In his early life, Jim Fruchterman, founder of Benetech and now Tech Matters, was a rocket scientist and a Silicon Valley exec on a more or less conventional path (start-up, work work work, sell, do it all again.) But along the way, he harbored a nagging and then burgeoning desire to make tech work for good. So he founded Benetech, the now-legendary Silicon Valley-based non-profit that focuses on bringing together technology and the tech industry with social causes to create innovative solutions that work and scale. And now…
Starting a business of any type is, of course, not exactly for the faint of heart. But imagine doing it in a completely new industry, where standards and regulations—often conflicting—are just emerging, where market forces are not fully understood. And finally, on top of all that, add dealing with a finicky agricultural product and the inevitable complications that come with a brick and mortar operation. These challenges call for entrepreneurship on steroids.
The world of craft cannabis began as a reasonably cozy, nerdy little place for “specialists”. But with the decriminalization of cannabis in many large states and all of Canada, plus with the decriminalization of hemp-based CBD (more on this in a bit), every pharma, food, wellness, spirits company seems to be getting in on the game. It’s going to be everywhere—so it just makes sense to know more about it.
Marcia Gagliardi, of table-hopper fame, has gone and founded mymilligram, too: a weekly newsletter covering the best cannabis products out there. Having Marcia with you as you explore the world of cannabis is invaluable: there are so many choices out there, so many new brands, so many ways to think about using it (sleep? feeling chill? feeling blissed out? pain relief?), that a guide is an absolute necessity.
Refinery members are old enough to remember when TV was just a desert, filled with some seriously bad drek. Love Boat, Hotel, Dynasty… and network is still at it with some of the more jaw-droppingly awful reality TV shows.
But as we know, we’re now living in the new golden age of TV. Our problem is now that of too much quality, and expanded geographies: we’re now getting great shows from Australia, Europe, and Asia. Overwhelm, not underwhelm is the problem. (465 shows produced last year alone.)
Anderson Valley is only about 100 miles from Sonoma, but it feels like it’s on a completely different continent and in a different century. Geography, history, and weather have conspired to keep it isolated from the more glamorous, manicured, agrarian fantasy that is Northern California’s “wine country”. It even has its own language, Boontling.
There’s a common thread that runs between workplace and career advice, much of mindfulness training, many religious traditions, all the way through to the more “woo-woo” self-help tomes out there. It goes like this: Know yourself, know your values. Strip away all the crap.