Investor Hot Seat - October 29, 2020
John Nemanic, Partner, Green Coast Capital
John Nemanic is a partner in Green Coast Capital International S.A. Green Coast is an international investor providing flexible and innovative financing to the small-cap and micro-cap marketplace in a variety of sectors. Our team consists of experts in capital markets making quick decisions to provide growth capital to issuers.
John is a serial entrepreneur and investor. As co-founder, Chairman and CEO, he exited 3 very successful Internet start ups. In 2006, Hostopia raised 29.2 million (TSX:H), then sold to Deluxe Communications for $124 Million USD. Tucows was sold to the Steinmetz Group for $45 Million April 1999. Tucows current market cap. is over $600 Million. Internet Direct was merged with Look Communications in 1999 with a deemed value of $560 Million
John's current interests are medical cannabis, cultivation, hemp and CBD start ups, with a focus on Colombia. He is married to Sandra Carrillo MD a leading expert in Cannabis for clinical applications, and was appointed as "Clinical professor in charge of the scientific program for cannabis research and education", Faculty of Medicine, University of Panama.
John manages Panamanian and Colombian based businesses. He is a former member of EO Panama and has extensive contacts within Panama. He also is a former member of EO Toronto (1995) and YPO Toronto (1999).
He is actively seeking high-return opportunities to invest in and serve as a director for high-quality cannabis oriented firms. If you are seeking a highly experienced operator, a dynamic leader who understands the growth cycles of start-ups, and how to develop exit strategies please contact John Nemanic.
About Green Growth Capital International S.A
Green Coast Capital International S.A is a private international investment firm focused on investing in small- and micro-cap publicly traded growth companies. We provide flexible debt and equity structured investments across several international markets.
We seek to invest in high growth and distressed situations. Green Coast Capital International S.A allocates capital across all industries in four core strategies: discounted equity, convertible debt, convertible preferred equity, and undervalued open market opportunities.
We only manage our own capital giving us the ability to make timely and qualified investment decisions.
Barry Perkins, CEO, Veed
Barry N. Perkins is an Investor, Entrepreneur, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Partnership, Business Development, Idealist, and Positive Deviant.
Barry has established a reputation as a results-driven, high-impact executive with a talent for identifying emerging market trends and opportunities. He is known for converting highly creative strategies into tangible results as well as growing top line revenue while increasing profit margins. As a solution-oriented leader, corporate strategist, and business development expert with over 35 years of proven excellence, Barry has delivered exceptional results and positive impact for businesses of all sizes, in all industries and all geographic regions globally.
Veed is a media driven marketplace and membership network of licensed cannabis brands, producers, retailers and distributors and consumers. Veed provides a platform for our cannabis business partners to connect with consumers. Consumers come to Veed for trusted information on cannabis and to purchase products from Veed’s network of cannabis business partners.
Veed is a Commerce Facilitator www.commercefacilitator.com*, legally facilitating commerce for members of our marketplace within the regulated Cannabis industry. Our market network provides a unique 360-degree pattern of commerce where anyone in the Veed network can become a CoSeller of each other’s products. Cannabis business partners on our platform can build sustainable businesses and gain incremental sales while consumers can leverage their power of influence on their social media channels to gain additional source of income.
Charles Wu, CEO, Pheno.ag
Charles is an executive, entrepreneur and investor with experience in cannabis, vertical farming, direct response marketing, media, telecommunications, network infrastructure, finTech and AdTech. At the age of 16, Charles got his first job cleaning toilets at the local health club. Charles first became acquainted with technology and the Internet at Infonautics Corporation (NASDAQ: INFO) after realizing that computer programming in Perl and other Web languages paid better than manual labor. While trying to figure out a better way to play video games, Charles learned about wireless broadband and during his 3rd year in college, started down a path that in 18 months would become a $3 million / year business. Along the way, Charles partnered with a seasoned business executive and organically bootstrapped Convergence Technologies Inc into a $20 million technology infrastructure company that achieved over 1,000% revenue growth over a three year period was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies by INC Magazine in 2007.
In 2008, Charles launched IPpay, a payment technology platform and in less than 3 years, organically boot-strapped the business to over $1 Billion in payment processing volume.
In 2011, Charles obtained over $50 million in financing through the US Department of Agriculture and negotiated the first non-traditional competitive-carrier spectrum lease and 4G LTE roaming agreement with Verizon to build-out underserved markets throughout Illinois and Indiana.
In 2011, Charles became one of the founding investors of PodPonics, a vertical farming technology company.
In 2013, Charles decided to reboot his career and start fresh in consumer digital media. By 2014, Charles had cornered the online market for Cat memes and Disney princess quizzes by developing viral traffic strategies responsible for generating over 100 million monthly unique visitors. By 2015, this concept called “native commerce” had been implemented in a manner that has generated in excess of $50 million in online direct response consumer sales across multiple verticals and niches.
In 2015, Charles became involved in transitioning PodPonics into a tech enabled vertical farming solution provider. After the successful deployment of this technology in the middle east and the culmination of a 9 month collaboration with the largest North American grower and processor of Organic Packaged Salad Mix, Charles launched Nexem in 2016 to adapt and commercialize this technology for indoor cannabis cultivation. Since then, the 25+ members of the Nexem team have become industry leaders in the design, consulting, build and implementation of High Tech Indoor Cannabis Cultivation Facilities across North America.
Charles is also involved with social justice, advocacy and minority empowerment in the Cannabis industry. Since 2017, Nexem has partnered with Boyce Watkins Enterprises and the Black Business School, one of the largest minority-focused online education platforms with over 80,000 enrolled students, to provide and program cannabis industry education and training to over 5,000 students.
In 2018, Charles became the Chief Revenue Officer of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, the 2018 and 2019 Cannabis Business Association of the Year.
Charles has won numerous Industry Awards and is a frequent speaker at tradeshows, seminars and conventions all across the world.
Charles is also a competitive athlete who has completed the American Birkebeiner (the largest cross country ski marathon in North America), has won his age group multiple times at the Lifetime Chicago Triathlon, completed several Ironman triathlons and hopes to one day qualify for Kona.
Charles attended the University of Chicago for three years, currently lives in Chicago with his 14 year old daughter, 11 year old son, and 2 year old dog.
Pheno.Ag provides a technology platform that allows hemp farmers to produce feminized CBD seeds for under $0.15 / seed.
Dalvin Hicks, CEO, Neptune Cannabis Company
Dalvin Hicks is the Co-Founder and CEO of Neptune. Dalvin received his MBA from Arizona State University in Spring 2020. Dalvin has experience in management, strategic planning, and business development. Dalvin also has extensive experience in the alcohol industry which mirrors regulations in the cannabis industry.
About Neptune Cannabis Company
Neptune is an opulent Cannabis Company founded on enhanced technology, high quality, and exceptional service.
Elad Barak, CEO, Voyager Products
Elad’s experience includes developing spacecraft, manufacturing jet-planes, and robots, along with various business development leadership roles in cleantech and cannabis. Elad served as a Military Lieutenant at the IDF, diplomat Attaché in Mexico and Ukraine, and holds an M.Sc. in System Engineering and an MBA.
About Voyager Products
In order to meet the need for pent-up demand from consumers who do not want to smoke, vape, fear a bad experience with edibles, and don’t know the dose they need, Voyager has come up with a unique solution. Voyager has developed a pocket-sized dispenser for consumers to precisely dose their cannabis at 1 mg intervals, in two formats: water-drops to infuse their favorite beverage and oil-drops for sublingual use. By creating an ecosystem of a dispenser + multiple pods from which consumers can choose, Voyager is providing users the freedom to safely enjoy their cannabis precisely, anytime, and anywhere.
Name of Company: Voyager Products
Company Website: www.voyagerproducts.co
LinkedIn Company: www.linkedin.com/company/voyagerproducts
Company Revenue: Pre-revenue
Number of employees: Three full time + interns + contractors. We are in the process of hiring a full-time engineer.
How much capital has been raised or founders invested in the company to date?: $475k USD in Seed round during 2019
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Glenn DeSimone, CEO, Curatio Life Sciences
5 years in the healthcare industry with Medicus, a Publicis company
Executive for blockbuster brand, Symbicort
Pivoted out of the pharmaceutical industry and began research in natural medicine, founding Curatio in 2019
Invested 3 years researching cannabinoids and the ECS to develop the ideal ratio of cannabinoids, terpenes and triglycerides to create a true medical-grade product line.
About Curio Life Sciences
Curatio is a new dimension in medical grade full spectrum CBD therapy. We specialize in potent hemp-based medicine that contains a THC free active ingredient that we believe to be the strongest synergy of cannabinoids, terpenes, and triglycerides available. Our API contains a very specific ratio of CBD, and 15% secondaries, 3% of which is CBN. Like THC, CBN binds to the CB1 receptor providing a full spectrum therapeutic effect without intoxication. Furthermore, our API is delivered using a pharmaceutical grade nano-absorption technology, which increases absorption by 10x compared to other brands that use traditional oil.
All of our products are manufactured under stringent GMP guidelines, with a COA presented at every batch. Our state-of-the art medical grade CBD product line is recommended by a network of over 4,000 healthcare professionals, distributors and retail stores. We are succeeding in our mission to become the Doctor’s choice as a powerful natural therapeutic option for a variety of health conditions.
Jeff Ullman, CEO, GoodFOR
Jeff Ullman is a multiple serial entrepreneur. Most experts declare entrepreneurs should not admit their defeats but as a life-long entrepreneur I've had a challenging life making lives healthier, wealthier & happier. Changing consumer behavior can be punishing: I know the thrill of ascending unclimbed mountains (making million$ for myself & partners) along with the humility in falling from grace (with grace): Entrepreneur vs. EntreMANURE.
In 1976 I created my first breakthrough socially responsible company, Great Expectations Video Dating and helped 100,000+ couples marry.
In the '80's & '90s co-created 2400+ hours of TV series: Love Connection (12 seasons); TailDaters (4 seasons); Authored: The Singles Almanac; 12 Secrets for Helping Find Love & Commitment; The Lost Love Life of the Workaholic.
I loved helping change romance for the ages. Yet it wasn't long ago when people scoffed at 'losers'; singles who chose a new route to happiness by opting for modern search tools like video dating. Critics cried: "No one will pay to find love!" (Yet I was the first to prove it untrue & exited quite successfully)
My wife Cindy & I created Twoology.com to help couples stay happily together by remembering their Relationship ABCs: Always Be Courting. (Another successful exit)
I've raised million$ for charities; am a non-monotonous monogamist & a devoted dad.
In 2013 I quietly entered the medical cannabis industry helping match people with information that was good for them.
In 2015 I created the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Cannabis Industry Wealth & Health Group.
In 2016 I dived deeply into pharmacogenetic testing to save my wife's life from Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer: found the right researchers, clinicians & cannabis. She's healthy!
In 2018 my wife, Cindy Ullman, and I created GoodFOR® and invite you to exceed your expectations by finding the wellness products which can be good for you and your loved ones.
GoodFOR’s breakthrough pain products are superior to any other pain topical. They work to relieve aches and pains in seconds, last longer, and are far less expensive. They are so extraordinarily good for pain relief of all kinds that the company guarantees their effectiveness, or double your money back.
As good for health as they are, they are even better for investors who recognize the wealth value. The Company’s global trademarks make it extremely attractive to sell to a buyer with healthcare, beauty, performance, and an infinite array of consumer products and services
Langdon Brown, CEO, Southern Cross Hemp Oil
LANGDON BROWN - Southern Cross Hemp Oil: Monash University (BUS/Japanese student award), 10+ years private banking/Snr. Financial Planner in Tokyo and Westpac HO Sydney, Australia. 7 years in the Australian medicinal cannabis and hemp industries.
About Southern Cross Hemp Oil
NSW’S FIRST MOBILE HEMP OIL EXTRACTION COMPANY. NSW licensed hemp farmer #66465, Medicinal Cannabis ODC License # ML050/20
Michael Klein, CEO, Miraculo
Michael Klein is CEO of integrated data and media company, Miraculo Inc. The company addresses the needs of underserved audiences in the medical cannabis and CBD market across several verticals including cannabisMD, God’s Greenery and askCMD.com
Klein possesses deep knowledge and experience in identifying and scaling new audiences using the most nascent technology and storytelling methods across a multitude of platforms. Prior to joining Miraculo, Klein served as Executive VP of Original Content for MTV, where he oversaw strategy and development for the iconic youth and music brand’s programming across all platforms.
Klein was previously Executive VP of Programming and Content Strategy for Condé Nast Entertainment, where he was integral to launching the division charged with developing film, TV, and digital video projects to leverage the company’s iconic print brands. Klein oversaw the company’s large portfolio of digital channels, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Wired, GQ and The New Yorker. In addition, Klein led original programming for SundanceTV, TLC, Discovery, and the Travel Channel.
An award-winning creator across television and digital media, Klein has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Television Academy Honor as well as several Emmy® nominations. His work has garnered a Clio Image; World Medals from the New York Festivals; and other industry awards.
Miraculo Inc. is an integrated data and media company that addresses the needs of underserved audiences in the CBD and medical cannabis market. The company has created several verticals:
GodsGreenery.com is the first market entrant in hemp-derived CBD products for the Christian Community. Live better and feel better the way God intended, naturally. A wellness line combining organic hemp-derived CBD with the other plants and herbs with healing properties that are referenced in the Bible. Available online through the God’s Greenery Ambassador program, giving consumers an opportunity to earn additional income. God’s Greenery donates a portion of every purchase to a nonprofit making a positive difference in our world.
askCMD.com is a proprietary recommendation engine that utilizes demographic, behavioral, historical, and preferential user inputs to guide curious shoppers to the CBD product that will fit their needs. The platform gathers valuable insights on consumer behavior from across the industry.
cannabisMD.com is the leading non-advocacy destination for consumers exploring wellness, healing, and healthy living through CBD and medical cannabis. A team of doctors, experts, and journalists provides authoritative advice; medical, legislative, and lifestyle news; and the latest research; along with compelling personal stories to empower our audience to make smart, educated choices about CBD and cannabis.
Skip Stone, CEO, STASHLOGIX
Skip Stone received degrees in Civil Engineering and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Most of my career followed my education path; I was an environmental consultant for treating industrial-contaminated groundwater, then was an sales application engineer worked for a manufacturer of water treatment equipment, and then as the Vice President of a representative firm selling for many different companies that manufactured municipal water treatment equipment. When the cannabis industry began, I jumped at the chance to put my sales, engineering, and business experience to work on the ground level of a new industry. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, biking, hiking, live music and spending time with my kids.
STASHLOGIX makes innovative cannabis storage products and handbags that promote responsibility and discretion. We believe you can be a parent, a professional, or just be yourself, without worrying about your kids accessing your edibles or without the judgment that comes from the tell-tale odors.