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AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0

AZ Tech Roundtable 2.0 with Matt Battaglia

The show where EntrepreneursTop Executives, Founders, and Investors come to share insights about the future of business


AZ TRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, & how classic industries are evolving

Common Topics Discussed: Startups, Founders, Funds & Venture Capital, Business, Entrepreneurship, Biotech, Blockchain / Crypto, Executive Comp, Investing, Stocks, Real Estate + Alternative Investments, and more… 


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Dec 1, 2022

Is the Cannabis Industry Maturing? – Best of Cannabis 2022

- BRT S03 EP59 (158) 11-27-2022


Clips from BRT shows talking about the Cannabis Industry in 2022

BRT Revisits some Cannabis topics and shows from 2022, including investing, supplies, packaging, supply chain, zoning, real estate, trade associations, tech, data, Canadian Securities, AZ legalization, M&A, dispensaries, and more…



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Cannabis Sales Secret Weapon - Pistil Data = Cannabis Tech w/ Jeff Graham

- BRT S03 EP34 (133) 7-24-2022



Guest: Jeffrey Graham - Founder-CEO Pistil Data


The Pistil Data Platform

Give your sales team a secret weapon. Pistil makes it easy for cannabis sales teams to prospect, upsell, and grow sales.

Pistil gathers a vast amount of cannabis data across the cannabis industry with the goal of enabling cannabis businesses to make better business decisions. The company has built technology to make sense of the data, which is complicated and messy in the cannabis industry, according to Graham.

Pistil has developed applications for brands to provide information that can be leveraged by sales teams. Salespeople can use mobile applications to identify business opportunities, such as stores that don’t carry their products, stores that are ready for reorders and new stores opening. Pistil helps salespeople use data to make it easier to sell cannabis into retail stores, & target competition.


Full Show: Here



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From Seed to Success in Cannabis Cultivation w/ Ryan Douglas

- BRT S03 EP19 (118) 5-8-2022


Guest: Ryan Douglas, Douglas Cultivation



Unprecedented Credentials in the Industry

As Master Grower from 2013 to 2016, I directed cultivation for Tweed Inc., one of Canada’s largest producers of cannabis and the flagship subsidiary of Canopy Growth Corporation. As one of the company’s first employees, I helped drive the organization’s early success by designing the production facility, selecting the genetics, and hiring and training staff to produce 70,000 plants and process 6 tons of dry cannabis annually. 

My work at Tweed has been featured in Vice, New York Times, Bloomberg News, and on National Public Radio. 

Deep Roots in Horticulture - Before entering the cannabis industry, I spent 15 years as a commercial greenhouse grower of ornamental and edible crops. As Head Grower for a commercial greenhouse near Boston, I developed and executed a production plan for raising 600,000 plants annually.

These experiences, along with consulting projects across the globe, have provided me with a rich toolkit of best practices for helping clients launch and expand their commercial grow operations

Book: From Seed to Success – How to launch a Great Cannabis Cultivation Business in Record Time


Full Show: Here




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Cannabis Business Supplies & Real Estate – The Industry Keeps Growing

- BRT S02 EP50 (97) 12-12-2021


Guest: John Hartsell, CEO & Co-Founder Dizpot

DIZPOT is a global cannabis packaging company with custom technologies for highly regulated markets. Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., DIZPOT produces millions of packages every month, providing its customers with a single source solution to compliantly and competitively bring products to market.

CEO John Hartsell started Dizpot (pronounced dihz-po) with Jeff Scrabeck in 2017 in Phoenix, but now has worked in nearly every legal cannabis market, including Canada and Mexico. The company has warehouses in Oklahoma and Missouri and an office in Shenzhen, China. Hartsell works with manufacturers in Mexico, Italy, Vietnam, and Pakistan, but domestic manufacturers make up 20 percent of Dizpot's products.


Guest: Bryan McLaren, Chairman & CEO of Zoned Properties

Bryan McLaren is Chairman and CEO of publicly traded Zoned Properties (ZDPY). As a certified and licensed realtor, Green Roof Professional,  LEED Green Associate, and former City Sustainability Commissioner, Bryan has navigated state regulatory programs for cannabis commercial real estate in over ten markets for over 100 development projects. 

Zoned Properties®, Inc. (OTCQB: ZDPY), a strategic real estate development firm whose primary mission is to provide real estate and sustainability services for the regulated cannabis industry, positioning the company for property acquisitions and revenue growth. They recently announced the market launch of its partnership with dispensary retail franchisor (The Open Dør). Zoned Properties invests in OpenDor with franchise model in cannabis using inspiration from McDonald’s as an example & model.


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Cannabis Industry Post Legalization from Investing, 280E, MSOs, M&A & more... w/ Melissa Diaz & Alan Brochstein

- BRT S03 EP53 (152) 10-23-2022

Guest: Melissa Diaz w/ Rebel Rock

- customized accounting solutions, HR, and M&A for the Cannabis industry in AZ


Melissa’s accounting experience as a CPA spans numerous industries, both domestically & internationally, including healthcare, hospitality and, of course, Cannabis. In addition to co-founding and serving as CFO to Rebel Rock, Melissa is CFO and Shareholder for High Rock Accounting, which places an emphasis on utilizing technology to strategically make day-to-day and long-term financial decisions, while pursuing company goals and compliancy. At High Rock and Rebel Rock, Melissa helps companies remain competitive and efficient in increasingly high-pressure and high-stakes environments. Starting in 2016 she started branching out into the Cannabis industry.


Alan Brochstein CFA of New Cannabis Ventures

New Cannabis Ventures is a news & information platform offered by NCV Media, LLC that highlights promising companies and influential investors in the cannabis industry. NCV is a cannabis-centric marketing & communications company.


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Cannabis M&A from the U.S. to the Canadian Securities Exchange with Richard Carleton

- BRT S03 EP05 (104) 1-30-2022


Guest: Richard Carleton, CEO of CSE (Canadian Securities Exchange)


Richard Carleton was appointed CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange in July 2011.  During his tenure, Richard and the CSE team have positioned the exchange to take a leading role in the provision of public capital to entrepreneurial companies; since 2014, the CSE has set a series of records for new listings, capital raised by issuers and trading turnover.  An early advocate for the cannabis industry, the CSE is the global exchange leader in the sector.  Recognized by the Financial Post Magazine as one of Canada’s “25 Cannabis Industry Power Players”, and a recipient of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp’s “Captain of Industry” Award in November 2018, Richard is a frequent speaker on early-stage company finance issues around the world, and involved in Canadian Securities for 30 years.


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Cannabis Supply Chain & License Structure in AZ w/ Demitri Downing of Marijuana Industry Trade Association

- BRT S03 EP13 (112) 3-27-2022


Guests: Demitri Downing w/ MITA AZ


Demitri Downing is a former prosecutor and industry registered lobbyist who is part of the original vanguard of Arizona medical marijuana industry leaders. Dedicated to building a vibrant and successful market, Downing has distinguished himself as a vested industry expert and influential trailblazer. With a strong understanding of both policy and operations on a local and international level, Downing was instrumental in drafting Prop 205, Arizona’s 2016 legalization bill and currently serves as an advisor to the 2020 Arizona recreational initiative committee.

In May of 2016, seeing the need for strong State level industry associations, Downing founded MITA-AZ, the Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association, the state’s first and largest industry trade association. He is also the co-founder of the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo, which hosted shows in Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, and Miami. In addition, he has collaborated with other industry innovators to foster inclusivity and cultural and ethnic diversity in the cannabis space. As part Native American and Mexican, Downing is the founding member of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition (NICC), an organization focused on guiding native communities into emerging cannabis market opportunities and founding member of the Mexican Cannabis Business Alliance. Downing is also the co-founder of AMMA PAC, a patient’s first organization in Arizona, and co-founder of digital publication Arizona Cannabis Monthly.


Full Show: Here



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Valuation of Cannabis Co’s w/ CPA Josephine Giordano

- BRT S03 EP08 (107) 2-20-2022

Guest: Josephine Giordano, CPA, ABV, CFF, CFE, CBA, ASA, CDBV, CIRA, CICA, CTP, CCCE
Director in the Financial Forensics and Business Valuation Services Group

National Cannabis Practice Leader       


Josephine Giordano is a Director in the Financial Forensics and Valuation Services Group and National Cannabis Practice Leader at BeachFleischman PC. Ms. Giordano’s extensive experience includes the areas of internal audit, banking, regulatory compliance, fraud investigation, forensic accounting, public accounting/tax, business valuations, bankruptcy & restructuring, turnaround management, expert witness, court-appointed receiverships, and special master and compliance monitoring appointments. She also holds an MBA in corporate finance. She has been consulting and doing accounting for over 25 years, with the last five, working in Cannabis.


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The show where EntrepreneursHigh Level Executives, Business Owners, and Investors come to share insight and ideas about the future of businessBRT 2.0 looks at the new trends in business, and how classic industries are evolving

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