Welcome back to the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast. On this week’s episode, host James Black welcomes back Alex Tapscott, Co-Founder of the Blockchain Research Institute to talk about all things blockchain, decentralized finance, and Web3. This conversation is a natural extension from James and Alex’s conversation back in 2019 where Alex discussed the origins and practical implications of the ‘Blockchain Revolution’. Alex is now on the path to launching his new book “Web3: Charting the Internet’s Next Economic and Cultural Frontier” and he shares his viewpoints on the fall of FTX, Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse and how these failures relate to the world of decentralized finance and crypto.
About Blockchain Research Institute: The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is an independent, global think tank, dedicated to exploring and sharing knowledge about the strategic implications of blockchain on business, government, and society. Co-founded by Don and Alex Tapscott, BRI is funded by a consortium of international corporations and government agencies. The BRI’s latest program – Toward Web3: Digital Assets, Digital Transformation – is designed to assist our Members in understanding the potential uses and benefits of Web3 technologies, and to provide guidance on how to successfully integrate blockchain into their operations.
On this episode of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome back Bill Besenhofer, CEO of The Fresh Factory (CSE:FRSH). In this week’s conversation, we chat about the platform they have built to accelerate the growth of disruptive food and beverage brands that are vertically integrated from the farm to shelf.
The Fresh Factory strives to provide tangible answers to some profound questions facing modern consumers – how do we eat healthier? How do we do this at scale? How do we get better products on the shelves for ourselves and for our children? Delivering answers to these questions comes down to a shared vision across the value-chain of those participating in the food business AND a dedication to execution from the manufacturing-end to ensure safe, consistent and healthy products end-up on consumers tables. It’s not easy and Bill goes into detail as to how they are pulling it ALL together.
About The Fresh Factory: The Fresh Factory is a vertically integrated company focused on accelerating the growth of the fresh, clean-label, plant-based food and beverage brands of tomorrow. The Fresh Factory owns or partners with emerging brands in the plant-based space to develop, manufacture, and sell products made from fresh produce and recognizable ingredients. It operates from its centrally located manufacturing facility near Chicago, serving customers across the US. As a public benefits corporation, The Fresh Factory is ESG-focused, driven to make a lighter, greener impact on the environment and a stronger, positive impact on local communities and the food system as a whole.
It’s International Women’s Day! Join the Canadian Securities Exchange’s Anna Serin as she’s joined by CSE CFO Mary Anne Palangio and CSE CLO Tracey Stern for a special edition of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast.
In this episode, Mary Anne and Tracey share perspectives earned through their unique journeys in the Canadian Capital Markets, including the specific challenges and opportunities they see for women building their careers in the legal, finance, and accounting sectors.
On this week’s episode of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome back Todd Shapiro, CEO of Red Light Holland (CSE:TRIP). In this week’s conversation, we discuss why their stock symbol isn’t quite as representative of the company as it once was (or was meant to be) and “dig” into the things they are doing to diversify within the realm of mushrooms.
Red Light Holland is a company that originally found its platform around psychotropic (or hallucinogenic) truffles, specifically in the realm of microdosing. Now the company has expanded its business to the world of “exotic” mushrooms, and Todd explains why this movement beyond psychedelic mushrooms is part of a larger vision and passion to build a legacy business that can extend to future generations.
About Red Light Holland: Red Light Holland is an Ontario-based corporation engaged in the production, growth and sale of functional mushrooms and mushroom home grow kits in North America and Europe, and a premium brand of psilocybin truffles to the legal, recreational market within the Netherlands, in compliance with all applicable laws.
On this week’s show of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome Ray Williams to discuss diversity, race, and social equity, and why these themes are critical on both a human and economic level.
Ray Williams is the Vice Chairman – Financial Markets at National Bank Financial and has a storied banking career that has spanned decades. We discuss the legacy he’s working to achieve through National Bank and organizations like the Black Opportunity Fund and 100 Strong. Notably, this discussion provides a prompt for executives and investors alike to ask themselves the question of whether they’re doing enough to investigate, encourage, and mentor talent from all backgrounds and to best position their firms with the best people that will bring their enterprises the greatest success.
The sixth episode of this year’s program has us catching up with Brayden Sutton, CEO of The BC Bud Corporation (CSE:BCBC).
Brayden isn’t just a CEO… he’s had a colorful career as a trader, as an entrepreneur, and investor at a young age. He’s even written a book called Money Mind: Beyond Speculation – a deep dive on his own journey in speculative investing and portfolio management. In this conversation we discuss what brought him back to the cannabis industry after his experiences with Supreme Cannabis and 1933 Industries and then we dive deeper into the motivations for writing a personal finance book.
About The BC Bud Corporation: The BC Bud Co is a house of brands created by industry professionals who are passionate about the user experience and ever-changing consumer demand. Founder-led and based in British Columbia; we take the heritage of BC Bud seriously.