Paul Duffy, President of NexTech AR Solutions Corp. (CSE:NTAR), joins Barrington Miller to discuss the practical applications of “ARitizing” products into the augmented reality space using the NexTech platform (1:01), the differences between augmented reality and virtual reality (4:44), and how augmented reality is fundamentally changing the way people shop (12:51). Listen until the end to learn about Paul’s personal experiences with augmented reality, what’s next for AR in entertainment, and his opinions on how AR may impact social interaction within the next five years.
Alex Freedman from the LA Department of Cannabis Regulation joins Barrington Miller for the inaugural #HashtagFinance Skype interview. This educational discussion focuses on the topic of ‘social equity’, including a definition of the term as it relates to the cannabis sector (2:00), how social equity works to have a positive impact on those negatively impacted by the “War on Drugs” (4:50), and the differences and similarities between social equity programs in Northern and Southern California (11:35). Listen until the end to learn about the challenges and opportunities facing community reinvestment from successful investee companies, navigating the long-term impact of social equity, and the growing demand for social equity mandates from cannabis investors!
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
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!
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).
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.
Blockstation’s Jai Waterman sat down with Barrington Miller to discuss the inherent flaws of initial coin offerings (ICOs) (3:30), how his team is working hard to evolve the capabilities of stock exchanges by introducing blockchain-enabled securities (8:45), and the promise of unparalleled security through security tokens (15:15). Listen until the end to hear Jai’s thoughts on how traditionally illiquid assets (e.g. publishing rights) can achieve liquidity with the help of blockchain technology, and Blockstation’s recent announcements with the Barbados and Jamaica Stock Exchanges.