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Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJanuary 17, 2020
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Cannabis marketing tech firm Fyllo has acquired cannabis regulatory tech firm CannaRegs for an undisclosed amount. CannaRegs distinguished itself for the company’s ability to drill down into local cannabis regulations, which can differ between the municipality, county and state levels of oversite.

As part of the acquisition, Amanda Ostrowitz, CannaRegs’ founder and CEO, will join Fyllo as its Chief Strategy Officer to develop a global strategy focused on supporting existing and new customer relationships. She will be reporting to CEO Chad Bronstein. Fyllo said it will augment CannaRegs’ user interface and integrate CannaRegs data into its platform to enhance its compliance solutions for brands and publishers.

“The cannabis space is exploding and expected to grow to more than $50 billion annually over the next five years. Digital advertising is the industry’s clear pathway to growth, and brands need to have confidence that their ad creatives are not only reaching the right audiences but also meeting state-by-state and market-by-market compliance requirements,” said Chad Bronstein, founder, and CEO of Fyllo. “CannaRegs has become the go-to-market leader for supplying the cannabis industry with reliable compliance data. Combined with our technology, we are able to provide actionable information at scale. This acquisition helps us gain a significant competitive advantage to grow Fyllo, and by joining forces with the most seasoned and knowledgeable cannabis compliance experts, it will help generate more revenue opportunities for our clients.”

While the value of the deal wasn’t disclosed, it comes on the heels of Fyllo raising $18 million to accelerate the company’s growth and expand access to advertising-compliant solutions for the cannabis industry. Fyllo recently named Clive Sirkin, the former chief growth officer of Kellogg and former CMO of Kimberly-Clark, and Katie Ford, head of global brands at Twitter, to its board.

Fyllo said it has developed a full suite of cannabis advertising solutions for brands and online publishers powered by CannaBrain, an AI engine that ingests and interrogates billions of data points, allowing brands to safely build and execute advertising campaigns while also enabling publishers to create and monetize compliant ad inventory.

“The complex nature of cannabis regulations can be challenging for brands looking to confidently enter the fast-moving space. To stay ahead of the curve, companies need to have the wherewithal to know how to operate within state and local regulatory structures,” said Amanda Ostrowitz, founder and CEO of CannaRegs. “In a short period of time, Fyllo has emerged as an essential platform for publishers and cannabis companies to build creative campaigns in a safe and compliant way. By teaming up with Fyllo, we have the chance to build a truly remarkable brand that can disrupt the entire industry.”

Ostrowitz has made a name for herself over the past five years as she has built a team that has accomplished something many were unable to do and that track the myriad of cannabis regulatory changes. Drilling down to some of the smallest towns and tracking local meetings. Her company’s data is used by law firms, real estate professionals and cannabis companies as they try to stay compliant in a constantly changing landscape.

Fyllo said it will onboard over 150 CannaRegs customers, which will get the same benefits of state and local legal understanding in near real-time, along with an enhanced CannaRegs user interface. CannaRegs’ 30 employees will continue to operate out of its Denver offices.


StaffStaffJune 13, 2019
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Amanda Ostrowitz is a regulatory attorney and entrepreneur who’s identified a need for a user- friendly, scalable platform to research regulations and laws in the cannabis industry. Amanda founded RegsTechnology and its current product, CannaRegs, as a tool to aid attorneys, business people, and governments with localized tracking of regulatory issues. Although RegsTechnology has its origins in covering the dynamics of cannabis regulation, Amanda has created an innovative framework that can be applied more broadly to other emerging, hyper- localized regulatory issues.

Prior to conceiving, developing and founding RegsTechnology, Amanda worked as a bank examiner in the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Amanda is a New England native who moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend Colorado College where she earned a B.A. in Economics and went on to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2013.

Green Market Report Executive Spotlight Q&A:

Full Name: Amanda Sara Ostrowitz

Title: Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Company: RegsTechnology (CannaRegs)

Years at current company: 5

Education profile: Juris Doctor from University of Denver Strum College of Law May 2013, Bachelor of Arts with major in Economics from Colorado College May 2008

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis:

Prior to cannabis, my most successful professional achievement was my time working at the Federal Reserve bank. Something I am specifically proud of, was helping with the implementation of Dodd-Frank related regulations that resulted from the 2008  economic meltdown.

Company Mission: CannaRegs is the first industry sector launched on the RegsTechnology subscription-based regulatory data platform. Our mission is to track and aggregate state and local laws governing highly regulated industries, enabling professionals to identify applicable rules, track ongoing legal developments, and make informed business decisions.

Company’s most successful achievement:

CannaRegs is the first platform ever to comprehensively track local law and regulation. Others have covered state and federal, however our platform was built to track 40,000 local governments and then organize the information into intelligent single industry portals.  We are officially the only company in existence that holds this data set.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): Yes

If so, how much?: Just over $2 million.

Any plans on raising capital in the future?

Yes, As we continue to expand our platform in cannabis and scale into other highly regulated hyper-local industries (e.g. autonomous vehicles, micromobility, app-based ride share, mobile telecom, renewable energy), we anticipate a very substantial capital raise.

Most important company 5 year goal: Our biggest goal in the next 5 years will be to successfully exit. We are still in the building and growth stages but we’ve already received significant interest and we are positioning ourselves for an exit in the next 3-5 years. That said, things can change in an instant.  

 

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtFebruary 12, 2019
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Cannabis tech company Cannaregs, Inc. has completed a $2 million capital raise that the company will use to expand services and features across the country under the company’s umbrella of Regs Technology. Cannaregs is the leading web-based data technology platform providing up-to-date access to comprehensive cannabis-related legal data including rules and regulations from municipal, county, state and federal sources.

In other words, the company has solved for something that many have tried to do and been unsuccessful, which is drilling down to the local level on regulations. It’s a subscription-based service that many cannabis operators, law firms, investors, real estate professionals, consultants, and governments have used to track cannabis regulation and policy, in real-time, providing users with critical information they need to make strategic business decisions.  For more information visit www.cannaregs.com.

“We’ve built a terrific set of advanced data services for our CannaRegs subscribers and are proud to be working with the best companies in the cannabis industry,” explained Founder and CEO Amanda Ostrowitz. “With this infusion of capital, we’re confident that we will take RegsTech to the next level.”

Ostrowitz has identified other industries that would be affected by local level regulations and laws similar to cannabis. Self-driving cars, drones, robotic deliveries, ride-share businesses, dockless bikes, and scooters. Even electric vehicles and charging stations could be subjected to various municipality requirements. The next portal on the horizon for RegTech is TransitRegs

Lead investors include Phyto Partners and Panther Opportunity Fund along with other high profile tech and cannabis VC investment. “By simplifying local legal search, Cannaregs helps all industry participants understand and comply with the laws saving time money and potential regulatory scrutiny,” said Larry Schnurmacher managing partner of Phyto.  “As the cannabis economy continues to expand to more states, the need for this type of legal resource grows and we think cannaregs will capture that market.” 

Jordan Tritt, Principal at Panther Opportunity Fund added, “We are excited to be investing in RegsTechafter following Amanda Ostrowitz over the last two years and seeing her grow her team and company to be the leading provider of local compliance and regulatory tracking software. Amanda and her team are very well respected among cannabis operators, consultants and government entities, and this capital raise will allow RegsTech to expand its reach within the cannabis industry as well as other highly regulated and localized industries.”

CannaRegs currently provides comprehensive cannabis laws for the states of California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Missouri, and Pennsylvania to be followed by all other states that permit medical and/or recreational marijuana.

 


StaffStaffFebruary 12, 2019
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The First Cannabis Focused Tech Company to Move Beyond The Industry

Denver, CO – February 12, 2019 – Cannaregs, Inc. the leading web-based data technology platform providing up-to-date access to comprehensive cannabis-related legal data including rules and regulations from municipal, county, state and federal sources, has just announced the completion of a $2 million capital raise  to expand services and features nationally as well as beyond cannabis under the umbrella of Regs Technology (RegsTech).

RegsTechplans to deploy the capital strategically expanding its CannaRegs platform to enable the Company to scale nationally and expand its data platform beyond cannabis into other highly regulated hyper-local industries like shared transportation, electric and autonomous vehicles and emerging mobile telecom technologies.

“We’ve built a terrific set of advanced data services for our CannaRegs subscribers and are proud to be working with the best companies in the cannabis industry.” explained Founder and CEO Amanda Ostrowitz. “With this infusion of capital we’re confident that we will take RegsTech to the next level.”

Lead investors include Phyto Partnersand Panther Opportunity Fundalong with other high profile tech and cannabis VC investment. “By simplifying local legal search, Cannaregs helps all industry participants understand and comply with the laws saving time money and potential regulatory scrutiny.” said Larry Schnurmacher managing partner of Phyto.  “As the cannabis economy continues to expand to more states, the need for this type of legal resource grows and we think cannaregs will capture that market.” said Larry Schnurmacher, Managing Partner of Phyto Partners.

“We are excited to be investing in RegsTech after following Amanda Ostrowitz over the last two years and seeing her grow her team and company to be the leading provider of local compliance and regulatory tracking software, stated Jordan Tritt, Principal at Panther Opportunity Fund. “Amanda and her team are very well respected among cannabis operators, consultants and government entities, and this capital raise will allow RegsTech to expand its reach within the cannabis industry as well as other highly regulated and localized industries.”

CannaRegs is regarded as the most trusted resource for cannabis regulatory and policy  information. With over 500 users comprised of cannabis companies (e.g. Cresco, Kiva Confections, Caliva, Canndescent), law firms (Akerman, Thompson Coburn, Buchalter), governments (San Francisco, Sacramento, Mendocino County), consultants (3C Consulting, Green Wise Consulting, Muniservices), Real Estate Professionals (Kidder Matthews) and various other ancillary providers (Eaze, Hawthorne Gardening), its reach is far broader than the typical law firm audience of most legal tech platforms.

This capital raise ensures that CannaRegs is now able to offer even more information, new features, and enhanced user experience, while expanding nationally and with an eventual launch of additional Regs Techportals.

The next portal on the horizon for RegsTech is TransitRegs which will cover autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and charge stations, app-based ride share, scooters, dockles bicycles and robotic deliveries.

About Regs Technology:

Regs Technology is a legal technology platform for highly regulated industries that are hyper-localized in nature. Its first product offering, CannaRegs, is a subscription platform that enables cannabis operators, law firms, investors, real estate professionals, consultants, and Governments to track cannabis regulation and policy, in real-time, providing users with critical information they need to make strategic business decisions, identify new opportunities and maintain compliance in an ever-evolving regulatory landscape. CannaRegs currently provides comprehensive cannabis laws for the states of California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Missouri, and Pennsylvania to be followed by all other states that permit medical and/or recreational marijuana. For more information visit www.cannaregs.com.

 


StaffStaffAugust 28, 2018
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Web-based subscription service for searching laws and regulations in the cannabis industry CannaRegs, announces newest feature

Denver, CO, August 28, 2018/AxisWire/CannaRegs has officially announced its newest technological feature, custom email alerts. CannaRegs subscribers will now be conveniently alerted via email of new developments, meetings, or announcements in their jurisdictions of choice.

CannaRegs CEO Amanda Ostrowitz will be conducting a series of webinars between August 29 – September 5 with the goal of guiding users through set up and demonstrating how to best optimize the email alerts tool in conjunction with the platform’s other tools. CannaRegs is opening these webinars to the public at no cost as an opportunity to learn how CannaRegs can help businesses stay up to date with cannabis laws and regulations. To register for one of these insightful webinars, please email Chris@cannaregs.com.

“After listening to our users express what features would improve their experience, we are finally able to provide this service to our subscribers. This development is a real game changer for our platform as now the proprietary CannaRegs information will come directly to your inbox,”explained Amanda Ostrowitz- Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “This is a major value add for our current and future subscribers, especially since we operate in an industry where the regulatory environment and laws seem to change overnight.”

About CannaRegs:

CannaRegs, Inc. is a web-based subscription service that provides up-to-date enhanced access to all cannabis-related rules and regulations from municipal, county, state and federal sources. The platform was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The CannaRegs software-as-a-service (SaaS) enables licensed cannabis business operators, law firms, investors, consultants, and Governments to track cannabis regulations, both implemented and proposed, in real-time, ensuring they stay compliant with state and local law. CannaRegs currently provides comprehensive cannabis laws for the states of California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Michigan to be followed by all other states that permit medical and/or recreational marijuana. For more information visit www.cannaregs.com.

For Media Inquiries:

Chris Lagana

Chris@cannaregs.com

860-463-1021

 


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtNovember 21, 2017
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Another day, another chapter in the saga of MassRoots (MSRT). Yesterday the Company filed a lawsuit against the former Chief Executive Officer Isaac Dietrich and Dietrich promptly retaliated. One can only feel sorry for these beleaguered shareholders – granted there aren’t that many left.

MJ Biz Daily posted a copy of the lawsuit filed by MassRoots against Dietrich that claimed he had used illegal drugs at the office and engaged in improper sexual activities at the workplace. If that wasn’t enough, the company also claimed that Dietrich misappropriated company funds to the tune of $250,000.

Dietrich was not about to be outdone. He’s a company founder who still owns 17 million shares of the company, has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission a formal request for a shareholder vote. He wants to remove three shareholders and replace them with his board picks. The board members he’d like to toss include Vincent “Tripp” Keber, the CEO and Co-founder of Dixie Brands, Terri Fitch, the CEO and Co-founder of Drink Teck and Ean Seeb, the co-founder of Denver Relief Consulting.

Instead, he’d like to bring in people he was introduced to by another shareholder that don’t have any cannabis industry experience. Former QS Energy executives Nathan Shelton and Charles Blum and Rightscorp. CEO Cecil Kyte. Dietrich feels that the company is best run by its founder and that he should be reinstalled as CEO.

The Back Story

So, how did the “Facebook of Cannabis” turn into MySpace? This past summer, things were looking up for MassRoots. Even though revenues were slipping, Dietrich was making acquisitions to right the ship. One of those acquisitions. Odava (check) brought him the man, Scott Kveton who would eventually throw him out. The last acquisition of CannaRegs would have been immediately accretive and would have quickly delivered that much needed revenue. However, some of the board members felt that the agreed upon price of $12 million was too rich.

From that point on, things took a turn for the worse and the death spiral began. CannaRegs CEO Amanda Ostrowitz was pushed to justify the price that Dietrich agreed to pay for her company. It was implied at that time of the acquisition that she while she was coming in as a President of MassRoots, she was expected to be named CEO of MassRoots in a relatively short amount of time. So, there was an active conversation that Dietrich was going to be replaced by someone with more structure and professionalism. Dietrich was clearly choosing Ostrowitz over Kveton as his successor. That never happened.

The Board Coup

Dietrich got wind of a board coup and set about canvassing shareholders to rally them to his side. Team Dietrich didn’t move fast enough and Kveton outmaneuvered him. According to Dietrich, Kveton asked for his resignation after making serious drug allegations. The deal was that Dietrich would resign and quietly leave his position as CEO. If he didn’t, the alleged drug use would be made public.

Dietrich didn’t go quietly and instead continued to speak to the press. One of these conversations led MassRoots to claim that he was disparaging the company something he had agreed not to do. Kveton followed through with his threat and filed the lawsuit exposing the drug use along with the claim of sex in the workplace and the misuse of company funds.

Company Health

The stock has fallen from a 52-week high of $8.25 to 16 cents. MassRoots doesn’t have sufficient cash to fund operations and stated in its last earnings report on November 14, that it will need additional financing to fund future operations. The company only recorded $11,516 during the last quarter in revenues, while losing $7 million. MassRoots has liabilities of $2.6 million. Rather than focusing on bringing in revenue, MassRoots purchased cryptocurrencies at a discount with the idea it could potentially sell this asset.

There are only six remaining employees and the company said it needs $2.5 million to stay alive. CannaRegs terminated its deal and is no longer associated with MassRoots. CannaRegs has actually hired some of the MassRoots employees that were laid off as Ostrowitz’s company continues to add more clients and has demonstrated it strength.

MassRoots is trying to turn itself into a cannabis software company like MJ Freeway, BioTrack THC or even Flowhub – a company it once owned stock in. Yet, what customer would sign on with a company that is such a mess and so toxic. The two company leaders are employing a scorched earth policy that will only lead to the end of MassRoots. Dietrich has not proven himself to be a reliable company leader and Kveton’s handling of this very messy and public divorce has not done the shareholders any favors.



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