John Downs

Director Of Business Development, The Arcview Group

John R. Downs is Director of Business Development for The Arcview Group, the first investor network focused exclusively on the cannabis industry, and leading provider of cannabis market research. There he focuses on corporate strategy, developing Arcview’s financial services and asset management businesses, and outreach and consulting to entrepreneurs and investors.

During his nearly 20 years in finance and entrepreneurship, he has experienced the telecom, dotcom, housing, and commodity bubbles, giving him a unique perspective on markets and investing. Prior to joining the cannabis industry in 2015, John was a Registered Investment Advisor for boutique wealth management firm, Euro Pacific Capital, where he advised on over $130M for high net worth clients and participated in dozens of corporate finance transactions for small-cap high-growth companies.

In 2006, he founded and operated a multi-state wholesale mortgage lender, funding over $300M in loans in 18 months of operation. A passion for non-market correlated assets led to his structuring an independent film fund focused on senior secured debt (tax credits), which resulted in his consulting on the acquisition and restructuring of a leading entertainment market research firm in 2014. In January 2015, he became the first employee and Managing Director of Marijuana International Company (MJIC), where he co-developed the company’s corporate strategy and business plan, raised capital for operations and investments, and participated in MJIC’s investment committee.

In May 2016 John co-founded a bay area contract manufacturer of cannabis infused products and has developed and launched several cannabis-infused product brands to market. John was voted a “Top 3” mentor by the first cohort of cannabis business accelerator, Gateway, has sat on the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) Legislative and Manufacturing sub-committees, and was a founding board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA). He graduated from UC Davis with degrees in History and Political Science, where he was an all-conference student-athlete. He lives in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, where he enjoys hot yoga, reading, sailing, and advocating for free markets and free minds.

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.