Enabling Cannabis Innovation with Law and Policy
Sunday, March 13
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
We are on the verge of a new post-prohibition era, and opportunity for startups is booming. Yet to succeed today, cannabis startups must navigate a labyrinthine patchwork of new and emerging regulation. New legislation and regulation is rapidly changing the industry. Find out how.
This panel will explore the risks, rewards, and obstacles of innovating in a black market moving quickly into shades of white. A panel of entrepreneurs, investors, and legal experts working, legitimately, in the startup marijuana industry will explore how these startups navigate law and policy issues, talk about the community’s political efforts, and discuss lessons for innovation in heavily regulated areas.
Brendan Kennedy is CEO of Privateer Holdings, the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis. Brendan and his team have raised $82 million to launch a portfolio of re...Show the rest
Brendan Kennedy is CEO of Privateer Holdings, the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis. Brendan and his team have raised $82 million to launch a portfolio of responsible, mainstream, global cannabis brands – including portfolio companies Tilray, Marley Natural, and Leafly. Prior to founding Privateer Holdings with two other partners, Brendan served as Chief Operations Officer of SVB Analytics, a non-bank affiliate of Silicon Valley Bank that provided valuation services to early-stage start-ups and venture capital firms, and as CEO and President of Mindability, a software company focused on customer experience measurement. He earned a BA in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in engineering from the University of Washington; and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Brendan lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter. He has finished six Ironman triathlons.Hide the rest
Geoff Lewis is a Partner at Founders Fund responsible for many of the firm's early stage and early growth stage software investments. Some other investments Geoff has led for the firm include LYFT ...Show the rest
Geoff Lewis is a Partner at Founders Fund responsible for many of the firm's early stage and early growth stage software investments. Some other investments Geoff has led for the firm include LYFT (where he led the first venture financing round ever in the peer-to-peer ride sharing space and serves as a Board Director).
Geoff is a regular expert commentator on entrepreneurship and technology for CNBC and BLOOMBERG. He is also a frequent keynote speaker at events such as South by Southwest. In 2012, he was honored with the “Next Generation Award” for Entrepreneurship.Hide the rest
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