Jeff Cantalupo

The founder of consumer-focused venture capital firm Listen is an investor and board director of Miss Grass, a Venice, Calif.-based online weed mag for women. An early investor in Raise who also has early stakes in the Calm app and online training platform CodeVerse, Cantalupo just started an adjunct teaching gig at Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. 

Ruth Wilson

A 17-year educator and administrator at Oakton Community College, Wilson now directs one of the country’s first college cannabis specialty programs. “It’s been nothing but positive energy,” Wilson explained to Grown In earlier this year. “We have really focused on the medical cannabis industry. It’s not to say that the skills won’t transfer to the adult-use market, but they will. Our focus is to compliment our healthcare program.”

Ken Davis

This mobile media serial entrepreneur is among the first people to build a practice around app-based payment processing systems for cannabis dispensaries. “Nobody has addressed the core technology for this industry,” Davis told Grown In last year. “You lift up the hood, 90 percent of the technology is unsecure, not industry standard. Sometimes we would have to find a 40-year old or 50-year-old that knows an old (programming) language (to update technology).”

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Brad Spirrison is a journalist, serial entrepreneur and media ecologist. He lives in Chicago with his son. Interests include music, meditation and Miles Davis.