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36 minutes | 3 days ago
Schiff-ting Perspectives: Unveiling How Cannabis Businesses Really Work with Mira Schiff (S3-EP07)
Join Rj and Billy McCarthy for Episode 7 of Season 3 as they discuss the pitfalls facing California legacy operators and small business in general with Mira Schiff of Big Fish Consulting.Mira has spent the last decade working with California cannabis businesses in several key, back-of-house positions, focused on financial, tax and remediation as well as within human resources and strategy roles.Those experiences lead Schiff to launch her own consulting firm, Big Fish Consulting, where Mira is helping old school heads find sustainability and success in the new industry.The perfect conversation for anyone considering the jump into compliant cannabis and an important one for the investors out there as well.Grab a pen and get ready to take notes - the next I'm with RJ episode featuring Mira Schiff of Big Fish Consulting is now available!Connect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter Connect with Mira Schiff:Big Fish CannaMira Schiff LinkedInMira Schiff InstagramBig Fish Canna Instagram
43 minutes | 6 days ago
Breaking the Chains: A conversation with Corvain Cooper of 40 Tons Brand (S3-EP06)
Join RJ and Billy McCarthy as the discuss prison reform and all things cannabis with Corvain Cooper of 40 Tons Brand.Cooper breaks down his criminal charges which resulted in a conviction and a life sentence for the plant along with the eventual las minute grant of executive clemency by Donald Trump and paints a picture of life inside including the importance of project like Last Prison Project and the power of receiving letters of encouragement from strangers while in prison. A lifelong entrepreneur, Corvain is taking his freedom seriously, delivering several projects which he introduces including his partnership with Evidence cannabis (https://buyevidence.com/) and his own brand 40 Tons, named in honor of his charges which alleged Cooper conspired to moved 40 Tons of herb. Sit back, take a dab and help us break the chains with Corvain Cooper of 40 Tons Brand. Connect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter Connect with Corvain Cooper and 40 Tons Brand:40 Tons Brand Instagram40 Tons Brand Website40 Tons Brand Twitter40 Tons Brand FacebookCorvain Cooper Instagram
38 minutes | 16 days ago
The METRCs of Success: A conversation with Lewis Koski, COO of METRC by Franwell (S3-EP05)
Join RJ and Billy as they welcome Lewis Koski to the podcast.As the COO of leading compliance track and trace platform METRC by Franwell, Koski discusses the challenges facing and the role played by METRC in assisting state regulator bodies as they work to mature legacy markets into the kind of sustainable supply chains found in other industries.Lewis also dives into his background working on the medical and adult-use laws as part of the Colorado Division of Enforcement which resulted in one of the most mature and stable adult-use markets in the world. Whether you're an operator interested in learning more about METRC or you're a California politician looking advice on how to fix your supply chain problems, join RJ, Billy and Lewis for another insightful episode of the I'm with RJ show.Connect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter Connect with Lewis Koski:LinkedinMetrc.comTwitter
58 minutes | 25 days ago
Recalling the Future: A conversation with Andrew DeAngelo of Harborside and the Last Prisoner Project (S3-EP04)
Join RJ and Billy McCarthy for Part 1 of a two part conversation as they break down the history of Prop 215 and the realities of Prop 64, aka the California bill that legalized adult use recreational cannabis sales, with none other than Andrew DeAngelo.Andrew, along with older brother Steve DeAngelo, are best known as the founders of the Oakland-based Harborside Dispensary, now trading on the Canadian market under HBORF.Having been a part of over a billion dollars in cannabis sales in his lifetime, Andrew delivers a much needed history lesson on what it was like growing up as a consumer of cannabis in the 80s and the impact it had on his career ambitions, along with the creation of Harborside in the early 2000s and its impact on social and cannabis related-initiatives. One of the initivaties, Last Prisoner Project, is creating major impact in getting pot prisoners released and returned to society.With Andrew's work to get Prop 64 passed and his subsequent reform efforts, the conversation spends time around the issues plaguing the California supply chain from seed to sale.Sit back, roll up two joints and get ready for another one of RJ's adventures, this time with cannabis pioneer and advocate Andrew DeAngelo.Connect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter Connect with Andrew DeAngelo:LinkedinLast Prisoner Projectandrewdeangelo.comTwitterInstagram
48 minutes | a month ago
Stashing the Cash: A discussion in managing growth successfully with Skip Stone of StashLogix (S3-EP03)
Join RJ and Billy as they welcome Founder and CEO of StashLogix, Skip Stone. As if you don't know already, StashLogix is the future of personal Cannabis storage and what some might call the "Carhartt of stash boxes".The conversation courses around the concept that Skip is a believer in making products for the good of the consumer. As a successful entrepreneur, Skip brings insight to the challenges and rewards of building an ancillary cannabis company. Recycle your ziplock bags, return your friend's tupperware and get ready to experience the modern age with Skip Stone of StashLogix.Connect with Skip:LinkedInStashLogixConnect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter
8 minutes | a month ago
Deep Thoughts with RJ (S3-EP02)
Join RJ for a quick brainstorm on the scrap heap and how you should never fully discard old ideas. Sit back, relax, and join us for Deep Thoughts. Connect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter
46 minutes | a month ago
Wall Street Meets Green Street - A Conversation with Steven Ernest of Sharp Capital (S3-EP01)
Join I'm with RJ today for a big brain conversation with cannabis financial advisor Steven Earnst. Steven has watched the cannabis industry since its infancy and has a unique knowledge on the subject.Listen to this episode if you want to know how cannabis companies, big and little, are succeeding and failing. Explore the underbelly of the cannabis industry with RJ, Billy, and Steven.
47 minutes | a month ago
The Future of Canna-banking with Kaelan Donadio (S2-EP20)
Join RJ and entrepreneur Kaelan Donadio for a deep dive into cannabis business growth, canna-banking along with discussion around the challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship. A tried and true entrepreneur, Kaelan shows of his mind for efficiency here. As the VP of Business Development for GoAbaca.com, a financial and regulatory technology company based in Little Rock, Arkansas, that facilitates electronic payment processing, banking, lending and financial services for underbanked and nontraditional industries and communities.Listeners will learn more about state and federal roadblocks affecting the industry and what the future of legalized cannabis looks like - two very important topics for investors, consumers and operators alike!
48 minutes | a month ago
Start Today: A Conversation with Karina Rykman
Join RJ and Alec as they welcome a very special guest, Karina Rykman, for a discussion on the live music scene and the affect COVID-19 has had on the music industry. Rykman brings a contagious energy to everything she does, whether in learning from Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), playing with Marco Benevento, or creating her solo music projects and this episode does an amazing job capturing it live and unfiltered. The episode is a must-listen for any concert-going or fan of live music. It's also a great episode for entrepreneurs young and old, as Karina drops some serious knowledge on having the confidence to create and the importance of learning how to take the first step.
46 minutes | a month ago
Getting Real with Joey Fisher (S2 - E19)
Join RJ has he speaks with lifelong friend Joey Fisher, a well known figure in the Los Angeles cannabis community.Hard Hitting, honest and down right spiritual, the conversation between these two flows like the mighty river Jordan, covering topics including beef with Kanye West and Jay-Z along with prop 215 and the changes brought on by prop 64 specifically within the Los Angeles market as well as driving race cars and a hell of a lot more.It's fair to say this conversation is for anyone whose grinding day in, day out and one whose in touch with their soul or working on it - the conversation also provides a real glimpse into the covid-driven conditions Los Angeles is currently facing.In these trying times it pays to have friends like RJ and Joey Fisher in your corner and this conversation is just one of the reasons why.
4 minutes | 2 months ago
Getting the Money - The Single
In preparation for the introduction of I'm with RJ's Executive Club, we collaborated with rappers Forsyth (https://www.forsythmusic.com/) and Big Satch (@100_wattz_203 on IG) to produce a track all about living life right.Inspired by the meme stock craze, Wall Street Bets, Melvin Capital and all the other ways we hustle to get by, Getting the Money is just the beginning of much more to come.Kick back, smoke one if you got it and vibe with Forsyth and Big Satch as the talk about Getting the Money
63 minutes | 2 months ago
Reason with me: A Conversation with Transactional Attorney Cristina Buccola, former General Counsel of High Times Magazine (S2-18)
Join RJ as he welcomes Cristina Buccola (https://www.cbcounsel.com/) to the podcast for a discussion on her journey from attending law school at the prestigious University of Chicago to working with Michael Kennedy while at the parent corporation of High Times and the reasoning sessions she held with Rastafari while during the 2015 Cannabis Cup in Negril, Jamaica. The conversation, which was recorded in early January, is a must for any law student, lawyer or any one interested in cannabis law in general as Cristina discusses her recent experience as a cannabis law professor for the Haub School of Law at Pace University.If you're interested in cannabis law from a transactional stance, Cristina has been there and done that too, with deep roots in M&A deals.Sit back, take notes and get ready to learn something new Cristina Buccola of CB Counsel.
12 minutes | a month ago
Peter Huson of Backbone - Pitch Day Recap
Join RJ and Peter Huson of Backbone as they discuss the RJ's Q1 2021 Quarterly Pitch Day.Each Pitch Day features Launch and Growth stage companies presenting their business opportunity in a conversation-driven format.Q1's event was created in partnership with Eaze and Cookies to shed a light on Female-led, BIPOC cannabis businesses and featured Breeze Distro, Mae Delivery and Dreamt by Ciencia Labs. Connect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter Connect with Peter:LinkedinBackbone IQ
10 minutes | 2 months ago
Q1 2021 Quarterly Pitch Day Recap with Brent Johnson of Hoban Law Group
RJ is joined by Brent Johnson of Hoban Law Group as they discusses the Q1 Quarterly Pitch Day event featuring Breeze Distro, Mae Delivery and Dreamt by Ciencia Labs.
29 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Edition Sesh: Cookies Enterprises (Q1 2021 Quarterly Pitch Day)
Join I'm with RJ and Eaze as they host a special roundtable conversation featuring Cookies Enterprises represented by Social Impact Coordinador, Richard Ng and of Cookies Massachusetts and Green Soul Organics, Taba Moses.This conversation also features all 3 of the Q1 2021 QPD Presenting Companies including Dreamt by Ciencia Labs, Mae Delivery by Community Gardens and Breeze Distro.Digging into the importance of having a seat at the table, Taba Moses focuses his voice on the power social equity businesses hold and the need for businesses to not only get their fair shake of investment dollars, but, more importantly, to ensure that the founders of these businesses have the chance to meaningfully participate in the operations when they partner with powerhouses like Cookies.Richard Ng shines a light on the importance of working with people like Taba to ensure the market is diversified both in terms of ownership and in delivering shopping experiences and products that reach consumer groups other than white suburban house moms. A very powerful conversation for any one involved in the cannabis industry or who believes in the power of equality.
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Getting the Money: The World Premier (S2-E17)
Join the conversation between RJ and rappers Big Satch and Forsyth as they discuss their favorite hip hop albums, Wu-Tang Clan vs TI, Wall St Bets, Meme Stonks and Doinks plus a whole lot more.For the first time ever, hear the instant classic "Getting the Money" in its entirety - a song all about Game Stop, Melvin Capital and living life 100% all the time.I'm with RJ is also dropping a very special edition flash drive which includes Getting the Money to remind you that stocks always go up and winners never quit - look for that Monday at 420pm EST via www.imwithrj.com/marketplaceCome home with us, smoke zones with us as we premier Getting the Money featuring Big Satch and Forsyth, produced by I'm with RJ!
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Packaging that Plays: A Conversation with Tod Berger of Packform.io (S2-E16)
Tod Bergler from Packform.io joins us to discuss the grateful dead, life on tour, west coast living and saving money on packaging using economies of scale driven by Packform's proprietary technology.Tod's been involved in the cannabis industry since the late 80s and over the last 5 years, Tod has focused his energy in providing cannabis businesses great advice around and access to packaging.Grab some time with Tod through our marketplace to discuss your packaging needs today!Connect with Tod:LinkedinPackform.ioConnect with us:imwithrj.comInstagramTwitter
9 minutes | 2 months ago
Q1 2021 Quarterly Pitch Day Judges Debrief of Mae Delivery by Community Gardens
Join I'm with RJ for another installment of the Quarterly Pitch Day (QPD for short) provides listeners with access to 3 launch or growth-stage businesses seeking investment.Each opportunity is offered in a conversational setting with the presenters engaging a panel of notable investors and fund managers.Q1 2021 is an extra special event as I'm with RJ has partnered with Eaze Technology and Eaze's social equity accelerator Momentum to present a female and bipoc-focused Quarterly Pitch Day.This episode covers the Judges Debrief of Presentation 2 featuring founder Raeven Duckett of Community Gardens discussing her firm's latest release known as Mae Delivery. Mae Delivery is focused on driving consumers to the legal cannabis market by delivering a convenient, SMS-based experience often found in the unlicensed, legacy markets. Drawing on cannabis history dating back to the Jazz era, Mae Delivery offers opportunities to those interested in both technology and licensed retail plays.Judges for the presentation include:* Joyce Cenali of Big Rock Partners focusing on Market Penetration * Andres Navia of Poseidon Partners focusing on Competitive Landscape* William McCarthy of Normandy Road Partners focusing on Marketing * Ford Smith of Ultranative Ventures focusing on Grit and Long Term Vision
7 minutes | 2 months ago
Q1 2021 Quarterly Pitch Day Judges Debrief of Dreamt by Ciencia Labs
Join I'm with RJ for another installment of the Quarterly Pitch Day (QPD for short) where we provide our listeners with access to 3 launch or growth-stage businesses seeking investment.Each opportunity is offered in a conversational setting with the presenters engaging a panel of notable investors and fund managers.Q1 2021 is an extra special event as I'm with RJ is proud to join in partnership with Eaze Technology and Eaze's social equity accelerator Momentum to present a female and bipoc-focused Quarterly Pitch Day.This episode covers the Judges Debrief of Presentation 3 featuring Dreamt by Ciencia Labs represented by founders Carolina Vazquez Mitchell and Ben Mitchell.Ben and Carolina discuss the power of their science-first approach to product formulation and their education and service-driven sales approach which has positioned Dreamt by Ciencia Labs as a leader in the sleep and wellness sectors. Great episode for anyone interested in science-driven licensing deals or anyone looking to expand their brand footprint.Judges for the presentation include:* Joyce Cenali of Big Rock Partners focusing on Market Penetration * Andres Navia of Poseidon Partners focusing on Competitive Landscape* Matt Barron of 12/12 Ventures focusing on Marketing and Branding* Ford Smith of Ultranative Ventures focusing on Grit and Long Term Vision
8 minutes | 2 months ago
Q1 2021 Quarterly Pitch Day Judges Debrief of Breeze Distro
Join I'm with RJ for another installment of the Quarterly Pitch Day (QPD for short) provides listeners with access to 3 launch or growth-stage businesses seeking investment.Each opportunity is offered in a conversational setting with the presenters engaging a panel of notable investors and fund managers.Q1 2021 is an extra special event as I'm with RJ is proud to join in partnership with Eaze Technology and Eaze's social equity accelerator Momentum to present a female and bipoc-focused Quarterly Pitch Day.This episode covers the Judges Debrief of Presentation 1 featuring founder Amber Senter of Breeze Distro discussing her vertical operations which she uses to empower brand building efforts in support of San Francisco and Oakland social equity businesses. Judges for the presentation include:* Joyce Cenali of Big Rock Partners focusing on Market Penetration * Andres Navia of Poseidon Partners focusing on Competitive Landscape* Matt Barron of 12/12 Ventures focusing on Marketing and Branding* Ford Smith of Ultranative Ventures focusing on Grit and Long Term Vision
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