Exclusives https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/145889 en Exclusive: Cannabis Fund Rainbow Realty Raises $47M, Including $10M From CrowdStreet https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/02/19865825/exclusive-cannabis-fund-rainbow-realty-raises-47m-including-10m-from-crowdstreet <p><strong>Rainbow Realty Group (RRG)</strong>,<strong> </strong>a real estate investment firm focused on the U.S. cannabis industry, has completed a $47 million fundraise, Benzinga has learned.</p> <p>Of that&nbsp;total, $10 million was raised from nearly 200 individual investors&nbsp;via CrowdStreet, a real estate investing online marketplace.</p> <p>The New York-based firm assures this is the first-ever commercial real estate loan and equity investment for a cannabis-focused real estate fund in the U.S.</p> <p>RRG&nbsp;intends to deploy&nbsp;the capital into properties valued between $5 million and $15 million.</p> <h2>An Emerging, Fragmented Market</h2> <p>&ldquo;The cannabis real estate market is emerging yet it remains fragmented,&rdquo;&nbsp;RRG President ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/02/19865825/exclusive-cannabis-fund-rainbow-realty-raises-47m-including-10m-from-crowdstreet alt=Exclusive: Cannabis Fund Rainbow Realty Raises $47M, Including $10M From CrowdStreet>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis cannabis industry marijuana News premium Rainbow realty group REIT Exclusives Markets Real Estate News Cannabis REIT Exclusives Markets Real Estate Benzinga Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:00:03 +0000 Javier Hasse 19865825 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: REE Automotive CEO Daniel Barel On What Makes EV Platform Unique https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19836246/exclusive-ree-automotive-ceo-daniel-barel-on-what-makes-ev-platform-unique <p><strong>REE Automotive</strong> CEO Daniel Barel joined Benzinga&#39;s&nbsp;&quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMM6MQR-JYE">SPACs Attack</a>&quot; show Wednesday to talk about the company&#39;s path to the Nasdaq, the EV market and more.</p> <p><strong>The SPAC Deal:</strong> In early February, REE Automotive, a leader in eMobility, announced a SPAC deal with <strong>10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/vcvc#NASDAQ">VCVC</a>) to go public.</p> <p>The deal will bring $500 million in gross proceeds to REE Automotive. The deal values REE Automotive at $3.1 billion.</p> <p>Shareholders of 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp will own 5.6% of the company if the merger is approved.</p> <p><strong>Barel On Going Public:</strong> Benzinga asked Barel why his company is going public via SPAC.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The reason we decided to go public via SPAC is because you can get much faster to the market, and more importantly, you can choose your running partners,&quot; he said.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>REE Automotive&#39;s Partnerships: </strong>REE Automotive has been working on partnerships with companies like Mitsubishi and Mahindra &amp; Mahindra.</p> <p>The company has been working on creating a strong partnership foundation, Barel said, adding that it&#39;s&nbsp;very important for the company&#39;s long-term ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19836246/exclusive-ree-automotive-ceo-daniel-barel-on-what-makes-ev-platform-unique alt=Exclusive: REE Automotive CEO Daniel Barel On What Makes EV Platform Unique>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> electric vehicles News REE Automotive SPAC SPACs VCVC Exclusives Tech Interview VCVC News Exclusives Tech Interview Benzinga Wed, 24 Feb 2021 22:40:09 +0000 Zoltan Suranyi 19836246 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: Grayscale CEO 'Wouldn't Rule Out' Future Bitcoin ETF Launch In US https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/02/19831137/exclusive-grayscale-ceo-wouldnt-rule-out-future-bitcoin-etf-launch-in-us <p>Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein said the firm would not rule out launching a <strong>Bitcoin&nbsp;</strong>(Crypto: BTC)&nbsp;ETF in the future if the SEC ever grants approval for such a product.</p> <p>Grayscale&nbsp;operates the first publicly quoted <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/topic/bitcoin">Bitcoin</a> investment vehicle via the <strong>Grayscale Bitcoin Trust</strong>&nbsp;(OTCQX: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/gbtc#OTC">GBTC</a>).</p> <p><strong>Sonnenshein On Bitcoin Investments:</strong> While it&#39;s technically not an exchange-traded fund by definition, Grayscale CEO Michael Sonnenshein told Benzinga he believes an eventual ETF launch in the U.S. is likely.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I certainly wouldn&#39;t rule it out,&quot; he said on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1s6zLkFSiM&amp;feature=youtu.be">Benzinga&#39;s PreMarket Prep</a> Wednesday.</p> <p>&quot;I think the important thing to note is that investors aren&#39;t waiting for an ETF. Investors are not sitting on the sidelines and not getting involved in crypto because there isn&#39;t an ETF yet. We&#39;re seeing evermore participation in the market across everything from retail investors all the way to the other end of ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cryptocurrency/21/02/19831137/exclusive-grayscale-ceo-wouldnt-rule-out-future-bitcoin-etf-launch-in-us alt=Exclusive: Grayscale CEO &#039;Wouldn&#039;t Rule Out&#039; Future Bitcoin ETF Launch In US>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> $BTC Bitcoin Cryptocurrency GBTC Grayscale Michael Sonnenshein News PreMarket Prep SQ TSLA Exclusives Markets Interview TSLA US88160R1014 GBTC SQ $BTC News Cryptocurrency Exclusives Markets Interview Benzinga Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:22:38 +0000 Jayson Derrick 19831137 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: Cannabis-Focused Koach Capital Launches $100M Fund, Adds Mitch Kahn To Team https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/02/19807537/exclusive-cannabis-focused-koach-capital-launches-100m-fund-adds-mitch-kahn-to-team <p><strong>Koach Capital</strong> has launched a new $100 million fund, Benzinga has learned.</p> <p>The Michigan-based sale-leaseback provider, focused on retail locations for the cannabis industry, will leverage the success of its first fund to continue to pursue transactions of this nature, building on the more than $40 million it has already invested via its first fund.</p> <p>&ldquo;Fund II will allow us to continue providing sale-leasebacks at even more attractive rates,&rdquo; said founding partner Sandy Kronenberg. &ldquo;Koach has always prided itself on being the best in the business at understanding cannabis property ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/02/19807537/exclusive-cannabis-focused-koach-capital-launches-100m-fund-adds-mitch-kahn-to-team alt=Exclusive: Cannabis-Focused Koach Capital Launches $100M Fund, Adds Mitch Kahn To Team>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis Koach Capital Mitch Kahn News Exclusives Markets News Cannabis Exclusives Markets Benzinga Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:00:11 +0000 Javier Hasse 19807537 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: Blue Apron's CEO On Why Revenue Growth Is Sustainable 'Even Beyond COVID' https://www.benzinga.com/news/earnings/21/02/19804257/exclusive-blue-aprons-ceo-on-why-revenue-growth-is-sustainable-even-beyond-covid <p>Meal kit delivery company <strong>Blue Apron Holdings</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/aprn#NYSE">APRN</a>) recently reported mixed <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/02/b19722893/blue-apron-holdings-inc-reports-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2020-results">fourth-quarter results</a>.</p> <p>A loss of 67 cents per share fell short of the 61-cents-per-share&nbsp;loss expected, while revenue of $115.46 million beat estimates of $110.5&nbsp;million.</p> <p>Following the report, Benzinga had the opportunity to catch up with Blue Apron CEO Linda Findley Kozlowski to recap the fourth quarter and discuss what to expect from the company in 2021.</p> <p><strong>Blue Apron&#39;s Customer Initiatives:</strong> Blue Apron ended its fourth quarter with 353,000 active customers, up from 351,000 last year but down from 357,000 as of the end of September. Meal kit delivery has some seasonality,&nbsp;especially in the fourth quarter, the CEO told Benzinga.</p> <p>Also important to note is that the company acknowledged in its third-quarter earnings report it&#39;s working through challenges in terms of labor availability, and this will impact its ability to address all of the increased demand, she said.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;headwinds&nbsp;became&nbsp;&quot;significantly better&quot; throughout the fourth quarter and into the first quarter of the new year, Findley Kozlowski said.</p> <p>Coupled with a compelling lineup of food choices and a refreshed marketing campaign, Blue Apron is focused on increasing the value and engagement of every customer.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We have been focused ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/earnings/21/02/19804257/exclusive-blue-aprons-ceo-on-why-revenue-growth-is-sustainable-even-beyond-covid alt=Exclusive: Blue Apron&#039;s CEO On Why Revenue Growth Is Sustainable &#039;Even Beyond COVID&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> APRN DIS Earnings food Food Delivery Linda Findley Kozlowski meal kits News Small Cap Management Top Stories Exclusives Interview DIS US2546871060 APRN News Earnings Small Cap Management Top Stories Exclusives Interview Benzinga Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:40:14 +0000 Jayson Derrick 19804257 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: Vislink CEO Talks IP, 5G And Long-Term Plans https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19804949/exclusive-vislink-ceo-talks-ip-5g-and-long-term-plans <p><strong>Vislink Technologies Inc</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/visl#NASDAQ">VISL</a>) is a global technology company that specializes in the collection, delivery&nbsp;and management of live video and data. On Tuesday, Vislink CEO Mickey Miller was a guest on Benzinga&#39;s &quot;Power Hour.&quot;</p> <p><strong>&#39;IP Everywhere&#39;:</strong> Miller was appointed as Vislink CEO in January 2020, and in his one year of leadership, the company has launched more products than it did in the previous five years, he&nbsp;said.</p> <p>The company now has &quot;IP everywhere&quot; video is concerned, from IP that has been in the computer world for more than 20 years to contracts with Bosnia&#39;s military, he said.</p> <p>Vislink continues to focus on expanding ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19804949/exclusive-vislink-ceo-talks-ip-5g-and-long-term-plans alt=Exclusive: Vislink CEO Talks IP, 5G And Long-Term Plans>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> 5G Mickey Miller News Penny Stocks Power Hour video VISL Small Cap Exclusives Interview VISL News Penny Stocks Small Cap Exclusives Interview Benzinga Tue, 23 Feb 2021 22:16:59 +0000 Jayson Derrick 19804949 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: New CareDX CEO Reg Seeto Talks Transplantation Care Provider's Mission, Vision, Growth Drivers https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/21/02/19767404/exclusive-new-caredx-ceo-reg-seeto-talks-transplantation-care-providers-mission-vision-growth-dri <p>Benzinga recently spoke with <strong>CareDx Inc</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/cdna#NASDAQ">CDNA</a>) CEO Reginald Seeto to discuss the diagnostics surveillance solution provider&#39;s business, financials, market opportunity, alliances and future focus areas.</p> <p>Seeto, a pharma industry veteran, took over the reins in November from then-CEO Peter Maag, who transitioned to the role of executive chairman to the board.</p> <p>The company is set to report fourth-quarter results after the close Wednesday.</p> <p><strong>BZ:&nbsp;Tell us what CareDx means for the transplant community and give a brief description about its major projects and other business lines.</strong></p> <p><strong>Seeto:</strong> <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/01/19218036/insider-sells-caredxs-shares"> CareDx </a> has been supporting transplant for more than 20 years. We are the largest dedicated transplant company in the U.S. and also in the world. It&#39;s 100% focus is on transplant. In terms of mission, it is how to improve outcomes, and our vision is to be the leader connecting the different parts of the ecosystem.</p> <p>We play a very important role because transplant is an area, historically, where many companies have come in and out, and I think for us we&#39;re absolutely committed to this space and supporting that patient journey.</p> <p>In terms of our product lines, we have what&#39;s called testing services, which includes AlloSure and AlloMap for heart and kidney patients, and we are expanding to other organs. We also have the products business, and the digital business, which comprises&nbsp;various pieces &mdash; the chief among them is the interface with EMR at centers. And the fourth business line is&nbsp;pharma partnerships.</p> <p><strong>BZ: How strong are&nbsp;CareDx&#39;s international operations?</strong></p> <p><strong>Seeto: </strong>For strategic R&amp;D and manufacturing, we have locations in Australia&nbsp;and Sweden.</p> <p>Secondly, we have an [international] commercial presence. Ex-U.S., the largest commercial presence is in Europe, where we have a direct&nbsp;salesforce. We also have a presence in parts of Asia. More importantly, we also rely on distribution partnerships.</p> <p>Overall, the dominant part of our businesses is in the U.S.</p> <p><strong>BZ: How do you explain CareDx&#39;s resilience in the wake of the pandemic?</strong></p> <p><strong>Seeto: </strong> Our entire strategy moves forward by 18 months. Because we had transplant centers and transplant patients in the middle of COVID in March, we were looking for solutions and options as to how patients could continue monitoring their organ grafts and also how to do it in the way which was convenient and appropriate for them.</p> <p>What we were able to do is establish a direct connection with the patient by offering the service called RemoTraC, which is a mobile phlebotomy service, an offering where testing could still be done, but blood drawn at home. We also introduced other things for patients to connect with them, such as our patient app. It was all built around this connectivity with the patient, with the strong support of centers allowing us to do this.</p> <p><strong>BZ: With restrictions easing further, do you see an acceleration in testing volumes?</strong></p> <p><strong>Seeto: </strong> Yes, we have multiple parts of our testing services that will continue to grow.</p> <p>On the kidney side, we are essentially in more than 70% of the&nbsp;centers in the U.S., and we have more than 55 protocols, which continue to grow quarter-on-quarter. And one in three new patients start on Allosure. So, we have a very strong presence in the transplant center.</p> <p>What we&#39;re seeing during the course of 2021 is that we are now moving into the community, and that will allow for further incremental growth.</p> <p>In terms of the heart space, we&#39;re already in 90% of the centers and used in one in two heart transplant patients.</p> <p>What we saw at the end of last year&nbsp;is our multimodality strategy being validated. Having more ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/21/02/19767404/exclusive-new-caredx-ceo-reg-seeto-talks-transplantation-care-providers-mission-vision-growth-dri alt=Exclusive: New CareDX CEO Reg Seeto Talks Transplantation Care Provider&#039;s Mission, Vision, Growth Drivers>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Allosure Biotech CDNA Covid-19 News Reginald Seeto Health Care Management Top Stories Exclusives Interview General CDNA News Biotech Health Care Management Top Stories Exclusives Interview General Benzinga Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:50:25 +0000 Shanthi Rexaline 19767404 at https://www.benzinga.com 3 Tips For Businesses Looking To Scale In 2021, According To Courtney Lawless https://www.benzinga.com/general/entrepreneurship/21/02/19664161/3-tips-for-businesses-looking-to-scale-in-2021-according-to-courtney-lawless <p>When leading, it helps to think about who you&rsquo;re serving and what&rsquo;s the mission.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s according to Courtney Lawless, a venture capitalist, entrepreneur&nbsp;and tech founder.tw</p> <p>Host of &quot;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-PAC/dp/B08RZ96PSB">Wolf PAC</a>,&quot; a &quot;Shark Tank&quot; alternative filmed in Philadelphia and released on Amazon Prime, Lawless is highly experienced in business.</p> <p>With 18 years in leadership and business strategy, as well as an extensive background in private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, and structuring large business deals, Lawless has identified, developed&nbsp;and scaled businesses to their full potential.</p> <p>In a conversation with Benzinga, Lawless spoke about her origins, as well as tips for success in business and raising funds.</p> <p><strong>Origins, Career Progression: </strong>Early on, Lawless was fortunate to have great mentors.</p> <p>&ldquo;Even as a junior, I had a seat at the table, and was able to ask questions and become confident in what I was thinking and saying,&rdquo; she said in a conversation regarding one mentor who had a servant leadership mindset. &ldquo;He was about who we&rsquo;re serving, and realizing that you work for the employee.&rdquo;</p> <p>Those early experiences were integral in Lawless&rsquo;s career progression; she went on to fundraise and market for the middle market, private equity, real estate, and venture funds.</p> <p>&ldquo;I cut my teeth in the fund world,&rdquo; she told Benzinga. &ldquo;Anything from life sciences to consumer goods and the beauty industry.&rdquo;</p> <p>Alongside her efforts to assist businesses of all sizes to execute strategy, Lawless co-owns and manages <a href="https://moxehub.com/">MoxēHub</a>, a software development technology company.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re really focusing on hyper-automation, and how we can remove as much friction as we can from ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/entrepreneurship/21/02/19664161/3-tips-for-businesses-looking-to-scale-in-2021-according-to-courtney-lawless alt=3 Tips For Businesses Looking To Scale In 2021, According To Courtney Lawless>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Amazon Prime Courtney Lawless entrepreneur MoxēHub ventura capital Wolf PAC Entrepreneurship Movers & Shakers Startups Small Business Exclusives Tech Interview General Entrepreneurship Movers & Shakers Startups Small Business Exclusives Tech Interview General Benzinga Mon, 22 Feb 2021 23:45:26 +0000 Renato Capelj 19664161 at https://www.benzinga.com Market Experts React To GameStop Hearing: 'Congress Needed To Dig Deeper' https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/21/02/19754939/market-experts-react-to-gamestop-hearing-congress-needed-to-dig-deeper <p>The CEOs of Reddit, Robinhood, Citadel Securities and Melvin Capital testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday as part of a Congressional inquiry into extreme volatility in GameStop &mdash; and Robinhood&rsquo;s decision to temporarily limit buying of so-called &ldquo;meme&rdquo; stocks.</p> <p>Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev and Citadel CEO Ken Griffin were also grilled about potential conflicts of interest related to Citadel&rsquo;s payment for order flow (PFOF) from Robinhood and other brokers.</p> <p>The hearing was understandably full of the typical Washington, D.C. grandstanding, but the ultimate fallout from the GameStop fiasco could have a major impact on financial markets if it results in new regulations on short selling, payment for order flow or margin limits for retail traders.</p> <p><em>Related Link: <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/government/21/02/19734627/robinhood-citadel-melvin-capital-ceos-grilled-in-response-to-reddit-hedge-fund-short-squeeze-drama">Robinhood, Citadel, Melvin Capital CEOs Grilled In Response To Reddit, Hedge Fund Short Squeeze Drama</a> </em></p> <p><strong>Political Theater:</strong> Themis Trading&#39;s Joe Saluzzi told Benzinga that he was disappointed with the hearing, as American investors didn&rsquo;t get much insight into what happened with the GameStop trading restrictions and why.</p> <p>The focus was too much on Robinhood and ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/21/02/19754939/market-experts-react-to-gamestop-hearing-congress-needed-to-dig-deeper alt=Market Experts React To GameStop Hearing: &#039;Congress Needed To Dig Deeper&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Analyst Color citadel securities David Trainer Dennis Dick GME Government Joe Saluzzi Ken Griffin Melvin Capital New Constructs News Reddit Regulations Robinhood Themis trading Vladimir Tenev Politics Events Exclusives Markets Analyst Ratings Interview General GME US36467W1099 News Analyst Color Government Regulations Politics Events Exclusives Markets Analyst Ratings Interview General Benzinga Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:50:14 +0000 Wayne Duggan 19754939 at https://www.benzinga.com 'Pitching Is Like Trading' And Other Thoughts From 2-Time World Series Champ Todd Stottlemyre https://www.benzinga.com/general/movers-shakers/21/02/19749937/pitching-is-like-trading-and-other-thoughts-from-2-time-world-series-champ-todd-stottlemyr <p>Todd Stottlemyre, two-time Major League Baseball World Series champion and author of the book, &quot;The Observer: A Modern Fable on Mastering Your Thoughts &amp; Emotions,&rdquo; joined Benzinga&rsquo;s &quot;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKNY4uC__rw&amp;feature=emb_logo">Peak Performance</a>&quot;&nbsp;earlier this week.</p> <p>Stottylemyre discussed the techniques he uses to stay in a winning mindset and the importance of mental and physical health in work, investing and personal life.</p> <p><strong>Championship Hour:</strong> Stottylemyre detailed his morning routine and why he calls the first hour of every day the &ldquo;championship hour.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I named it the championship hour because it&rsquo;s all about building the champion that lives inside of you. I believe we&rsquo;re all born with a seed of greatness,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Stottylemyre starts his day with 25 ounces of water to hydrate his body, and then heads to his office with a cup of coffee to write his new ideas in a journal.</p> <p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s power when you write your goals down every day. You keep sending it out there&nbsp;that&rsquo;s what I want to achieve, that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m chasing, that&rsquo;s what I&rsquo;m pursuing,&rdquo; Stottylemyre said.</p> <p>He then moves on to his home gym and spends about ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/movers-shakers/21/02/19749937/pitching-is-like-trading-and-other-thoughts-from-2-time-world-series-champ-todd-stottlemyr alt=&#039;Pitching Is Like Trading&#039; And Other Thoughts From 2-Time World Series Champ Todd Stottlemyre>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> baseball book Peak Performance Movers & Shakers Psychology Sports Top Stories Exclusives Media Trading Ideas Interview General Movers & Shakers Psychology Sports Top Stories Exclusives Media Trading Ideas Interview General Benzinga Fri, 19 Feb 2021 17:51:44 +0000 Wayne Duggan 19749937 at https://www.benzinga.com Navy Vet Antoinette Wade Launches New CBD Brand Focused On Support And Empowerment https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/02/19638785/navy-vet-antoinette-wade-launches-new-cbd-brand-focused-on-support-and-empowerment <p>The CBD sector is rife with competition as new brands and startups hustle for&nbsp;the largest market share.</p> <p>The latest entrant in the space is&nbsp;Antoinette Wade. But she&nbsp;doesn&#39;t exactly have the same agenda.</p> <p>The 11-year Navy veteran hopes to use the revenue generated from her newly launched&nbsp;<strong>Gratitude Blossom&nbsp;</strong>to help fund a collective that aims to help fellow veterans, the disabled and terminally ill.</p> <p>The goal is to provide individuals with an alternative, natural option to treat their medical needs &mdash; just as Wade has done herself &mdash; while also&nbsp;providing&nbsp;a community of support and empowerment, first online, and eventually through the San Diego store.</p> <p>&quot;A lot of times, we have illnesses that aren&#39;t addressed, or we&#39;re afraid to address them,&quot; Wade says.</p> <p>Launched earlier this month, Gratitude Blossom&#39;s&nbsp;focus is on garnering the attention of women veterans like herself.&nbsp;Wade also hopes to use CBD to further support&nbsp;those like her who have suffered from&nbsp;combat-related medical conditions.</p> <p>Women are often expected to &quot;do more to stand out&quot; while keeping emotions in ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/21/02/19638785/navy-vet-antoinette-wade-launches-new-cbd-brand-focused-on-support-and-empowerment alt=Navy Vet Antoinette Wade Launches New CBD Brand Focused On Support And Empowerment>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis cannabis industry cannabis sales CBD Gratitude Blossom News Entrepreneurship Success Stories Startups Exclusives Markets Interview General News Cannabis Entrepreneurship Success Stories Startups Exclusives Markets Interview General Benzinga Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:08:11 +0000 Andrew Ward 19638785 at https://www.benzinga.com Fintech Spotlight: How Morpher Lets You Buy Apple, On A Weekend, With As Little As $1 https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/21/02/19742212/fintech-spotlight-how-morpher-lets-you-buy-apple-on-a-weekend-with-as-little-as-1 <p>When typically discussed, blockchain lacks a utility component.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what <strong><a href="https://www.morpher.com/">Morpher</a> </strong>CEO Martin Fr&ouml;hler is looking to change. Fr&ouml;hler is a mathematician, with a background in quantitative finance, specializing in research and trading algorithms. After founding a decentralized quantitative hedge fund in Silicon Valley, Martin co-developed the <a href="https://www.morpher.com/docs/morpher_whitepaper.pdf">Morpher Protocol</a> to replicate the trading of any market, on the blockchain, without actually trading underlying assets.</p> <p>In the simplest way, Morpher cuts out the middleman -- brokers, exchanges, and counterparties -- allowing market participants the ability to trade assets, with infinite liquidity, on an incorruptible protocol. The solution cuts the costs associated with fixed liquidity, enabling participants, globally, to transact any asset, fractionally, with leverage and no fees.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our goal is to democratize trading and investing as a whole,&rdquo; the CEO said. &ldquo;Morpher provides global access to anyone who trades on limited markets, with infinite liquidity.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Why It Matters: </strong>Today&rsquo;s financial markets are unfair due to regulations and incentive structures. In playing by the rules, nearly 90% of the world&rsquo;s population is excluded from financial markets.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the gap Fr&ouml;hler is looking to bridge with Morpher.</p> <p>&ldquo;The only way to really give anyone the opportunity to participate in markets is via blockchain,&rdquo; Fr&ouml;hler said in a statement on the drive for yield at a time of low or negative rates, and capital injections. &ldquo;We virtualize real-world ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/21/02/19742212/fintech-spotlight-how-morpher-lets-you-buy-apple-on-a-weekend-with-as-little-as-1 alt=Fintech Spotlight: How Morpher Lets You Buy Apple, On A Weekend, With As Little As $1>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AAPL Blockchain DeFi Fintech GME Martin Fröhler Morpher Exclusives Interview AAPL US0378331005 GME US36467W1099 Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:25:12 +0000 Renato Capelj 19742212 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: Resonant CEO On Role In 5G Development: 'We're Basically Arms Dealers To The Filter Business' https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19665392/exclusive-resonant-ceo-on-role-in-5g-development-were-basically-arms-dealers-to-the-filter-business <p>The future of 5G service is as expansive as the imagination, but the key to opening this future could be the size of a grain of sand.</p> <p>Santa Barbara, California-based startup <strong>Resonant Inc.</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/resn#NASDAQ">RESN</a>) could be the catalyst for 5G&rsquo;s future via its patented radio frequency (RF) filters, which are widely known as a component embedded into a smartphone.</p> <p>To explain how these filters will shape the 5G environment, Benzinga spoke with Resonant Chairman and CEO George Holmes and &lrm;Vice President of Corporate Business Development and Product Marketing Mike Eddy.</p> <p><strong>BZ: For the benefit of those who are not familiar with your company, can you please tell us about your technology and where it fits in the 5G environment?</strong></p> <p><strong>Holmes:</strong> This is kind of a quick Cliff Notes version of what Resonant is and what we do. We have an ISN software tool that allows us to develop very complex RF filters, particularly being designed and targeted for mobile applications. We find them going into lots of different applications, in particular driven by 5G and what&#39;s happening in WiFi 6 and 6e categories.</p> <p>From an IP perspective, we have over 350 patents filed and issued, and over 100 are targeted specifically at 5G. Because of 5G, we&#39;ve leveraged our software tools to invent some pretty interesting technology. One of the big things about 5G is having very wide pipes &mdash;&nbsp;we&#39;re trying to get the devices to do virtual reality, high-definition videos, and get lots of data into our phones very, very quickly.</p> <p>The historical, embedded technologies that have enabled 4G won&#39;t work in 5G &mdash;&nbsp;they can&#39;t get there and kind of run out of gas when you get to these higher frequencies. We&#39;ve got this next generation filter technology that puts us in the right place at the right time.</p> <p><strong>What is filter technology as it relates to 5G?</strong></p> <p><strong>Holmes:</strong> If you look at these huge pipes coming to your phone and all of the different data types &mdash;&nbsp;whether it be GPS, RFID, WiFi, Bluetooth or all the different types of cellular signals &mdash;&nbsp;they&#39;re all out there colliding.</p> <p>What you have with filters are little fences that actually keep signals in the proper lane on the highway. If you think about, the data pipe coming to your phone started out as a 10-lane highway and is now a 100-lane highway, and all of these little filters break this up and deliver data to where it&#39;s supposed to be in your phone.</p> <p><strong>What does it mean to a user when the filter isn&#39;t working properly?</strong></p> <p><strong>Holmes:</strong> Well, we&#39;ve all had this experience, but we just didn&#39;t know what it was. Our phone starts getting hot when we&#39;re talking ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19665392/exclusive-resonant-ceo-on-role-in-5g-development-were-basically-arms-dealers-to-the-filter-business alt=Exclusive: Resonant CEO On Role In 5G Development: &#039;We&#039;re Basically Arms Dealers To The Filter Business&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> 5G George Holmes MRAAY RESN wifi Small Cap Top Stories Exclusives Tech Interview MRAAY RESN Small Cap Top Stories Exclusives Tech Interview Benzinga Fri, 19 Feb 2021 12:30:18 +0000 Phil Hall 19665392 at https://www.benzinga.com Virgin Galactic Denies Rumor Of Space Launch This Weekend https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19732599/virgin-galactic-denies-rumor-of-space-launch-this-weekend <p>Shares of <strong>Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/spce#NYSE">SPCE</a>) gave up most of its Thursday gains after a company spokesperson told Benzinga there was no truth to a circulating rumor.</p> <p>Shares of Virgin Galactic <a ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/21/02/19732599/virgin-galactic-denies-rumor-of-space-launch-this-weekend alt=Virgin Galactic Denies Rumor Of Space Launch This Weekend>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> News space Space Travel SPCE Rumors Exclusives SPCE News Rumors Exclusives Benzinga Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:45:38 +0000 Jayson Derrick 19732599 at https://www.benzinga.com Exclusive: Achronix, Ace Convergence CEOs Talk SPAC Deal: 'A Broad Range Of Applications' https://www.benzinga.com/news/small-cap/21/02/19710411/exclusive-achronix-ace-convergence-ceos-talk-spac-deal-a-broad-range-of-applications <p>California-based fabless chip company Achronix Semiconductor announced in <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/21/01/b19068122/achronix-to-list-on-nasdaq-through-merger-with-ace-convergence">early January</a> a reverse merger agreement with the special purpose acquisition company <strong>Ace Convergence Acquisition Corp.</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/acev#NASDAQ">ACEV</a>).</p> <p>On Wednesday&#39;s edition of Benzinga&#39;s show &quot;SPACs Attack,&quot; Benzinga writer and&nbsp;co-host Chris Katje had the opportunity to interview both Achronix CEO Robert Blake and Ace Convergence CEO Behrooz Abdi.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/mmksmL5potg" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The SPAC Route:</strong> Achronix was in the very early stages of a traditional initial public offering in the fourth quarter of 2020 but ultimately proceeded with a SPAC deal, Blake said.</p> <p>Abdi and Ace Convergence were able to offer &quot;domain expertise&quot; in the data acceleration space for AI and machine learning applications, he ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/small-cap/21/02/19710411/exclusive-achronix-ace-convergence-ceos-talk-spac-deal-a-broad-range-of-applications alt=Exclusive: Achronix, Ace Convergence CEOs Talk SPAC Deal: &#039;A Broad Range Of Applications&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACEV Achronix Behrooz Abdi chips Robert Blake SPAC Small Cap Exclusives Tech Media Interview ACEV Small Cap Exclusives Tech Media Interview Benzinga Wed, 17 Feb 2021 21:31:18 +0000 Jayson Derrick 19710411 at https://www.benzinga.com