Chad Strand

Co-Founder & COO, Blackbird

Chad Strand is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Blackbird.Chad and his business partner, Tim Conder, started Bootleg Courier Company in Reno Nevada in 2009 after working for several years in Seattle and San Francisco as a bicycle messengers. Though courier services were struggling in larger cities, Strand and Conder believed they could identify markets that will always need tangible goods delivered. Within their first few years Bootleg grew to employ 12 full-time cyclists and earn over a million dollars in annual revenue.

In 2014, Chad and Tim were approached about selling Bootleg to another logistics company in the area called Medical and Professional Couriers (MPC). Though that deal never came to fruition, Chad and his business partner saw the opportunity and need for logistics in the burgeoning cannabis industry and later in 2015 they joined forces with MPC to create Blackbird.

As the first Medical Marijuana Establishments opened their doors at the end of 2015, Blackbird was there to facilitate product delivery across the state. The transition to marijuana and marijuana products was not immediate. The industry was slow to get its footing, and the differences between legal work delivered by bicycle and marijuana were greater than originally suspected. But as the industry began to gain steam, Blackbird got on solid ground. As a company, Blackbird developed proprietary software to facilitate delivery tracking and store required compliance documentation. Blackbird has continued to round out its software suite to include a point-of-sale system and consumer menus. The company has also worked to create industry leading and responsible cash handling practices. Blackbird has constantly and consistently revised its standard operating procedures, best practices, and employee training to service the industry efficiently and protect the community in which it operates. Blackbird completes thousands of wholesale and retail deliveries each month in Nevada. The wholesale value of the product that Blackbird transports monthly is in excess of $15million.

The company has recently expanded into California where they now have locations in Santa Rosa, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Blackbird is proud of its stellar service and client relationships, but most of all, Blackbird is proud to employee more than 100 people that are a constant reminder of the power of a committed and caring team. 

Matthew Greene

New York, NY, USA
CEO & Founder, Edible Science, LLC

Matt Greene has spent his entire career in the marketing, advertising and AdTech industry. His fascination with technology began in 1987 while working with his client Steve Jobs in developing the launch strategies for NeXT Computers. Starting in 1998, Matt pioneered online advertising and supporting technologies for the digital ad agency he founded, Blue Ribbon Digital, where his team drove innovation across all aspects of digital media - from Search to Mobile and Video, his agency measurably generated over $2BB in revenues for their Fortune 100 clients. In this capacity, Matt has spoken at leading conferences such as AdTech, iMedia Summits and the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Starting in 2015, Matt re-focused his energies on the burgeoning cannabis industry knowing that the need for innovation in technologies to support the industry would be mandatory. With his his new company, Edible Sciences, he and his team on concentrating their energies in solving the #1 problem facing the edibles sector: Dosing Accuracy. He will be speaking at Binghampton University's TIER Talks in SEPT '17 on technology innovations occurring in the cannabis ancillary space.

Brett Finkelstein

Boca Raton, FL
Managing Director, Phyto Partners LP

Brett is an experienced executive, venture capital and private equity investor and advisor. He has partnered with, worked with and developed key relationships with numerous premier private equity, investment banks, and venture capital companies. As one of the founders of Phyto Partners LP, Brett’s fundamental ambition for the company’s stakeholders is to creatively apply his unique resources of extensive operating skills, certainty to close, access to capital, extensive network of resources and relentless pursuit of excellence to facilitate a more super-charged evolution for enterprises we fund, launch, and maintain activist roles in. For the powerhouse companies we invest in, advise, and or buy we will be providing more investment value and a comfort level for our financial capital partners, as well as our portfolio companies that join us. Phyto Partners LP was profiled in Forbes as one of the leaders in the cannabis industry. Phyto has invested in half of what CB insights profiled as the trailblazers of 2017.