Morgan Paxhia is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Poseidon, one of the longest running funds in the cannabis industry.
With over ten years experience in investing and finance, Morgan has developed a deep understanding of individual company analysis, portfolio construction, and risk mitigation. Since 2012, he has dedicated his investment focus primarily to the cannabis industry. Given the limited amount of information in this emerging vertical, the lack of institutional research, and relative industry immaturity, Morgan embraces an active approach of working closely with companies. He utilizes a “boots on the ground” methodology to better understand individual companies and the industry. Through his extensive travel across the US and Canada, reviewing hundreds of business plans and overseeing several existing cannabis investments, Morgan has developed Poseidon’s investment methodology tailored specific to the business of cannabis. Poseidon’s proprietary process is driven by the time spent in the industry and the considerable data collected over the last several years. He has created frameworks for analysis depending on sub-sector, company stage, and participation across the capital spectrum through our database of contacts, valuations, metrics, and other relevant factors.
Morgan started his investment career at UBS Financial Services working in a Wealth Management/ Investment Banking hybrid training program. The training brought a wide range of first hand experience working through several facets of the organization, including advisory teams managing assets for high net worth individuals and municipal bonds trading. Following UBS, Morgan transitioned to a Providence-based Registered Investment Advisor as an Investment Consultant. During that time, he worked under the partners of the firm doing fundamental portfolio management.
Morgan graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics in 2005.
GMR Executive Spotlight Q&A –
Full birth name: Morgan C. Paxhia
Title: Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Company: Poseidon Investment Management
Years at current company: 6
Education profile: University of Rhode Island, BS in Applied Mathematics
Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: My professional accomplishment before Poseidon would go back to my entrance into the professional world of finance. I landed a job at UBS in one of their hybrid training programs. This program fast tracked my exposure to the world of finance as we worked through various parts of a large financial institution. My experience was especially memorable as I was on the municipal bond trading desk during the Fall of 2008, the very chaotic period of The Financial Crisis.
Company Mission: Poseidon dedicated its investment focus to the emerging cannabis industry with the launch of our first fund in January 2014. Investing in cannabis requires full time focus, and very active engagement. We are generally growth stage venture investors seeking legitimate companies that provide meaningful value in a highly fragmented, dynamic market.
Company’s most successful achievement: Our investors are our greatest achievement. We are industry leading investors because of their trust and support.
As a result, we have had the opportunity to build the longest running investment track record in cannabis, work with many great companies, and generate very strong returns.
Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): Yes
If so, how much?: Our firm currently has over $140 million in assets under management between our investment strategies.
Any plans on raising capital in the future? Poseidon focuses on making great investments on behalf of our fantastic investors. We will continue to raise and deploy capital in the cannabis industry as long as we continue to have great investment opportunities.
Most important company 5 year goal: Poseidon will be over ten years old and cemented its place in history as a significant contributor to the global cannabis industry.