and Regulated Solutions, Cody’s latest non-mainstream investments lie in - you guessed it - cannabis.
In this episode, Cody shares his insights on the future of cannabis and advice for both entrepreneurs and investors looking to break into the industry.
Follow Cody at https://www.explorerequity.com/canna
- Cody’s background in investing and how he came to start Explorer Equity Group and Explorer Partnership
- Ongoing propaganda against cannabis and how the industry is working to improve public perception
- The cannabis businesses Cody has invested in thus far, including Kush Bottles and Regulated Solutions
- What Cody looks for when investing in cannabis businesses and his advice to startups seeking funding
- Cody’s outlook on startup investment and the price of cannabis over the next 1-2 years
- Asia and South America’s developing economies and the exciting investment opportunities within
- Cody’s tips on how entrepreneurs should go about approaching investors as well as ways investors can determine the best entrepreneurs to get behind
Sun, 6 January 2019
The cannabis industry is projected to hit $31 billion by 2021, and with its growing demand comes a desperate need for scalability.
Enter Jon Gowa, founder and CEO of Bloom Automation, LLC, a Boston-based company revolutionizing the way we harvest marijuana through robotics and automation.
Designed to “trim with the precision of a human, but the efficiency of a machine,” Bloom Automation’s robots use smart optics and proprietary algorithms to increase efficiency and cut production costs - an enticing proposition to the next generation of cultivation.
In this episode, Jon shares a little about the goings on at Bloom Automation and the importance of robotics to the future of cannabis.
- Jon’s background in robotics engineering and how he came to be founder and CEO of Bloom Automation, LLC
- The benefits of robotics and problems the industry is working to resolve
- The ins and outs of Bloom Automation and the technological solutions it provides the cannabis industry
- Price versus ROI and the increased production rates cannabis business owners and cultivators are witnessing thanks to Bloom Automation
- The 2-3 days of training required for new operators
- Challenges Jon is working to overcome during the company’s beta development phase
- Jon’s outlook on the future of robotics in the cannabis industry
To learn more, visit: https://www.bloomautomation.com