I am a big fan of marijuana media and technology, which considering the fact that you are reading this on a marijuana blog, should go without saying. So when I got a press release today for a unique event dedicated entirely to the business side of marijuana technology and media, I was very interested. Unfortunately, I can't make it to the event because I will have just returned from a trip to Vegas, and trips for me are very rare due to my job, limited finances, and a desire to be around my family as much as possible.
Being that this is a technology event, I'm assuming you will be able to follow it from afar on social media like I will. But if you are able to make it to the event, and marijuana technology and/or media is your thing, I have to assume that you will be blown away because the list of speakers and timing of the event is outstanding. I can't wait to see what comes out of the event, for obvious reasons. Below is the press release that I received:
New West Summit, the first conference to focus exclusively on the game-changing, disruptive developments in technology, investment and media within the cannabis industry, announces initial speakers, panelists and sponsors for their November event.
"The Summit could not occur in a better time or place for our attendees," said Dean Arbit, co-founder of New West Summit and publisher of Smell The Truth, a cannabis-news outlet in partnership with Hearst Media on SFGate.com. "Interest in the cannabis industry is breaking all-time record highs, and San Francisco is ground zero for the world's digital economy."
The legal cannabis space has an estimated $10 billion economic impact in 2015 in the U.S., and the field is rapidly professionalizing and specializing. There is an immediate, unmet need for a marijuana industry conference tightly focused on the most dynamic, and disruptive segments: applications of high technology, deep capital, and professional branding and content.
Jim McAlpine, co-founder of New West Summit, and successful entrepreneur in the Internet and tech space for almost 20 years said, "it's a natural fit to establish a disruptive technology conference in this rapidly growing marketplace. I'm proud to be part of the team doing it."
Dubbed the "TechCrunch Disrupt" of the cannabis industry, New West Summit's expertly curated, two-day, 15-panel conference and exhibition will feature over 30 exhibitors, 50 speakers, and include 1,000 attendees. The Summit will forecast legalization in 2016, funding trends, the next crop of mobile apps, the technologies disrupting cultivation, extraction and vaporization, intellectual property, media and marketing, and more.
Cy Scott---CEO, Headset; co-founder, Leafly; cannabis data and business intelligence
Steve DeAngelo---Co-Founder,Harborside Health Center; ArcView Investor Forum; Steep Hill Labs; author, The Cannabis Manifesto
Aaron Justis---President, Buds & Roses; global icon of cultivation
Shabnam Malek--- Partner, Brand & Branch LLP; co-founder, National Cannabis Bar Association; co-founder, Women GROW Bay Area
David Lampach--- Co-Founder, Steep Hill Labs; national leaders in the analytical testing of cannabis and the implementation of testing regulations
EmilyPaxhia --- Founding Partner, Poseidon Asset Management; a cannabis hedge fund
Troy Dayton--- CEO, The ArcView Group; first successful cannabis industry investor network
Isaac Dietrich--- CEO, MassRoots; a leading social network in cannabis industry
David Hua--- CEO, Meadow; a medical cannabis delivery platform
David Downs--- Editor, Smell the Truth on SFGate.com; Contributor, CULTURE; Columnist, East Bay Express, 7X7 Magazine; Co-Founder, The Hash podcast
Ondi Timoner--- CEO, Interloper Films & "A Total Disruption" productions; multi award-winning director recently heralded for her documentary (Russell) BRAND: A SECOND COMING
David Bienenstock---Host and Producer,VICE Media; High Times; co-founder, The Hash podcast
Ben Tulchin--- President, Tulchin Research, polling expert in California
Liz Conway--- Principal, Gide, national public affairs consultant
Evan Eneman--- Director, Casa Verde, Snoop Dogg-affiliated venture capital firm
Lori Schwartz--- StoryTech Co-Founder, Content Strategist, Media Advisor
Chloe Harris--- CEO, 7X7.com / Metropolitan Media, Inc., a leading San Francisco lifestyle publication
Gaynell Rogers--- Director, Bloom Cannabis Group; a national communications consultant
Kip Morrison--- Principal, Kip Morrison & Associates; lifestyle PR specialist
Keith McCarty---CEO, Eaze; dubbed the "Uber" of cannabis; market leader in medical products delivery
Frank Marino--- CEO, MJIC, a private holding company and investor in Willie's (Nelson) Reserve
Jonathan Valdman--- Owner, Forever Flowering; a national leader in consulting and construction for greenhouses
For more information, and speaker bios and updates, please go to www.newwestsummit.com.
Tickets to the New West Summit will sell out prior to the event, and sponsorships are nearly sold out. For those traveling to the conference, Parc 55 San Francisco is centrally located in Union Square with easily access to/from public transportation for those who are coming in from out of town. (www.newwestsummit.com/get-tickets/).
Sponsors include: Steep Hill, Mass Roots, Headset, MJ Freeway, Green Flower Media, VapeXhale, Hello MD, FlowKana, The ArcView Group, Canopy SF/Canopy Boulder, MJIC, SensiChew, Adistry, Eaze, The 420 Games, Stokes Edibles, and Smoke Reports.
Media partners include: CNET, 7X7, Hearst Media, Smell The Truth on SFGate.com, East Bay Express, PROHBTD Media, DOPE, Cannabis Now, Cashinbis, Elite Daily, MG Magazine, Smoke Reports, Mass Roots, and Marijuana Politics.
When: November 20-21, 2015
Where:PARC 55 HOTEL, UNION SQUARE 55 CYRIL MAGNIN STREET, SAN FRANCISCO CA