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Kevin Wright on Bridging Brands to Esports Communities | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black chats with Kevin Wright, President of GameSquare Esports Inc. (CSE:GSQ) to discuss the company’s unique focus on the agency vertical in esports and how they are bridging the gap between global brands and growing gaming communities.

Here’s an overview of what James and Kevin cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Kevin Wright and GameSquare
1:50 – The state of esports in 2021
4:55 – The role of physical infrastructure in esports
8:30 – The GameSquare business model – backed by Code Red and GCN
12:45 – Describing “brand safety”
13:55 – Why non-endemic brands are getting involved in esports 17:45 – Following the playbook from “traditional” professional sports
22:15 – Ninja and Apex Legends
23:30 – Kevin’s background in programming and banking
27:30 – The wrap

About GameSquare Esports

GameSquare Esports Inc. is an international gaming and esports company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company is seeking to acquire additional assets and entities serving the gaming and esports markets and, more broadly, in sports and entertainment.

The acquisition of Code Red Esports Ltd. (“Code Red”), an esports talent agency, provided an initial foothold in Europe through its UK operations. Code Red represents leading on-screen talent, players and influencers and works with leading global brands to develop influencer campaigns and esports marketing strategies. GameSquare’s second acquisition of Reciprocity Corp. provides access to Asia, Latin America and North America.

Its gaming and esports assets include: a CrossFire franchise in China that it owns with its partner LGD Gaming, a 40% interest in a League of Legends team that competes in Latin America, and, its wholly owned subsidiary corporation, GCN, a digital media company focusing on the gaming and esports audience based in Los Angeles, USA.

Learn more about GameSquare Esports at https://thecse.com/en/listings/technology/gamesquare-esports-inc

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Jeff Stevens on the Healing Potential of Amanita Muscaria Mushrooms | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Jeff Stevens, CEO of Psyched Wellness Ltd. (CSE:PSYC) to discuss the company’s objective to create premium mushroom-derived products that have the potential to become a leading North American brand in the emerging functional food category. Jeff also shares how they are developing a line of Amanita Muscaria-derived water-based extracts, teas and capsules designed to help with three health objectives: promote stress relief and relaxation, assist with sleeping and to support mood.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Jeff cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Jeff Stevens CEO of Psyched Wellness
2:30 – The company’s mission to harness the healing power of mushrooms
6:00 – The science and history of Amanita Muscaria
9:00 – Professor David Nutt – a thought leader in Amanita Muscaria
11:20 – Michael Nederhoff, Terry Booth and the PSYC Board
16:00 – Psyched’s developing product line
17:20 – The R&D required to launch a micro dose product
20:30 – Keeping up with Psyched
22:50 – Closing comments – the value proposition

Learn more about Psyched Wellness at: https://thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/psyched-wellness-ltd 

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Mark Binns on Facilitating the Next Stage of Crypto Adoption | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black chats with Mark Binns, CEO of BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE:BIGG) to discuss the company’s commitment to delivering “compliance-first crypto” through their Netcoins and Blockchain Intelligence Group businesses. Mark also shares his thoughts on the current state (and price) of bitcoin and how his company is preparing for the influx of institutions moving into crypto currencies.

Here’s an overview of what James and Mark cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Mark Binns and BIGG Digital Assets (CSE:BIGG)
0:50 – The institutional influence on crypto and bitcoin
2:14 – What is Netcoins? …and the future of crypto exchanges
5:40 – The pros and cons of bitcoin ETFs
7:55 – The business reasons for purchasing bitcoin
9:30 – Does short selling occur on crypto exchanges?
11:05 – The origin of Netcoins and the world’s first bitcoin ATM
13:05 – What is influencing the price of bitcoin right now?
17:35 – Delivering compliance-first crypto with BitRank and QLUE
21:05 – $12M raised and use-of-proceeds
22:35 – What’s next for BIGG?
23:30 – The wrap

About BIGG Digital Assets
BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (BIGG) believes the future of crypto is a safe, compliant, and regulated environment. BIGG invests in products and companies to support this vision. BIGG owns two operating companies: Blockchain Intelligence Group (blockchaingroup.io) and Netcoins (gonetcoins.com).

Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG) has developed a Blockchain-agnostic search and analytics engine, QLUE (TM), enabling Law Enforcement, RegTech, Regulators and Government Agencies to visually track, trace and monitor cryptocurrency transactions at a forensic level. Our commercial product, BitRank Verified®, offers a “risk score” for cryptocurrencies, enabling RegTech, banks, ATMs, exchanges, and retailers to meet traditional regulatory/compliance requirements.

Netcoins develops brokerage and exchange software to make the purchase and sale of cryptocurrency easily accessible to the mass consumer and investor with a focus on compliance and safety. Netcoins utilizes BitRank Verified® software at the heart of its platform and enables crypto transactions via retail locations globally, a self-serve crypto brokerage portal.

Learn more about BIGG Digital Assets at https://thecse.com/en/listings/technology/bigg-digital-assets-inc

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Andrew Thut on Building Large Scale Cultivation for Long Term Growth | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Barrington Miller chats with Andrew Thut, Chief Investment Officer of 4Front Ventures Corp. (CSE:FFNT) to discuss the company’s commitment to scalable cultivation and out performing black market prices by double digits. Andrew also reflects on how the industry has evolved since his entry into the sector in the mid 2010s.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Andrew cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Andrew THUT and 4Front Ventures
1:30 – The advantage of being an MSO in the US
4:00 – Lessons learned from the early days of cannabis
6:20 – How Andrew’s “safe” banking career transitioned to cannabis
11:20 – What 4Front figured out about low-cost production
14:30 – The impact of inter-state commerce in the cannabis industry
20:40 – Illinois v Massachusetts
23:50 – The catalysts for 4Front in 2021
25:50 – “Know what you own”
28:00 – The Golden Age of Cannabis?

About 4Front Ventures Corp.
4Front (CSE: FFNT) (OTCQX: FFNTF) is a national multi-state cannabis operator and retailer, with a market advantage in mass-produced, low-cost quality branded cannabis products. 4Front manufactures and distributes a portfolio of over 25 cannabis brands including Marmas, Crystal Clear, Funky Monkey, Pebbles, and the Pure Ratios wellness collection, distributed through retail outlets and their chain of strategically positioned Mission branded dispensaries.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, 4Front has operations in Illinois, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, and Washington state. From plant genetics to the cannabis retail experience, 4Front’s team applies expertise across the entire cannabis value chain. For more information, visit 4Front’s website www.4frontventures.com.

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Chris Bunka on the New Science of Dosing and Drug Delivery | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Chris Bunka, Chairman and CEO of Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (CSE:LXX) to discuss the company’s recently closed financing of US$11 million and the opportunities that capital has afforded the company’s ability to further prove out the effectiveness of its patented DehydraTECH™, drug delivery technology across multiple classes of bioactive substances or drugs.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Chris cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Chris Bunka and Lexaria Bioscience
2:25 – Recent listing on NASDAQ and financing
4:40 – The team at Lexaria
7:30 – Chris’ background and what drives him
11:58 – DehydraTECH™ – drug enhancement delivery system
16:11 – Competing with Nanotechnology
18:50 – Utilizing patents with CBD
26:00 – Developing smoking alternatives w/ oral nicotine
33:00 – CBD from hemp
36:00 – Improved anti-viral drug delivery
40:15 – working with universities
44:20 – The best team he has ever worked with

About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp.’s proprietary drug delivery technology, DehydraTECH™, improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier oral ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The Company’s technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats, including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules.

DehydraTECH has repeatedly demonstrated since 2016 with cannabinoids and nicotine the ability to increase bio-absorption by up to 5-10x, reduce time of onset from 1 – 2 hours to minutes, and mask unwanted tastes; and is planned to be further evaluated for orally administered bioactive molecules, including anti-virals, cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and nicotine. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oralbased nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles, and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 18 patents granted and approximately 60 patents pending worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.lexariabioscience.com.

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Darius Eghdami on Developing the Tech Behind Regulated Gaming | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Darius Eghdami, President of FansUnite Entertainment Inc. (CSE:FANS) to discuss the company’s recent oversubscribed financing and plans for continued global growth supporting the regulated gaming industry with technological innovation.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Darius cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing FansUnite (CSE:FANS)
3:02 – Their recent financing and focus on growth
5:15 – The synergies between FansUnite and Askott Entertainment
7:25 – Competing with the giants in the US
9:00 – Plans for 2021 and the three pillars of the business
11:15 – Darius’ favourite game he is working on
12:35 – Bill C-13’s impact on betting in Canada
16:05 – Trends in the gambling sector
18:30 – A message from Darius

About FansUnite Entertainment Inc.
FansUnite is a Sports and Entertainment company, focusing on technology related to regulated and lawful online sports betting and other related products. Our mission is to be the iGaming industry leader by providing our partners and players the industry’s most versatile and vertically integrated platforms with a portfolio of unique products and a focus on esports, sports betting, casino and the next generation of bettors.

Learn more about FansUnite: https://thecse.com/en/listings/technology/fansunite-entertainment-inc 

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Richard Graham and Lorne Warner on Gold Development in Mexico | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall is joined by Richard Graham, Associate at Inventa Capital and Lorne Warner, VP of Exploration at Tarachi Gold (CSE:TRG) to discuss the company’s prospects in the Sierra Madre Occidental Gold Belt and how the company has managed to advance its program in the face of a global pandemic.

Here’s an overview of what Anil, Richard, and Lorne cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:00 – Introducing Tarachi Gold
2:54 – The reasons for exploring the Sierra Madre Occidental Gold Belt
5:15 – Lorne’s background in mining
7:45 – Describing what an epithermal gold deposit is
10:20 – The benefit of historic drilling
12:00 – Leveraging surface tailings
17:50 – The impact of the pandemic in Mexico
19:40 – Engaging local communities
22:45 – The team behind Tarachi
31:35 – Upcoming milestones – assays coming
35:35 – Prospects for gold in the coming year

Tarachi Gold Corp. is a Canadian junior mineral exploration company with an option to acquire a 100% interest in a group of concessions in the Sierra Madre gold belt known as the Tarachi projects.  The project is approximately 220 km by air east of the City of Hermosillo and 300km south of the border between the United States of America and Mexico.

Learn more about Tarachi Gold at https://thecse.com/en/listings/mining…

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Chris Jones on the Fundamentals of Cannabis Retailing in Ontario | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Grace Pedota is joined by Chris Jones, CEO of Cannabis Xpress to discuss his experience launching a new cannabis retail venture in the midst of the pandemic, and the recent steps he has taken to deliver his vision for a speedier and more efficient model of cannabis retail.

Here’s an overview of what Grace and Chris cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:35 – Introducing Chris Jones
3:20 – Trend-spotting during his time at Origin House
4:42 – Founding the Star Buds retail chain
6:58 – Why he chose Barrie for his debut retail location
9:19 – Ontario’s quick transition to virtual inspections
12:35 – Insights from his first retail launch
14:13 – Cannabis Xpress – focused on speed and efficiency
18:28 – Who is the ideal customer for Cannabis Xpress?
20:47 – Drive through cannabis stores?
22:05 – Characteristics of cannabis 3.0
23:50 – How COVID has been positive for the cannabis industry
26:20 – Teaching ‘cannabis’ at post-secondary institutions
28:00 – Advice for new cannabis retailers

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Chris Driessen on Building “THE” House of Brands in Cannabis | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Chris Driessen, CEO of SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CSE:SLNG) to discuss how he is applying his skill set in his recently appointed role as CEO and what he thinks it means to build “THE” ‘House of Brands’ in the cannabis industry.

Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Chris cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:35 – Introducing Chris Driessen
3:55 – How to compete in the Colorado market
5:41 – Building ‘THE’ House of Brands
7:35 – Upcoming milestones for 2021
9:20 – The foundation of SLANG’s culture
12:30 – Popular products during COVID
15:35 – Discussing Colorado – an early hot spot for the industry
17:35 – Why North American footprint is critical
19:00 – What are the company’s KPIs?
22:50 – The importance of making good on promises

About SLANG Worldwide Inc.
SLANG Worldwide Inc. is a global leader in the cannabis CPG sector with a diversified portfolio of popular brands distributed across the United States. The Company specializes in acquiring and developing market-proven regional brands as well as launching innovative new brands to seize global market opportunities. SLANG is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol SLNG and on the OTCQB under the symbol SLGWF.

Learn more about SLANG Worldwide at https://thecse.com/en/listings/life-sciences/slang-worldwide-inc

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Sky Pinnick on Building an Authentic Cannabis Brand from Nevada | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s Anil Mall chats with Sky Pinnick, CMO of C21 Investments Inc. (CSE:CXXI), to discuss the company’s retail footprint off “the strip” in Nevada and how Sky is applying his 20-year experience in filmmaking to craft an authentic brand around C21 and its products.

Here’s an overview of what Anil and Sky cover in this edition of the #HashtagFinance podcast:

0:35 – Introducing Sky Pinnick
1:48 – C21: A profitable model in the cannabis sector
2:59 – Weathering the pandemic “storm”
5:55 – Introducing Bruce Macdonald as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board
6:18 – What Sonny Newman brings to the table as CEO
8:44 – Silver State Relief – 40K walk-in customers per month
10:55 – Staying off “the strip”
11:18 – The expectations of the “green rush”
16:35 – Why it is ok to wait for Federal Legalization
19:14 – The customer experience in Nevada
22:09 – Sky’s role at C21 and his background in film
26:49 – Sky’s passion for the plant
29:35 – Battling the cannabis stigma
32:00 – Milestones ahead for C21

About C21 Investments Inc.
C21 Investments is a vertically integrated cannabis company that cultivates, processes, and distributes quality cannabis and hemp-derived consumer products in the United States. The Company is focused on value creation through the disciplined acquisition and integration of core retail, manufacturing, and distribution assets in strategic markets, leveraging industry-leading retail revenues with high-growth potential multi-market branded consumer packaged goods. The Company owns Silver State Relief and Silver State Cultivation in Nevada, and Phantom Farms, Swell Companies, Eco Firma Farms, and Pure Green in Oregon. These brands produce and distribute a broad range of THC and CBD products from cannabis flowers, pre-rolls, cannabis oil, vaporizer cartridges and edibles. Based in Vancouver, Canada, additional information on C21 Investments can be found at www.sedar.com and www.cxxi.ca.

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