Ian Mclelland, CEO and Founder of Proactive Investors, joins James Black to discuss how he turned his investing blog into a global financial news business (2:01), what Proactive offers that goes beyond the range of traditional news media and how they maintain their broadcast standards (8:24), why it’s important to have a global footprint in the industry (14:06), and how they create mutually beneficial relationships with third party syndication sites (20:22). Listen until the end to learn how investor interests and preferred media format vary by region, why Proactive created their app, and for Ian’s advice to publicly-listed companies on maintaining visibility and building trust with shareholders.
Hadley Ford, CEO of iAnthus Capital Holdings, joined James Black after the iAnthus Market Open at the CSE Media Centre to discuss some of the firsts the company has achieved as an MSO in the cannabis space (4:11), how regulatory challenges in the US drive their strategy for branding and distribution (8:15), and his thoughts on the SAFE Banking Act, including how quickly he believes it will get through the Senate (14:37). Listen until the end to learn about the company’s mission to build a portfolio of iconic brands and delight their customers, for his opinion on the current vape ban in the US, and to hear why cannabis is a family business for him.
In this very special 50th episode of #HashtagFinance, CSE CEO Richard Carleton joins James Black as the podcast’s first-ever repeat guest to celebrate the CSE’s 15-year anniversary as a recognized exchange (1:02), to reflect on how the growth of the cannabis industry affected the evolution of the CSE (7:08), to discuss the upcoming expansion from junior exchange to an exchange that’s focused on a broader base of securities (12:48), and how it felt to ring the bell at the very first Market Open at the CSE Media Centre (24:10). Listen until the end to learn more about the culture and people who have helped the CSE achieve this milestone, why Richard loves coming into the office every day, for details on the new Media Centre, and to see what’s ahead for the CSE. Cheers to 15 years!
In this special episode of #HashtagFinance, Kevin Murphy, CEO and Founder of Acreage Holdings (CSE:ACRG.U), joins James Black to discuss what the upcoming House vote on the SAFE Banking Act could mean for US cannabis (2:44), how the growing acceptance of cannabis as a valid medicinal product has impacted the company (5:45), and the progress that has resulted from Acreage’s alignment with Canopy Growth (9:18). Listen until the end to learn more about the remaining challenges for cannabis in the US, for Kevin’s opinion on states’ rights, and to find out what’s ahead for Acreage in the next six months.
Neil Seeman, Founder and CEO of RIWI Corp. (CSE:RIW), joins James Black to discuss how RIWI generates actionable insights via global trend tracking and predictive analysis, or “big data” (1:26), the company’s efforts to track consumer sentiment in China (5:34), and the challenges and opportunities that come with being a publicly-listed technology company (14:43). Listen until the end to hear how they use machine learning to evaluate the veracity of their data, for Neil’s thoughts on the new reality of investing in the tech world, and to learn more about the “spicy chicken problem.”
Trevor Koverko, Founder and Chairman of Polymath Network, joins James Black to discuss the origins of the Polymath securities token platform (7:28), the various benefits tokenized securities can offer both issuers and investors (13:55), and why he believes staking tokens are the next big trend in crypto (28:11). Listen until the end to learn about the silent auction that spawned the first-ever Polycon in the Bahamas, and for details about Polymath’s latest blockchain technology project.
In his podcasting debut, Fabrice Taylor, Founder and Publisher of The President’s Club Investment Letter, joined James Black to discuss the origin of The President’s Club (2:56), the evolution of journalism and media (4:22), and some telltale signs that an investment may (or may not) be worth considering (12:28). Listen until the end to learn why he feels surprises are a good thing, the importance of having a strong network, and his recommendation on where to have lunch in Edmonton!
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
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.
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.