Cannabis Data: APIs & Otherwise
MC: Kelly Walborn (MEV) -- Kelly works closely with both engineers and clients to bring complex software solutions to market. She works with several cannabis and tech companies based in Colorado and organizes the Cannabis Technology meetups held monthly in Denver. (links: www.mev.com; http://cannatech.io/)
Moderator: Sohum Shah (CCX) -- Sohum Shah is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Cannabis Commodities Exchange. He has worked in and around the Colorado dispensary scene for several years. He is also a cannabis critic for The Cannabist and helps organize the Cannabis Technology meetup. (links: http://cannaexchange.com/; thecannabist.co; http://cannatech.io/ )
Stewart Fortier (MassRoots/FlowHub) -- Stewart Fortier is a co-founder and CTO of MassRoots, where he is responsible for product development and strategy. He is passionate about connecting and mobilizing the cannabis community as a means to ending the War on Drugs. (links: www.massroots.com)
Zach Marburger (CannaBuild) -- Zach Marburger is the Founder and CEO of CannaBuild. CannaBuild works with many of the top brands in cannabis to power their ordering and backbone infrastructure. Formerly Marburger was the CEO of ToppleTrack (acquired), a leading digital rights regulatory platform for copyright holders. A strong passion for liberty and compassion is the driving force behind his switch from the entertainment industry. CannaBuild received their seed round of funding through ArcView Group in May of 2014 and has since been featured in the NY Times, Fast Company and several other prominent publications. (link: www.cannabuild.me )
Kyle Sherman (FlowHub) -- While helping a friend setup his vertically integrated supply chain, Kyle discovered the many inefficiencies canna-business owners faced on a daily basis. Moving operators away from pen and paper, Flowhub is innovating the way business owners manage compliance and their supply chains. (link: www.flowhub.co )
Alex Natskovich (MEV) -- Alex founded MEV in 2006 and since then has continued to help bring a variety of customized software solutions to market. Working with a range of clients from Startup to Enterprise companies across the country, the team has established partnerships in many different industries. (link: www.mev.com )
Developers of all frameworks and skill levels
Anyone interested in starting a cannabis related business
Entrepreneurs from any industry
Product Development teams
Learn: The different types of data that are being tracked in the cannabis space and how that data is correlated across different platforms.
Fits into DSW:
The Cannabis Tech Sector shows a very strong presence from the Denver area, including Colorado-founded and Colorado-based companies
The current nature of federal & banking regulations surrounding cannabis deter large, well-capitalized corporations from entering the space, making the Cannabis Industry an entrepreneur’s playground
Data has been critical in business development over the past decade, while cannabis ‘business’ operation has been a clandestine activity. Bringing technology and data analytics to the cannabis industry is critical to legitimization. So, what data is being tracked? And, how are APIs being designed to correlated data across platforms and market segments?