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Seattle Angel Fund Speaker Series Presents Session Two: The Growing Cannabis Industry

Seattle Angel Fund Speaker Series, a bi-monthly series designed for investors seeking to identify promising new technologies and business models, returns with a second session – this time delving deep into the rapidly growing cannabis industry. As Washington’s market quickly takes off and more states begin to legalize recreational use, the Seattle Angel Fund and Karr Tuttle Campbell are eager to present a panel of early-on cannabis investors and entrepreneurs who can distinguish “Green Rush” hype from solid investment opportunities.

The panel discussion, which is a free event, will take place on Wednesday, March 22, from 4:00-5:30 pm on the 40th floor of the Columbia Tower, Downtown Seattle. After the discussion, there will be a networking hour for guests to further converse with the speakers, as well as other investors and entrepreneurs, over drinks and appetizers.

Andy Brassington, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Evergreen Herbal, Washington’s largest manufacturer of edible cannabis products, will serve as the moderator of the panel. Brassington brings over 30 years of varied food, distribution, packaging, manufacturing, and sales experience to his company of cannabis consumables. He is also known as a hands-on operator of startups, turnarounds and rapidly growing companies, such as his wine bottle company which was recognized as one of Washington’s Fastest Growing Companies.

Jody Hall, Founder and Owner of Cupcake Royale and The Goodship, will discuss her experience in the industry of cannabis baked goods. When Washington approved the legalization of recreational cannabis, Hall took advantage of her renowned reputation among Seattle cupcake bakeries to combine delectable treats with a dash of now-legalized cannabis. Her products can be found in over 100 recreational retailers in Washington State.

Patrick Moen will share his view of the investment climate from within Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm with over $130M under management.  Patrick serves as Managing Director and General Counsel. Prior to his current position at Privateer Holdings, Moen served as a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration in the Greater New York City Area for nearly 9 years, until he migrated to the Northwest to supervise the Portland, Oregon, team of DEA special agents.

Martin Tobias, is a well-known former Microsoft executive turned serial startup entrepreneur.  He served as CEO of Seattle-based collective buying and social commerce site Tippr, and CEO of marketplace software developer Kashless, also in Seattle. He was also CEO of Imperium Renewables, a pioneer in bio-diesel production, and founding CEO of Loudeye Technologies, a developer of internet audio and video software acquired by Nokia. In addition to working with Yaletown Partners, Martin serves on the Venture Council of Industry Ventures, and is a director of Cloudmark, Inc. As a former Venture Partner at Ignition Partners, and a co-founder of Element 8 Angels, Martin has financed and provided guidance to over two dozen technology start-ups in WA, OR, and BC, invests in the cannabis industry and founded the Washington Cannabusiness Association (WACA) and serves as its President.

For more information and how to register, please contact Jessica Hales, Marketing Coordinator.

About the Series:
The Speaker Series, sponsored by the Seattle Angel Fund and Karr Tuttle Campbell, was designed for investors seeking to identify promising new technologies and business models while also seeking to improve their investment skills, networks, and deal flow. Bi-monthly programs will feature researchers and technologists from universities, research institutions and technology startups who can explain new technologies along with leading investors and CEOs who can speak to business models and barriers to entry.