Do You Need A Co-Founder? You Better Believe It.

How to find a business partner that is both a pillow and a mirror. January 6, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Over the past year, there were many challenging situations that I faced as a founder and CEO of a regulated California cannabis business that tested my leadership and endurance. There were also life’s wrenches that snuck up to give me a reality check when I least expected it.  It felt like Mercury was in retrograde the entire year.   Running a startup means you’re always in a growth phase, which equates to a situation that can be both bad and good. (So long as you’re growing, right?) Last year’s challenges included shifting team dynamics and replacing critical team members. Cash flow that had to be very closely managed as we experienced high growth and demand in the market, which involved getting product to the […]

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5 Proven Strategies for Scaling Your Cannabis Startup

How to grow from a small, fledgling business to a profitable one. September 10, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The cannabis business is going through growing pains in real-time. As everyone on the cannapreneur journey knows, these pains come from both self-inflicted startup situations, and from regulatory tension in an ever-evolving industry. For the past three years, I’ve been on a quest to listen and learn from those who’ve been here before, and to connect with those who are on the same path now. We’re literally building a new business and a new industry at the same time.  From my interviews, research, and first-hand experience, I’ve learned that successfully scaling a company comes down to five elements that, when focused upon, can drive a cannabis startup to its full potential across this heavily regulated burgeoning market. Related: The Challenges of Growing a Cannabis Business […]

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