• Eric Gomez, Founder and CEO of Canopy San Diego

    March 10, 2017

    Listen to Podcast of the Show

    eric gomez photoRichard and Joe welcomed Eric Gomez, CEO of Canopy San Diego. Canopy San Diego is a mentorship-driven, seed-stage investment program for startups in the legal cannabis-ancillary industry. There is one important caveat to the accelerator. Canopy San Diego is bypassing the risks associated with funding anyone dealing directly with plants, which means it won’t accept startups that actually cultivate or sell cannabis. The goal of Canopy SD is to boost companies with products that could help growers or dispensaries. Many companies will not do business with the pot industry, leaving a niche for banking, water, and data analytics products tailored to marijuana businesses. Canopy takes entrepreneurs just starting a company and teaches them how to build infrastructure, making sure they have all the non-sexy business components in place, like legal and accounting.

    “During the gold rush, it’s a good time to be in the pick and shovel business” – Mark Twain

    Canopy LogoParticipants give up an ownership stake of between 6 and 9.5 percent in their venture in exchange for $20,000 in working capital and guidance from the investor group who help them establish a business plan that will attract further investment. The most promising companies can get up to another $50,000 upon completion of the program. Canopy puts the entrepreneurs in a free, shared working space. Within that space, they bring in a number of mentors, have social events several times a month, and bring in investors looking to develop within the cannabis industry. The goal as an accelerator is to produce companies that can compete with other startups and raise money quicker from strategic partners that are going to help them get to the next stage.

    Recently, Canopy San Diego completed its first cohort. The eight companies participating in the accelerator program were, Apothecary Direct Cannabis Network, Icarus RT, Lodestone Data Technologies, LooseLeaf Tech, LoudCloud, MycoCann, and Yobi. Canopy is looking for startups with a strong team of founders who have technical knowledge of the industry and a solution to a problem for their upcoming class.

    Eric Gomez received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA in 1997 and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.

    Listen to a podcast of the show

    Podcast

  • Patient Advocacy with Brian and Gerri Monaghan

    December 12, 2013
    Brian Monagham successfully battled melanoma brain tumors with the support of his wife, Gerri. He has been cancer-free for 15 years, and they have written a step-by-step guide about how to be an effective patient advocate called When a Loved One Falls Ill. The book is written around 50 inspirational tips that give you a ... Read more
  • The Life and Times of San Diego’s Most Notable Architect Rob Quigley

    December 7, 2013
    Saturday night’s show featured Rob Wellington Quigley, a man that has impacted the beauty of San Diego through his design. For those who are unfamiliar with his name, there is a good chance that they are familiar with his work including the Ocean Discovery Institute’s “Living Lab” or San Diego’s new Central Library. Earning his ... Read more
  • Entrepreneurs Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry

    November 30, 2013
    Listen to Podcast of the Show Neil Senturia and Barbara Bry are integral parts of Blackbird Ventures LLC which is an investment firm that aids entrepreneurial enterprises, more specifically those that focus in the areas of emerging technology and real estate development. Mr. Senturia serves as the CEO while Mrs. Bry is the company’s chief operating ... Read more
  • Olympic Triathalete Hopeful Wins 5-mile Race at Oceanside Turkey Trot

    November 28, 2013
    Verzbicas Outpaces Defending Champion Raura At the front of a record crowd of 10,000 runners and walkers who moved their feet before they ate at Thanksgiving Day’s Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot, a former prep sub-4-minute miler won his biggest victory since starting a remarkable comeback from a serious cycling accident that left him ... Read more
  • Lukas Verzbicas Enters PMCU Oceanside Turkey Trot

    November 23, 2013
    Triathlon champion runs in the 8th Annual Oceanside Turkey Trot We are excited to announce that 19 year-old Lukas Verzbicas will join us for the 5 mile race on Thanksgiving morning for the annual Oceanside Turkey Trot. Lukas is one of only five U.S. high school students to run a sub 4-minute mile. He is a ... Read more
  • Estate Planning with Brenda Geiger

    November 23, 2013
    Richard and Joe were excited to welcome their newest sponsor, Brenda Geiger of Geiger Law Office. Ms. Geiger specializes in Estate Planning, and graduated from University of San Diego for both her undergraduate and law degree. Even with the responsibilities of being the managing attorney at her law firm, she has found the time to ... Read more
  • Gina Champion-Cain of The Patio on Lamont

    November 16, 2013
    Listen to Podcast of the Show Our guests were Gina Champion-Cain and Nathan Fletcher. Gina Champion-Cain is President and CEO of American National Investments Inc., as well as the Luv Surf Brand. She has more recently ventured into the food and beverage industry with the opening of The Patio on Lamont, an eatery on Lamont Street in ... Read more
  • The Winds of Purpose with Jake Ducey

    November 8, 2013
    Jake Ducey and Jack White will join the show Saturday night. Jake was a successful athlete at Cal Lutheran when he was inspired to leave school and make a difference in the world. Among other places, he traveled to Guatemalan orphanages, and the spirit moved him to raise the funds to build a school and orphanage ... Read more
  • From Xero to Hero: Xero Accounting Software

    November 2, 2013
    Read more
  • 2013 San Diego Press Club Awards | IY Money Wins Three First Place Ribbons for Excellence in Journalism

    October 31, 2013
    Congratulations to Joe and Richard for Earning 3 First Place Ribbons at the San Diego Press Club Awards on Tuesday Night in the Following Categories: First Place – Radio: Series First Place – Radio: Specialty Reporting – Series First Place – Radio: Specialty Reporting – single report The evening featured restaurants, wineries and breweries from San Diego’s best restaurants ... Read more