Brad has been in the Cannabis Industry for over 3 years and has been an outspoken advocate for legalization, decriminalization, and proper regulation. While he was a partner with California Weed Blog, he produced the CannaBiz Expo in Los Angeles, was the lead editor, and investigative journalist. With a focus in Cannabis Science, Business, and Politics, Brad has written and spoken on many topics that have educated thousands of people and changed the course of California Regulation.Brad is now living in Florida and has his sights on Adult-Use in the state. He will be presenting a bill on the floor for the 2019 session to legalize and decriminalize Cannabis State-Wide with the assistance of many leaders in the industry from multiple states, which will be one of the most comprehensive, progressive, and structured bills to date.View the profile
Michael is the innovator at the helm of Centuria, a Nevada licensed developer of water-soluble phytocannabinoid ingredients and a Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) manufacturer. His ascent to global cannabis leadership is supported by almost 15 years of developing proprietary technology, trade secrets, and navigating ever-changing global regulatory structures. With Michael’s focus on the mechanization of manufacturing processes and ability to quickly and cheaply scale to meet market demand, Centuria is positioned to continue as a global leader of the cannabis industry.View the profile
Prior to joining the team at EcoGen Laboratories, Derek was the Co-Founder of Healing Ventures, a full-service agency and digital marketplace dedicated to CBD, Chief Marketing of Klique Inc. where he oversaw all aspects of marketing and brand development, Associate Producer of Allegory Creative Management, and Key Account Manager of Gold Coast Partners. In his role of Chief Growth Officer of EcoGen Laboratories, Derek provides strategic, tactical and operational leadership to design, develop and deploy the companies agenda. He is accountable for growth including oversight of expansion, product development, sales operations, new revenue and strategy. He ensures that marketing, sales and products have a budget that allows for experimentation while achieving business revenue and project objectives. He is responsible for building out, leading, developing and managing the sales team globally. He is accountable for all products, services and solutions in EcoGen Laboratories portfolio.View the profile
Brent has over 20 years of legal, finance and executive-level management experience at numerous small and large-sized growth companies, law firms and investment firms. He has managed, executed and participated in over $2 billion in capital raising, private equity, venture capital and M&A transactions. He has assisted in the oversight, management and compliance of multiple investment funds with up to $100 million in assets under management. He routinely advises entrepreneurs, investors, executives, operators, fund managers and companies regarding entity formation, transactions, capital raising, structure, finance and operations. Brent is also an advisor and mentor to numerous companies and investment funds in the cannabis industry.In his legal practice, Brent specializes in the representation of closely-held entities and emerging growth companies through the whole business life cycle, including entity selection, formation, equity and debt financing transactions, acquisitions and the eventual transfer or sale of the business. In addition, Brent advises on capital raising transactions working extensively with companies looking for capital as well as venture capital and private equity funds. Brent also serves as outside general counsel to clients in support of operations, capital raising, corporate governance, commercial transactions, contract drafting and negotiation, intellectual property and general business matters.View the profile
Brandon is a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background in starting and cofounding companies across different industries. He has cofounded a digital marketing agency, a software company and now leads Danodan Hempworks, a new CBD brand in the U.S. food and beverage market. As the CEO, Brandon is accountable for marketing, sales, operations, product development and compliance programs. The Portland, OR based hemp CBD brand launched in the summer of 2018 and is distributed by mainstream beverage distribution partners and is sold in hundreds of locations in the U.S. including a regional, twenty-store grocery chain in Seattle and Portland.View the profile
About the talk
Israel is called the Start-Up Nation because it has the highest number of startup companies per capita in the entire world. In their book by the same name, Senor and Singer identify key features that make companies appealing for acquisition. Among these is an entrepreneurial spirit, a “break the rules” disruption mentality, ease of communication across lines of hierarchy, and of course plain old having a good product. As the cannabis market becomes saturated with new business ventures, make yours stand out by making it attractive from the inside out. This discussion will focus on ways, both quantitative and qualitative, that can demonstrate to larger ventures that you are ripe for the plucking.
05:39 Why a merger or acquisition can be a tool for growth?
08:33 Positioning your company take advantage of these strategies
10:00 Company profile for competitors to acquire or merge
13:31 Methods to analyze acquisition or merge offers
16:47 At what time is it most advantageous to seek the offer?
19:43 When should you start thinking about scaling?
24:54 How important are certifications?
29:37 Competing effectively in a regulated environment
35:02 Going public
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So just some background on myself. I own a portfolio company called Nature's Secret Holdings that holds the seven different subsidiaries second. The six of them are CBD related and we've been building it since December and scaling up from there. So the panelists and let them talk a little about themselves. My name is Michael Brubeck I guess so notable things of interest for this panel been in the cannabis industry for 15 years. Started first cannabis fund 10-million-dollar fund in 2007, 14 dispensaries in 2009
My existing company today. I want a vehicle as well, which show is currently constructing a 100 million gallons per year extraction facility. All right, Brandon. Brandon Holmes the CEO of Danodan Hempworks were an early-stage CBG company in the Natural Foods space, the water-soluble beverage additive. It's also served on-premise and we're in the position of formulating the building blocks around protecting our IP building a brand and getting to know our customers. So then position the company for a merger or acquisition or next event