Category Archives: Podcasts

JB and Bear on Navigating the Travel Dining Scene and Business Lunches

In this special “all killer, no filler” edition of #HashtagFinance, Barrington Miller (2X Ontario Chili Cook-Off Champ) joins James Black (habitual eater, and sometimes host) to discuss their eating experiences as frequent business travellers and share some “pro tips” for dining on the road. A full plate is served on this episode including:

– Barrington’s recent food experience in Colombia, the 60-year-old food stand, and the world’s best fruit (NOT apples)
– Where the world’s best shawarma is located (hint – not in Canada!)
– James’ warning about very late-night eating situations
– How to navigate the dicey food scene at Miami International Airport
– Bear’s discovery (and description) of grits in Charleston South Carolina
– Where the best fried chicken can be located in North Carolina
– Special feature – “Where’s Lunch??” in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto
– Barrington and James’ thoughts on when you can/should eat breakfast
– A special plea for the restaurant community in Toronto

Listen until the end to get pro tips, including:

1. What to do when you don’t see anyone in a restaurant
2. Why you need to fly into, or out of LaGuardia, and NOT Newark Liberty International
3. How to beat long line-ups for good food

Bon appetit!

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Margot Micallef on Building a Wellness Brand Through Passion and Experience

Margot Micallef sat down with Barrington Miller to discuss her company, Gabriella’s Kitchen, including what she did when she was fired from her high profile communications job (2:00), how cannabis become a key ingredient at Gabriella’s Kitchen (6:43), and why they are applying a consumer packaged goods business model (14:08). Listen until the end to hear about Margot’s favourite product, the company’s recent (and over-subscribed) financing, and the five-year outlook for the company!

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Andrew Berman on What Quality, Trust, and Choice Mean in Cannabis

Harborside CEO Andrew Berman sat down with James Black to share the origins of the company and its founder Steve DeAngelo (1:12), his thoughts on the importance of “clean cannabis” (6:45), and the traits of a premium cannabis product (9:30). Listen until the end to learn more about Andrew’s brief life in politics, Harborside’s success in fighting federal government over civil forfeiture, and his predictions around relaxing cannabis advertising standards.

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Mark Bunting on the Constant Evolution of Financial News Media

Mark Bunting, President of Capital Ideas, dropped into the #HashtagFinance studio to chat with Grace Pedota and share his favourite podcasts and thoughts on the format for financial interviews (1:15), observations on what’s next in financial news media (5:12), and play a game of financial “word blurt” (a #HashtagFinance first at 10:43). Listen until the end to learn about his most interesting interviews, his thoughts on the Beyond Meat IPO, the cannabis sector, and blockchain stocks!

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Rosy Mondin on the Hard Road to Cannabis Legalization in Canada

Rosy Mondin, CEO of Quadron Cannatech (CSE:PUMP), sat down with Grace Pedota to share her story as a reformed lawyer and cannabis advocate and how her experience and passion led to the origin of Quadron Cannatech (3:00), the role she has played as a champion for cannabis within the tiers of Canadian government (9:30), and the circumstances that led her to build the “Boss” extractor (12:00). Listen until the end to hear Rosy’s plans for vape pens, hemp extraction, and the introduction of the “Big Boss” extractor!

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Alex Tapscott on his Unshakeable Belief in the Blockchain Revolution

Author and Co-Founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, Alex Tapscott, sat down with James Black to discuss the origins of writing “Blockchain Revolution” with his father, Don Tapscott (0:45), the gut feeling that led him to leave his career in institutional sales (3:00), the resiliency and viability of bitcoin (8:45), and the role security token offerings (STOs) will play in venture financing (14:30). Listen until to end to hear Alex’s thoughts on how Tesla could utilize security tokens, his experience launching the inaugural Blockchain Revolution Global conference, and his perspective on how technology will impact his child’s future.

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Traci Costa on Leveraging Digital Innovation to Grow a Children’s Clothing Brand

Peekaboo Beans (CSE:BEAN) CEO, Traci Costa, sat down with Grace Pedota to talk about her lifestyle children’s clothing brand and how they recently pivoted to an omni-channel distribution model (1:00), while also discussing the network effect of social retailing (3:15), and utilizing technology to bring a brand to life (7:00). Listen until the end to hear Traci’s personal story on why she started the business, the importance of speaking to, and learning from other women entrepreneurs, and her advice for ANYONE starting a new business.

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Roger Dent on Small Caps and the Perfect Marriage Between Cannabis and Public Markets

Quinsam Capital CEO (and Harvard Business School graduate) Roger Dent sat down with Grace Pedota to discuss his love of small cap stocks and his career analyzing and investing in this asset class over the past 30 years. In this discussion, Roger shares the distinctions between companies that should go public versus those that should raise venture capital, why cannabis companies have been a perfect fit in the public markets, and his initial impressions of Canopy Growth as an investment opportunity, and why he thinks going public has been a major contributor to their success. Listen until the end to hear why he steered Quinsam Capital 100% into cannabis, why he believes there’s still a lot of investment potential in the sector, and his take on the burgeoning eSports space.

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Special Presentation: Security Token Offerings (STOs) at Blockchain Revolution Global

This special presentation from the Blockchain Revolution Global Conference in April 2019 is brought to you by the CSE – Canadian Securities Exchange. This conversation between CSE CEO Richard Carleton and Blockstation CTO Jai Waterman, with hosting duties by CSE’s James Black, dives into the world of Security Token Offerings (STOs) and how the industry will deliver this necessary evolution in equity capital markets. Highlights from the discussion include an interactive example of how transactions work on blockchain (3:45), the critical differences between ICOs and STOs (8:15), and the disastrous consequences of the paper generated in today’s financial system. (26:45). Listen to the entire presentation to hear about the 10 problems in today’s equity capital markets that can be solved with STOs and how the CSE is creating an exchange-based solution to deliver STOs to the investing public.

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Jack Bensimon on the Benefits of STOs in a Post-Quadriga World

Jack Bensimon, Managing Director of Black Swan Diagnostics, sat down with Barrington Miller to draw the distinctions between blockchain and digital currency (0:45), the practicalities of security token offerings (STOs) as a vehicle to raise global capital (4:45), and the importance of having regulated exchanges that offer investor protections and liquidity (8:30). Listen to the entire episode to hear why Jack predicts STOs, real-estate, and fractionalization will be the common themes around blockchain five years from now (14:15).

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