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).
Caldwell Securities Vice President of Marketing, Elizabeth Naumovski, sat down with Grace Pedota to discuss her experience climbing Stromboli, an active volcano in Sicily (1:40), developing her own financial literacy show that was influenced from her fear of finance along with her experience of hosting various finance shows (10:18), and the lessons she learned growing up in an immigrant family that helped her to live a debt-free life (16:33). Listen until the end to learn more about Elizabeth’s nomination at the Wealth Professional Awards on May 30th, and how her love for educating others in finance influenced her to become a finalist.
Harvest Health and Recreation CEO Steve White sat down for the final #WeedWeek episode with Grace Pedota to discuss how his company created a cannabis retail experience that had never been seen before (1:45), the importance of opening employment opportunities for veterans, women, and minorities (5:00) and why the cannabis industry is populated by so many ex-lawyers (12:15). Listen to the entire episode to hear Steve’s insight into how the $850m acquisition Verano Holdings materialized.
DionyMed CEO Edward Fields sat down with Grace Pedota during #WeedWeek to chat about his experience in making the shift from the Silicon Valley technology world to the cannabis industry (1:00), the challenges and advantages of keeping pace with rapid regulatory changes and new laws (9:15), and defining the characteristics of the “canna curious” consumer (13:45). Listen until the end to hear Edward’s advice to young, cannabis startup entrepreneurs and how he was initially introduced to cannabis by his doctor to treat back pain.
Susan Ameel, Partner at Global Regulatory Risk Advisors LLC, recently sat down with Grace Pedota during #WeedWeek to highlight how her firm is leveraging technology to keep up with the rapidly evolving regulatory framework for cannabis (3:45), juxtapose the “.com” bubble with the current boom in cannabis (10:45), and outline the important balance of having regulation that doesn’t curb industry innovation (14:30). Listen until the end to hear Susan’s impression of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City and how she used to regularly swim to Canada from her home in Michigan!
#WeedWeek spills over into its second week! Arcadian Fund Founder and CEO Matt Nordgren sat down with Phillip Shum (ed. debut host!) to chat about his experience as a pro quarterback and his perspective on team building and investments (3:15), his funds’ criteria for cannabis investments (7:00), and defining the consumer opportunity in Cannabis (e.g. akin to the early days of Apple Computer) (15:00). Listen until the end of the pod to hear Matt’s thoughts on the use-case for cannabis for athletes, life-lessons learned as the star of “Most Eligible Dallas” and his seven-day challenge for all listeners and viewers!
Curaleaf CEO Joseph Lusardi recently sat down with Barrington Miller during #WeedWeek to discuss why vertical integration is integral to controlling the quality and consistency of their product (4:00), how Curaleaf’s biggest advantage might be in its boardroom (6:00), and how evolving legislation is helping America recover from the “war on drugs” (10:30). Listen to the entire podcast to hear why Joseph Lusardi defines himself as a “reluctant pioneer” of the cannabis industry and how the industry is evolving in “dog years”.
A #HashtagFinance first, Barrington Miller hosts a three-way conversation with Cresco Labs’ (CSE:CL) Charles Bachtell and Joe Caltabiano during #WeedWeek. Both gentlemen share the lessons they learned from a previous life in the mortgage industry (1:30), how they distinguish the differences between traditional and non-traditional cannabis consumers (3:45), and the thinking behind Cresco’s acquisition of Origin House (8:15). Listen until the end to lean about Charles’ appointment to the Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee of Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s transition team and the importance of social equity in state transitions from medical to recreational cannabis.
Industry “OG” and CEO of Dixie Brands, Chuck Smith, recently sat down with Barrington Miller as part of Public Entrepreneur’s #WeedWeek podcast series. In this discussion Chuck shares why Dixie decided to focus on infused products and stay away from farming and cultivation (3:15), how the early origins of the company in medical cannabis have been integral to their efforts to build a portfolio of recreational product offerings (7:30) and the recent launch of CBD products for dogs AND cats! Listen until the end to learn about Chuck’s pioneering work on the Cannabis Trade Federation, his thoughts on cannabis taxation (ed. more interesting than it sounds), and their “transformative” JV with Khiron Life Sciences in Latin America.
Billy Levy, President of SLANG Worldwide (CSE:SLNG) sat down with Barrington Miller to share his insights from the pioneering “boot camp” days with Mettrum Health (0:30), how he is defining the cannabis opportunity in terms of consumer branding and distribution (3:30), and the important reasons why SLANG does not operate as a retailer (7:00). Listen until the end to hear how SLANG is applying tried-and-true sales methodologies from “boring” industries and the (somewhat accidental) marketing magic that happened when SLANG’s products were advertised in LAX.