Narbé Alexandrian is the President and CEO of Riv Capital, a venture capital firm in Canada specializing in cannabis. In this episode, Narbé walks us through building capital for sustainable cannabis business and the state of the Canadian cannabis market.
[00:01 – 17:52] Riv Capital’s Background and the Canadian Cannabis Market
[17:53 – 25:09] The Different Cannabinoids and the Vital Role of Research for the Industry
[25:10 – 32:20] Medicinal and Recreational Use, and Vertical Integration in the Industry
[32:21 – 37:08] Accessibility of Licenses in the Canadian Cannabis Market
[37:09 – 43:12] Riv Capital and Canopy Growth News
[43:13 – 50:36] Final Thoughts and Call to Action
Narbé Alexandrian is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canopy Rivers, a venture capital firm specializing in cannabis. Prior to joining Canopy Rivers, Narbé was a Senior Associate at OMERS Ventures, one of the most prominent technology venture capital funds in Canada. During his tenure, Narbé helped fundraise for two funds ($520M of capital), sourced and lead multiple debt/equity financings, and acted as a Board Observer for a number of portfolio companies. Prior to OMERS Ventures, Narbé was a Senior Strategy Manager in TELUS’ Internet of Things (IoT) group where he helped launch operational go-to-market strategies to TELUS’ executive leadership team. He has also held roles at Firmex Inc., a leading virtual data room company based in Toronto, and Deloitte LLP, where he held roles in Financial Advisory and Consulting (fka Monitor Deloitte). Follow Narbé on Twitter @narbe87 and Canopy Rivers on Instagram @canopyriversinc. You can also visit their website.
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“If you’re a business in the US in a limited license state and you got your license, and you’re operating. At the back of your mind, you need to understand that in the long-term, your license doesn’t mean sh*t.” – Narbé Alexandrian
“The difference between strong CPG brands and weak CPG brands really comes down to how management of the company understands the consumer.” – Narbé Alexandrian
Canopy Rivers and Canopy Growth cuts their ties
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