CanopyBoulder Cannabis Business Podcast

CanopyBoulder Cannabis Business Podcast
As a business accelerator and investor in ancillary cannabis companies, we’ve helped launch 90+ companies and have made 110+ investments. And along the way, we’ve seen a lot! Now we’re sharing everything you need to know about starting up and investing in the legal cannabis industry. We post every other week! Learn more about what we do by visiting us at

Summer Recap: What’s it like to be a cannabis industry operator?
Jul 17 • 32 min
This is an oldie but, oh.. so good! We’re giving you a re-run of one of the panels in our last Jumpstart Conference, where industry operators talk about what its like to work in the space and give entrepreneurs ideas on where to focus. In this episode…
BONUS: Entrepreneur interview with Marigen
Jul 15 • 19 min
Ever wondered what the perfect cannabis product was for you? You know.. the one that’ll make you feel like you did when you first started smoking and couldn’t stop the giggles…? Yeah, us too. This week, we’re chatting with Bob Chien, CEO & founder of…
BONUS: Entrepreneur Interview with Dyspense
Jul 11 • 25 min
What do you know about logistics?… wait, don’t fall asleep! Delivery and logistics are one of those areas we so often overlook. And yet, in a highly regulated industry like cannabis, are hugely important. This week, we’re talking with Tim Ruybal, CEO &…
BONUS: Entrepreneur Interview with CliqueMJ?
Jul 8 • 23 min
How important is loyalty in the cannabis industry? This week, we’re talking with Rami Sahhar, CEO of CliqueMJ and current CanopyBoulder cohort member, about whats going on in the industry in terms of advertising and maintaining customers. He goes into the…
Cannabis picks and shovels: An ancillary operators’ perspective
Jul 3 • 28 min
When people say “cannabis industry”, often the first thought is into retailers, edible brands and large cultivation operations. But what about the picks and shovels that support those businesses? (After all, I bet you don’t know a single gold miner’s name…
BONUS: Entrepreneur Interview with Backyard Sodas
Jun 26 • 26 min
The world of consumer packaged goods (CPG) presents a whole new set of obstacles, challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs. And since the Farm Bill passed back in December, plenty are getting in on the CBD and hemp CPG game. This week, we’re talking…
What is actually going on with Hemp and CBD?
Jun 19 • 33 min
We’re back at it.. trying desperately to make sense of the legal (???) hemp and CBD markets. We know, it’s confusing. What with the FDA and DEA and Farm Bill… it’s hard to know what’s real and where the actual opportunties live. This week on the podcast,…
BONUS: Entrepreneur Interview with Grow With Jane
Jun 13 • 22 min
This is a BONUS episode where we slip inside the minds of the founders in CanopyBoulder’s current business accelerator cohort. This week, we talk with Grow with Jane, an app for home growers straight from Buenos Aires, Argentina. They talk to us about why…
Designing Cannabis Policy: An Interview with Andrew Kline of NCIA
Jun 5 • 21 min
This week on the podcast, we’re diving into federal policy around cannabis because, well, it’s confusing. Major shifts in policy don’t happen overnight and rarely happen without some support in the form of lobbying. Cannabis is no different. This week,…
Licensed vs. Un-licensed businesses: Perspectives of a Multi-State Operator
May 22 • 23 min
Ever wondered how being a licensed cannabis business differs from an un-licensed one? This week, we’re chatting with Cyrus Farudi, CEO of Altus Brands, a company that does just about everything. Get caught up on what it takes to run multiple cannabis…
Pitching Ain’t Easy: A Recap
May 8 • 30 min
This episode is a rerun. Hope you enjoy this little blast from the past… Pitching to investors isn’t easy but it is critical to success. This week, we’re talking about best practices when it comes to putting together materials for investors and getting up…
Deep Learning and Cannabis
Apr 24 • 21 min
AI. Deep Learning. Computer Vision. Whatever the term you prefer, its all the same - using computers and machines to learn processes we humans do to save us time. And, understandable, its all the rage - who wants to do things themselves? But what does it…
Breaking Down the “Banking Problem”
Apr 17 • 31 min
You’ve heard that term, right? The “banking problem” - sounds daunting. But what does it actually mean? Are all cannabis businesses still operating with mattresses full of cash or is it changing? This week, we’re getting to the bottom of it with Dan Roda…
Global Cannabis: CannaTech Tel Aviv Recap
Apr 10 • 18 min
Last week, we attended CannaTech Tel Aviv, a cannabis-focused conference for the global cannabis industry. In the US, we have a tendency to talk only about the US market so join us as we go through some of the key take-aways from a week of Israeli…
Waste & Sustainability in Cannabis
Apr 3 • 32 min
The nascent cannabis industry has a lot to think about - regulations, federal prohibition, building a complete infrastructure… it’s a lot. But in a world where climate changes are real and there is a island twice the size of Texas of plastic floating in…
Future of Cannabis Retail
Mar 27 • 24 min
The dispensaries of yesteryear are long gone these days. What used to be sketchy buildings with bars on the windows have given way to a whole new world of retail experiences. Restrictions around retail and advertising have created a need for innovation in…
Mentorship as a Competitive Advantage
Mar 20 • 22 min
In the world of startups, any edge you can give your team is a good thing. Could mentorship be one of those? Based on a study done by Endeavor insights, the answer is a big, fat YES. This week on the podcast, we’re breaking down why thats the case, how to…
Preparing your Business for Exit: Entrepreneurs
Mar 6 • 35 min
Any venture-backed startup is always thinking about how to return the investment made into them. But taking a company from concept to exit is no easy task. This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Mason Levy, CEO & Founder of WeGrow, which was acquired…
BONUS: Interview with anna
Feb 22 • 22 min
The world of retail is changing - when was the last time you talked to a person at the grocery store? Matt Frost, CEO & Founder of anna is trying to bring the same thing to the cannabis industry with his cannabis vending machine. Yes, you heard that…
What Investors Want
Feb 20 • 20 min
Fundraising for your startup is a full-time and stressful job. Sometimes, it can feel a lot like beating your head against the wall. And in an industry flooded with new businesses, standing out to investors is key. But what do investors really look for…
How do you Find and Vet Cannabis Investment Deals?
Feb 13 • 17 min
The cannabis industry offers investors an opportunity to get in on what is likely the next big industry while its still young. Prohibition has kept valuations low, meaning investors have a chance at a huge ROI if they pick the right bet. But, how does one…
Part 3 - Keynote Recap: Regulation & Compliance in the Cannabis Industry
Feb 6 • 27 min
How do regulators make regulations around industries as novel as the cannabis industry? And how can you as an industry participant have more control over the rules that govern you? Find out this week as we recap a keynote address given by Dominique…
BONUS! Simplifying Social Media: An Interview with Demeter
Feb 1 • 20 min
In a world where cannabis businesses are limited in how and where they can advertise, what can be done, has to be efficient and cost friendly. This is where influencers come in. But a constant need for new content can get expensive - especially for a…
Part 2 - Cannabis Entrepreneur Panel: Tips on starting up
Jan 30 • 44 min
Join us for part 2 of our three-part series recapping the CanopyBoulder Jumpstart Conference, our annual gathering of industry professionals, regulators and cannacurious. This week’s episode is our entrepreneur panel, where the founders of three cannabis…
BONUS! Future of vaping technology: An interview with Bello
Jan 29 • 26 min
This week, we’re talking with Bello CEO & Founder, Ian Carlson, about his innovative new vaporizer technology aimed specifically at social consumption arenas. Using a “Vapor Tap” technology, the company simplifies vaping while simultaneously making…
Part 1 - Cannabis Operator Panel: Challenges, Opportunities and Trends
Jan 23 • 41 min
Every year, we hold a Jumpstart Conference where cannabis industry experts, the cannacurious and everyone in between can get together to discuss the industry. Last week was that night. We know everyone couldn’t be there - so we’re breaking it down for you…
Cannabis Last Mile, Social Consumption: An Interview with The Grove Spaces
Jan 17 • 18 min
States like Colorado have fully legal access to grow, buy and manufacture cannabis. And yet, there’s no where to legally consume outside of your own personal house. How lame is that? The Grove Spaces, one of the most recent CanopyBoulder teams, is taking…
Fundraising for startups
Jan 9 • 33 min
There comes a point in every young company’s life when fundraising is on the table. But, do you really need to fundraise? And why kind of funds do you need? Debt? Equity? Something else? And where does one even find those funds in a new industry like…
Thinking about Risk for your Startup
Jan 2 • 15 min
All startups are different but there’s one thing thats always the same - they all have risks. This week, we’re talking about risk - what it is, why its important to identify, what areas to consider and what identifying it means to investors. We’ve also…
Legal Hemp: What the Farm Bill Means for the Industry
Dec 19, 2018 • 22 min
Last week, Congress passed the new Farm Bill, legalizing hemp crop production. This is a huge step forward for the industry, opening up access to capital and protections for hemp cultivators in all 50 states. We’re particularly excited about this episode…
Getting High in Aspen: A Recap of the Aspen High Event
Dec 12, 2018 • 13 min
This week, we’re giving you a little recap of the Aspen High event, where cannabis industry pros meet entertainment industry pros. In its second year, the event is a sister event to Aspen Live, a music festival bringing out the big names in entertainment.…
Preparing your Business for Exit: Accounting
Dec 5, 2018 • 26 min
We’re back with our series on preparing your business for exit - a thing all young companies should at least be aware of. Even if you’re not ready for this yet, it pays to understand how to get your accounting documents in line so that, when the time…
Recap of a Week of Weed in Las Vegas
Nov 28, 2018 • 18 min
Like many in the cannabis industry, we spent a week full of weed in Las Vegas at the Arcview Investor Forum and MJBizCon. This week, we’re recapping the experience. Both events pulled way more attendees than anyone expected, with Arcview being literally…
Harnessing the Power of the Budtender: An interview with Best in Grow
Nov 14, 2018 • 35 min
Studies have shown that 92% of the time, consumers purchase whatever their budtender recommends. In a world with so little consumer understanding of cannabis product options, how do dispensaries retain employees, educate them on brands and maximize…
BONUS: Interview with MediPays
Nov 9, 2018 • 18 min
Banking is a huge challenge for this nascent industry. Anyone in the industry has heard the stories about (or has experienced themselves) bank accounts getting shut down. When you’re a startup, handling the headache of banking is just another hurdle you…
Leveraging Data in a New Industry
Nov 7, 2018 • 18 min
One of the biggest obstacles to starting up and investing in cannabis is that the industry moves so fast, its hard to see whats really happening. This week, we’re tackling that issue through data, everyone’s favorite buzzword. Do you know what kind of…
BONUS: Interview with Azara
Nov 5, 2018 • 24 min
Compliance. That thing that keeps all cannabis licensed businesses up at night. We’ve all heard the horror stories of companies losing everything over compliance violations - and, honestly, they’re pretty scary. This week, we’re talking with Azara CEO &…
BONUS: Interview with GreenGenomix
Oct 31, 2018 • 25 min
Meet Jackson Rowland, CEO and founder of Green Genomix. Like many out there dipping their toes into the cannabis sea, Jackson found that some cannabis products just didn’t work for him. So he decided to create a business that provides personalized…
New York & Toronto Cannabis Investment Conferences Recap
Oct 31, 2018 • 13 min
This week, we’re recapping not one, but TWO, cannabis investment conferences in the financial capitals of both the US and Canada. Last week, we attended IMN’s Institutional Capital & Cannabis Conference in New York City and Kahner Global in Toronto. The…
BONUS: Interview with Buddle
Oct 24, 2018 • 26 min
Meet Sarah Gersten and Julie Saltman, co-founders of Buddle. The company empowers cannabis businesses to navigate the industry’s complex legal and regulatory landscape with automated legal services, access to legal documents and a network of cannabis law…
BONUS CanopyBoulder Cannabis Business Podcast episodes are coming!
Oct 24, 2018 • 0 min
As a business accelerator, we get up close and personal with entrepreneurs launching their businesses. And since this is a podcast dedicated to investing and starting up in the cannabis industry, what better way than to talk about those topics than…
Thinking legal for your startup
Oct 24, 2018 • 26 min
There’s so much to think about when you’re launching a business. But, making sure you know what you’re doing from a legal perspective is key. This week on the podcast, we sat down with Shawn Stigler, attorney at Michael Best and startup legal expert, to…
10 Questions Cannabis Investors Should Ask… and Answer.
Oct 17, 2018 • 21 min
Investing in the cannabis industry isn’t easy. Its not only brand new, but is constantly changing. The assumptions that once were true can be untrue tomorrow, meaning there are a lot of bad investments out there. Get it right by learning the 10 things you…
BONUS - Preparing your Business for Exit: Legal
Oct 10, 2018 • 8 min
Didn’t get enough on the legal aspect of exiting? Listen to our BONUS chat with John Gaddis, Attorney and exiting expert, to get a little more.
Preparing your Business for Exit: Legal
Oct 10, 2018 • 34 min
Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to have a smooth and winning exit! You’ve invested sweat, tears, blood (and alot of time and money) into your young company. But there comes a day when its time to move on. Preparing for an exit can be an…
What’s the Science of Cannabis?
Oct 3, 2018 • 29 min
Due to federal prohibition, we’ve been living in a bit of the dark when it comes to how cannabis works with our bodies. This week, we have Tristan Watkins, PhD Neuroscientist and Chief Science Officer for Lucid Mood with us to talk about where we stand…
Getting Compliant in a New Industry
Sep 26, 2018 • 34 min
Compliance seems to be the “it” word these days. It gets thrown around like a hot potato. But, what does it mean,why is it important and HOW do you get on board? This week, we tracked down the experts, Tyler Stratford and Greg Huffaker from CannaAdvisors,…
Interview with a Cannabis Tech Company
Sep 19, 2018 • 33 min
Artificial intelligence and computer learning in the cannabis industry? This week, we’re chatting with deepgreen CEO, Colin Ferrian on topics from what its like to be an entrepreneur in this industry to the future of tech. For more information on…
Qualifying Investors for Startups
Sep 12, 2018 • 15 min
You’ve decided to take on some venture capital. Now what? Do you need to qualify those investors or can you trust them? And how do you even go about that? Don’t fret dears, we have the answers. This week we’re diving into what you should be thinking about…
Trademarks to boost your brand
Sep 5, 2018 • 34 min
Branding is key to cornering the market in the cannabis industry. This week, we’re talking with attorney and trademark expert, James Marion, about how to ensure you have a safe and effective trademark. Follow him on twitter @marionesq and check out his…
What’s up with Canada?
Aug 29, 2018 • 21 min
Get the low-down on Canada’s new cannabis industry as we recap our experience at MJBizCon’s first International show in Toronto and talk a little about cannabis investment trends in Canada.
What even is the CanopyBoulder Accelerator?
Aug 22, 2018 • 17 min
Not sure what the CanopyBoulder accelerator actually entails? We have answers to all your burning questions about how it works, what to expect and why entrepreneurs choose to come. Want to see this on video? Want to apply?…
Pitching aint easy
Aug 15, 2018 • 30 min
Pitching to investors isn’t easy but it is critical to success. This week, we’re talking about best practices when it comes to putting together materials for investors and getting up there in all your glory to… gasp.. talk about yourself! Check it out!
Mentorship 101
Aug 8, 2018 • 26 min
Curious about mentorship at CanopyBoulder? This week, we dive into what it takes to mentor, why it’s so important and what’s in it for them and how to get connected. If you’re interested in mentoring, tell us about yourself:…
What is the CanopyBoulder Podcast?!
Aug 1, 2018 • 3 min
“What is this? A podcast on starting up and investing in Cannabis? Sign me up!” - you
Cannabis Business Summit Recap
Aug 1, 2018 • 24 min
Did you make it to NCIA’s 5th annual Cannabis Business Summit? No? Well- we did and we recapped it for you so you can pretend like you were there too!