Does weed culture and Tech culture mix? Apparently they do, like remote controlled vaporizers and weed apps.
Cannabis startup WeedClub, which dubs itself “a professional network for cannabis ” is a San Francisco based company which recently displayed this co mingling in the cities beloved–well, the cities Twitter building.
Replete with Thai fusion tacos as hors d’oeuvres and White wine as chasers, the “session” Weedclub hosted was aptly named @420Pitch, a space where marijuana-related startups were given the opportunity to scratch elbows with top venture capitalists, slyly raise millions and join Silicon Valleys innovators as they pitched their next big thing. Folks such as Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, Lenovo, Deloitte, Toshiba, and Rubicon VC all connected with companies tabling everything from vaporizers, topical acne creams, weed humidors to drone pot delivery startups and aspiring cannabis DNA lab operators.
“This is real disruption right here,” said Matthew Callahan of Botanix Pharma, a five-man company out of Philadelphia, via 7×7, “You’re seeing professional people coming in and starting to build businesses.”
Among many of the businesses represented there was Evoke, a crowdfunded vaporizer created by a team of retired aerospace engineers and investors from Electronic Arts. I’m not sure if you could also use this particular vaporizer to play Madden or reach the edges of the stratosphere.
As of now Evoke has $400,000 on hand thanks to crowdfunding, and was seeking $600,000 more to make a run of 5,000 iPhone-operated electronic pipes. Yes you can control you weed pipe with your phone now.
First place honors at WeedClubs 420 session went to New Jersey’s Annabís, maker of “stylishly discreet odor-controlling luxury accessories for women”. Basically stylish weed bags for women.
If you check out WeedClubs website you will notice it also features local businesses like San Francisco’s Marvina, which touts itself as a curated monthly wine club for medical marijuana, and Oakland’s PureCure, which sells products such as edible cannabis strips that dissolve under the tongue.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.