REGULATORY UPDATE – 4/5/19

It’s been a busy few weeks in the cannabis industry with significant developments coming from Washington D.C. A pair of high-powered bills are churning their way through the halls of Congress that could vastly improve things for the cannabis industry. Here’s a look at some of the recent developments in the nation’s capital and what […]

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The Pace of Social Change and What it Means for the Legalization of Cannabis

  One of my favorite slides in my investor deck is titled “The Pace of Social Change” which features a great graphic from Bloomberg, that is pictured above in edited form. While it’s common knowledge that government policy follows public opinion, it’s also often the case that federal laws don’t change until the states themselves […]

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CBD: Still A Restricted Substance

On December 20th the 2019 Farm Bill was signed into law by President Trump, with overwhelming bipartisan support from both the House (386 to 47) and the Senate (87 to 3). This $867 billion bill will provide needed subsidies for American farmers, strengthens the food stamps (SNAP) program, and, most importantly for the cannabis industry, […]

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How to Avoid Investor Disconnect When Pitching

  I recently was asked to judge a pitching competition for CannInvest NJ. The format was familiar; each participant was given eight minutes to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and an audience of on-lookers. The judges gave feedback and voted to determine a winner. Most of the presentations missed the mark. […]

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Conscious Capitalism

In June of 2010, something really extraordinary happened in the world of Philanthropy. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet began recruiting for what is known as “The Giving Pledge.” As many of you know, the giving pledge is a promise made by the wealthiest individuals in the world, mostly billionaires, to give away the majority of […]

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Continual Partial Attention

We live in a connected world, and it is a wonderful world. Twenty years ago it would have been hard to fathom that every bit of information we need could be found by clicking an app on a mobile phone. This access to information is, of course, unlimited: trivia, a definition, personal background information, and […]

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Set the Context For Your Investors

I recently recorded a Podcast for Gavin McCully’s The Pitch Deck – Episode #53. Gavin offers a number of other great episodes.  Enjoy   Ep #53: Jeffrey Finkle, Angel Investor/Coach, ARC Angel Fund – Set the Context For Your Investors Joining me today on The Pitch Deckpodcast, our guest brings an amazing new perspective, which I don’t believe […]

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5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO SAVE MONEY ON DILIGENCE LATER

A company whose board I serve recently decided to accept an offer to be acquired. About one third of the way through the due diligence period, I checked in with legal counsel to see where the legal bill stood and found out that we were already at $200k…..whaaaaat? This was close to the overall budget […]

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Pinpointing Problems Worth Solving (Part Three of Three)

In part two of this series I wrote about how I believe that founding CEOs who are deep domain experts are the best at getting to product-market fit in a capital efficient way. I profiled ServiceChannel’s CEO’s 30+ year history solving problems in the contractor and facility management space. In this post I will profile […]

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Pinpointing Problems Worth Solving (Part Two of Three)

In my last post, I wrote about how many startups fail because they try solving problems no one really has or cares enough about to spend money to solve. I mentioned that while poor execution is responsible for many startup failures, you can’t execute your way out of a bad idea. In the venture capital […]

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