The Students for Sensible Drug Policy Conference is winding to a close today, and I have to say, this is the funnest event I have ever been too. Look for a recap article shortly. My favorite part about this event is meeting such amazing people. One of the people that I was fortunate enough to meet was Troy Dayton, CEO of the ArcView Group. I sat in on a panel discussion that Troy was leading which described how to become a cannabis entrepreneur. If you are involved in an ancillary cannabis business and are looking for investors, the ArcView Group is a stellar place to start.
According to the story that Troy Dayton told at the panel discussion, the ArcView Group actually got it’s start indirectly from Troy Dayton’s fundraising efforts. Troy Dayton has worked for just about every major drug policy reform organization, and fundraising was something that he was particularly skilled at. Troy Dayton realized that the same people that were donating 1-5 thousand dollars were investing significantly larger sums in for profit ventures. These same people were telling Mr. Dayton that there needed to be a way for investors to get in on this new market, in a responsible way of course. The ArcView Group was born, and has been doing big things ever since. Below is more information about The ArcView Group, check them out!:
The ArcView Group is facilitating the emergence of the legal cannabis industry by connecting forward-thinking investors and visionary entrepreneurs in an effort to meet the expanding and changing needs of responsible cultivators, dispensaries, and customers nationwide. With deep industry experience, The ArcView Group is poised to usher in the next generation of cannabis-related businesses with the creation of The ArcView Angel Network, the MyDispensary Mobile App and other ground-breaking ventures.
The ArcView Team:
TROY DAYTON, CEO, co-founded Students for Sensible Drug Policy, now active on over 200 college campuses. After meeting a host of other adventurous entrepreneurs selling books door-to-door in college, he teamed up with them to start Renewable Choice Energy and created their residential and fortune 500 sales programs. He helped found the Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative and made national headlines by gathering support from Nevada religious leaders to support a ballot initiative to make marijuana legal. He was the promotional director and a script consultant for the film, BUSTED: The Citizens Guide to Surviving Police Encounters, narrated by former ACLU executive director Ira Glasser and seen by over millions. From 2007-2010 he was the top fundraiser for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and was MPP’s lead liaison to the legal cannabis industry. CNN profiled Troy as part of a special on the science of happiness, in which he discussed how his responsible drug use supports his ongoing mental well-being. Most recently, Troy became a founding board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
STEVE DeANGELO, President, is a dynamic leader who has spent his entire career at the intersection of cannabis activism and entrepreneurship. As CEO of Harborside Health Center, Steve co-founded and directed California’s most widely acclaimed medical cannabis dispensary—and set a new standard of excellence for the entire industry. Steve’s other accomplishments in medical cannabis include launching the industry’s first lab testing service. Steve spent the decade of the 1990?s as founder and CEO of Ecolution, Inc., a pioneering producer of industrial hemp goods that sold to retail stores in all 50 states and 21 foreign countries. Steve’s activist accomplishments include the passage of Proposition 59, Washington DC’s medical cannabis initiative; co-producing Hempilation I and II CDs with Capricorn Records; and organizing the world famous 4th of July demostrations at the White House. Steve graduated summa sum laude from the University of Maryland. He is a charter member of Americans for Safe Access, a lifetime member of NORML, and speaks and writes widely about cannabis.
STEVE BERG, Partner, has over 23 years experience in banking, private equity, and venture capital experience. He has worked directly with CEOs and investors in launching startups, creating venture investment partnerships, implementing mergers and acquisitions, and managing financial risk. He began his career as an investment banker working with private equity firms, and previously was a Managing Director in Wells Fargo Bank’s capital markets division.
MICHAEL LIPSON, Advising Partner, has over 25 years of start-up, business incubation, strategy, and investment experience. He has worked directly with over 100 start-ups; has been employed by two high-profile incubators, including Paul Allen’s “Interval Research”; has closed over 20 venture capital and angel investment rounds; and has worked closely with dozens of CEOs. He began his career as an investment banker for General Electric Capital Corporation.
MICAH DAIGLE, Project Management, Design, and Marketing Consultant, is the former executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), which grew to hundreds of chapters worldwide and more than a half-million online activists under his leadership. Micah led dozens of successful campaigns to change local, state, and federal laws, and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, and other major media outlets for his work. As a freelance consultant, Micah helps organizations and start-ups craft their brand image and marketing strategy, with a particular emphasis on leveraging social media. Micah is the founder of the Dynamic Democracy Initiative, which is working to improve the way large groups make decisions.
ArcView Group Contact Info:
The ArcView Group
3450 Geary Blvd. Suite #105
San Francisco, CA 94118