In the green economy, there is Jamaica, Amsterdam and Humboldt. Until recently however, America’s tolerance for the five pronged leaf was abysmal, incarcerating more dime bag handlers then drunk drivers and the green (cannabis) economy was a black market, illegal cesspool of activity. When in December of 2017 California became the third state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, certain areas of the state started to take their long-standing cannabis know-how to the next level. Those mostly under-developed, highly rural and well covered areas were thrust into the limelight as the cultivation suppliers of the black market had their chance to build — “by right.”Read More
Sometimes I'll write about work, other times I'll write about you. Trust that I won't ever write about my time spent on the couch (reserved only for football Sundays).
Because people love lists and loath dissertation, I’ve decided best to list the top ten things I’ve learned in my first 30 days running innovation and partnerships at a global real estate company.Read More
Enter stage left: Tokenized securities. With the advent of the decentralized smart contracts, entire asset classes are looking at tokenization as a new way to not only provide fractional interest in assets but also create liquidity across global exchanges that didn’t exist before. The root of this all stems from the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS act) in 2015 in which the SEC opened up Regulation A+ to allow for private companies to effectively launch mini IPOs for any asset. Markets are two way streets though.Read More
A night out with your friends will almost always feature the “new show” discussion. “Have you seen this new series on Hulu, called A Handmaid’s tale?” “Have you seen the latest season of Narcos, Mexico style?” There’s a new social clout in town and it’s all about the quantity of consumption. Those who have stuck it out with House of Cards through the full six seasons are seen as warriors of commitment. Those who are dabbling with Amazon Prime’s Knights of the High Castle are seen as new medium pioneers. Those who are watching Narcos and Stranger Things are just run of the mill viewers - middling in the popular shows, devoid of mystery and wonder for what else is out there. While these discussions are happening worldwide, there’s one unique place that dictates your viewing habits.Read More
“What if like a monkey jumped on that giraffes head and it became a mega animal with ultra super powers that could fly and jump around the world? What if like that car had lasers that could shoot all the other cars and then it could like go a million miles an hour?!?!”
“Yeah that would be so cool!!!”
Bursts of imagination, high flying elaborate ideas and vivid explanations of super hero scenes have become the normal Sunday activity for me these days. In fact, this is not an atypical conversation for me and David, my nine year old ‘little brother.’Read More