Interview https://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/125566 en 'Empowering Ecosystem': Splice Celebrates Artists Earning $25M On Its Music Creation And Collaboration Platform https://www.benzinga.com/success-stories/20/02/15386214/empowering-ecosystem-splice-celebrates-artists-earning-25m-on-its-music-creation-and-collaboratio <p>Earlier this month, music production and collaboration service <strong>Splice </strong>announced that artists who distributed samples through its platform earned over $25 million. CEO Steve Martocci spoke with Benzinga regarding this milestone and plans to further expand the business.</p> <h3>Software Meets Music</h3> <p>Splice is a marketplace for music samples that also enables creators the ability to piece together, share, and collaborate over tracks.</p> <p>GroupMe founder Martocci, alongside CTO Matt Aimonetti, started the company to help democratize the music-making process. Martocci said his lifelong passion was music and computers.</p> <p>&quot;For me, I made music, but -- really -- code was my canvas,&quot; he said. &quot;That&rsquo;s where my art really shined.&quot;</p> <p>After founding GroupMe, Martocci decided to hone in and leverage his coding skills to extend the ecosystem of software to music.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re in this beautiful time where this revolution has occurred and the laptop is the world&rsquo;s primary instrument. So, the ability to create and finish music, without needing to buy thousands of dollars of studio gear, and -- you know -- get[ting] ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/success-stories/20/02/15386214/empowering-ecosystem-splice-celebrates-artists-earning-25m-on-its-music-creation-and-collaboratio alt=&#039;Empowering Ecosystem&#039;: Splice Celebrates Artists Earning $25M On Its Music Creation And Collaboration Platform>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> GroupME Karra Matt Aimonetti Splice Steve Martocci Success Stories Startups Exclusives Tech Interview Success Stories Startups Exclusives Tech Interview Benzinga Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:00:06 +0000 Renato Capelj 15386214 at https://www.benzinga.com Interactive Brokers Launches Bond Marketplace, Scanner https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15376879/interactive-brokers-launches-bond-marketplace-scanner <p>Last week, trading technology and brokerage service <strong>Interactive Brokers Group, Inc.</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ibkr#NASDAQ">IBKR</a>) introduced a bond scanning tool to help clients and non-clients find better pricing. Steve Sanders, EVP Marketing and Product Development, spoke with Benzinga regarding the new tool and plans to further expand the IBKR product portfolio.</p> <h3>Background</h3> <p>Initially an options market making firm, Interactive Brokers Group is a deep-discount electronic access broker for online equity, options, futures and forex trading.</p> <p>The company&#39;s core mission is to &ldquo;Create technology to provide liquidity on better terms. Compete on price, speed, size, diversity of global products and advanced trading tools.&rdquo;</p> <h3>What&rsquo;s New?</h3> <p>On the heels of IBKR&rsquo;s launch of a commission-free stock and ETF&nbsp;trading solution, IBKR Lite, the firm is now taking on ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15376879/interactive-brokers-launches-bond-marketplace-scanner alt=Interactive Brokers Launches Bond Marketplace, Scanner>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Bond Scanner Fintech IBKR IBKR Interactive Brokers Interview IBKR US45841N1072 Fintech Interview Benzinga Fri, 21 Feb 2020 14:44:43 +0000 Renato Capelj 15376879 at https://www.benzinga.com Tim Seymour Compares Aurora Cannabis And Canopy Growth, Sees Path To Profitability https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/20/02/15377626/tim-seymour-compares-aurora-cannabis-and-canopy-growth-sees-path-to-profitability <p>Tim Seymour, CIO of Seymour Asset Management and co-host of CNBC&#39;s &quot;Fast Money,&quot; joined <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z0maVX_QE0">Benzinga&rsquo;s PreMarket Prep on Thursday</a>, ahead of his appearance at the <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/events/cannabis/miami/">Cannabis Capital Conference</a> Feb. 24-25. He discussed the current situation in the cannabis space and compared and contrasted <strong>Canopy Growth Corp</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/cgc#NYSE">CGC</a>) and <strong>Aurora Cannabis Inc</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/acb#NYSE">ACB</a>) after the companies reported <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15338226/tim-seymour-on-canopy-growths-earnings-a-huge-exhale">mixed earnings</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Aurora continues to see deceleration in their top line and their profitability, and frankly their gross margin. And I think people are a bit concerned about continued impairments and where the balance sheet is going to need some fortification,&rdquo; Seymour said.</p> <p>Canopy, on the other hand, doesn&rsquo;t have the same kind of balance sheet issues.</p> <p>&ldquo;I think the most important thing to say [about Canopy] is that they&rsquo;ve got a management team that has taken the helm. So people talk about 2.0 in terms ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/20/02/15377626/tim-seymour-compares-aurora-cannabis-and-canopy-growth-sees-path-to-profitability alt=Tim Seymour Compares Aurora Cannabis And Canopy Growth, Sees Path To Profitability>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACB Analyst Color Cannabis CGC CNBS PreMarket Prep Seymour Asset Management Tim Seymour Markets Analyst Ratings Interview CGC ACB CNBS Analyst Color Cannabis Markets Analyst Ratings Interview Benzinga Thu, 20 Feb 2020 19:48:46 +0000 Wayne Duggan 15377626 at https://www.benzinga.com 'Extremely Accurate': Transparent Traders Adds Option Activity, News And Catalyst Data To Algorithmic Trading System https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15367222/extremely-accurate-transparent-traders-adds-option-activity-news-and-catalyst-data-to-algorithmic-tr <p>Transparent Traders, an algorithmic trading system and community of investors, recently added real-time options flow, news and price-action catalyst data to their product portfolio. In observance of the development, founder James Mason spoke with Benzinga regarding the firm&rsquo;s prospects.</p> <h3>What Is It?</h3> <p>Transparent Traders is a community for learning, executing, and sharing ideas. The idea behind Transparent Traders came out of frustration.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was tired of seeing scammers take advantage of traders,&rdquo; said Mason. &ldquo;I wanted to create a community where traders could -- you know -- be protected from people wanting to sell them something, instead of teaching.&rdquo;</p> <p>As the community grew, Mason created free courses on trading techniques and found that many in ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15367222/extremely-accurate-transparent-traders-adds-option-activity-news-and-catalyst-data-to-algorithmic-tr alt=&#039;Extremely Accurate&#039;: Transparent Traders Adds Option Activity, News And Catalyst Data To Algorithmic Trading System>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Algorithmic Trading Fintech James Mason otc Transparent Traders Futures Exclusives Markets Interview Fintech Futures Exclusives Markets Interview Benzinga Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:30:26 +0000 Renato Capelj 15367222 at https://www.benzinga.com More Consolidation In The Brokerage Space: PreMarket Prep Recap For Feb. 20, 2020 https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15376509/more-consolidation-in-the-brokerage-space-premarket-prep-recap-for-feb-20-2020 <p>The big news on Thursday is <strong>Morgan Stanley&rsquo;s </strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/ms#NYSE">MS</a>) <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/m-a/20/02/15373412/morgan-stanley-to-buy-e-trade-for-13b">deal to acquire</a> <strong>E*Trade Financial Corp</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/etfc#NASDAQ">ETFC</a>) for $13 billion, or $58.74 per share. This marks the second major acquisition on the retail brokerage industry in the last four months, to go along with <strong>Charles Schwab&rsquo;s</strong> (NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/schw#NYSE">SCHW</a>) acquisition of<strong> TD Ameritrade </strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/amtd#NASDAQ">AMTD</a>) in November.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is not surprising at all,&rdquo; PreMarket Prep co-host Dennis Dick said on Thursday&rsquo;s show. &ldquo;E-Trade was the target that was left. The only one left now maybe is Interactive Brokers, but I&rsquo;m not sure they have as much customer base as E-Trade or Ameritrade, so I&rsquo;m not sure they&rsquo;re as attractive.&rdquo;</p> <p>The all-stock transaction is the largest takeover of a financial firm since the 2008 crisis. Shares of both companies immediately reacted to the news, with MS trading down as much as 6% and ETFC shares trading up near the takeover price.</p> <p>&ldquo;When you saw Ameritrade go off the board, you figured eventually probably E-Trade is going to be the next target,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So people are rewarded, if they were speculating, four months after the fact.&rdquo;</p> <p>For the full discussion on the deal <a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=184">click here</a>.</p> <h3>Other Stocks Discussed On The Show</h3> <p>Some of the stocks also discussed include, with technical levels provided by Joel:</p> <h3>Featured Guests</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Stamps.com Inc</strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/stmp#NASDAQ">STMP</a>) (<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=721">click here</a>)</li> <li><strong>L Brands Inc</strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/lb#NYSE">LB</a>) (<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=845">click here</a>)</li> <li><strong>Enphase Energy Inc</strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/enph#NASDAQ">ENPH</a>) (<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=1136">click here</a>)</li> <li><strong>Domino&rsquo;s Pizza, Inc</strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/dpz#NYSE">DPZ</a>) (<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=1900">click here</a>)</li> <li><strong>Zillow Group</strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/z#NASDAQ">Z</a>) (<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=2829">click here</a>)</li> <li><strong>Six Flags Entertainment Corp</strong>(NYSE: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/six#NYSE">SIX</a>)(<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=2911">click here</a>)</li> <li><strong>Solaredge Technologies Inc</strong>(NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/sedg#NASDAQ">SEDG</a>) (<a href="https://youtu.be/6Z0maVX_QE0?t=3334">click here</a>)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marc Chaikin, Founder of Chaikin Analytics</strong></p> <p><strong>Guest Bio</strong>After ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15376509/more-consolidation-in-the-brokerage-space-premarket-prep-recap-for-feb-20-2020 alt=More Consolidation In The Brokerage Space: PreMarket Prep Recap For Feb. 20, 2020>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Alan Brochstein AMTD Cannabis Dennis Dick ETFC Joel Elconin Michael Salaman MS PreMarket Prep SCHW Tim Seymour Short Ideas Technicals Markets Trading Ideas Interview AMTD US87236Y1082 ETFC US2692464017 SCHW US8085131055 MS US6174464486 Cannabis Short Ideas Technicals Markets Trading Ideas Interview Benzinga Thu, 20 Feb 2020 17:01:14 +0000 Spencer Israel 15376509 at https://www.benzinga.com A Snapshot Of America's Medical Marijuana Markets: California https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15280535/a-snapshot-of-americas-medical-marijuana-markets-california <p>California is rightfully regarded as one of the trailblazers in American cannabis legalization. Like most to forge an ambitious path, the effort often leaves examples of what to follow and what to avoid.</p> <h3>The 90s And Cannabis</h3> <p>Medical cannabis legalization first came to America through California in 1996. Adult use laws were legalized 20 years later, with sales beginning on New Year&#39;s Day 2018.</p> <p>Through the first year of adult-use sales, the state saw $2.5 billion in recreational purchases, while medical generated $400,000, according to BDS Analytics data.</p> <p>By 2024, the cannabis data firm forecast&nbsp;the state medical market will reach $22 million in sales, compared to adult use&#39;s $7.2 billion.</p> <p>Despite California&rsquo;s notoriety in the industry, its hopeful growth prospects and staggering sales figures, the state continues to underperform its own expectations.</p> <p>In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom lowered expectations for cannabis excise taxes from $514 million to $359 million in 2020.</p> <p>Concerns are lingering in a market where the state struggles to convert the longstanding illicit market into legal operators.</p> <p><em><strong><a href="https://www.benzinga.com/events/cannabis/">Benzinga&#39;s Cannabis Capital Conference</a></strong>&nbsp;returns to Miami Feb. 24-25 with North America&#39;s largest B2B cannabis gathering, bringing together capital, cannabis executives, thought leaders and more!</em></p> <h3>Tax, Man</h3> <p>With high taxes, varying local laws and a preference for the old way of operating, many appear to empathize with those not willing to join the legal marketplace.</p> <p>Though the mainstream market continues to struggle with illicit operators, the state generated $61.4 million from its excise tax during the first quarter of 2019, due by April 30, 2019. Its cultivation tax brought in $16.8 million during the same period.</p> <p>As the state embarks on year three of its adult-use marketplace, some contend that the medical market is fading away.</p> <p>Alex Traverso, chief of communications for the state&#39;s Bureau of Cannabis Control, told Benzinga that doesn&#39;t appear to be the case.</p> <p>&quot;The challenge there is to do all we can to make sure that retail continues to focus on patients and give them proper guidance on products that can help their conditions,&quot; Traverso said when asked about the impact adult use has on California&#39;s medical market.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Room For Medical At ...</h3><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15280535/a-snapshot-of-americas-medical-marijuana-markets-california alt=A Snapshot Of America&#039;s Medical Marijuana Markets: California>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BDS Analytics Cannabis Ganja Goddess Gavin Newsom Harbor Collective Headset Humboldt Seed Co. Jocelyn Sheltraw Nat Pennington News Weedmaps Zachary Pitts Markets Interview News Cannabis Markets Interview Benzinga Wed, 19 Feb 2020 21:36:04 +0000 Andrew Ward 15280535 at https://www.benzinga.com How This California Couple Retired In Their 40s Using FIRE https://www.benzinga.com/general/education/20/02/15350059/how-this-california-couple-retired-in-their-40s-using-fire <p>Amon and Christina Browning amassed over $2 million in just eight years. They&rsquo;re 40 and 42, have two kids and saved a chunk of their cash by hustling side income.</p> <p>Those factors, plus a little creativity, were the kindling for their FIRE ingredients to crackle to life.</p> <h3><strong>FIRE Up</strong></h3> <p>Amon and Christina are part of the FIRE movement, though they started saving aggressively before they really even knew what FIRE was.</p> <p>&ldquo;People still don&rsquo;t really understand how you live off your portfolio in FIRE,&rdquo; says Amon.</p> <p>The FIRE trend involves saving aggressively &mdash; approximately 50% to 75% of yearly income &mdash; and retiring once you&rsquo;ve saved 25 to 40 times your annual expenses.</p> <p>The Brownings credit a can-do mindset, an $800 car, side hustles and teaching themselves financial literacy so they could dub themselves what Amon calls &ldquo;the cubicle millionaires next door.&rdquo; They now live in Portugal and embrace a freer lifestyle. It involves plenty of walks, beach time, learning Portuguese and watching their two girls grow up.</p> <p>&ldquo;Just the other day, our youngest daughter wanted to have all her friends over from school during lunchtime. For us, that&rsquo;s over three hours of prep time and getting all the kids lunch. That&#39;s something we would never be able to do during a regular workday,&rdquo; says Christina.</p> <p>Amon says the couple is &quot;able to really slow down and savor things.&quot;<br /> <img alt="" src="https://cdn1.benzinga.com/files/u144887/screen_shot_2020-02-17_at_2.55.25_pm.png" style="height:529px; width:700px" /></p> <h3>Deciding to Blaze a New Trail &mdash; Using FIRE</h3> <p>FIRE, which stands for &ldquo;Financial Independence, Retire Early,&rdquo; became <a href="https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/fire-movement-what-to-know-extreme-savings">popular among millennials</a> during the last decade.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Brownings didn&rsquo;t set out to be mega-savers. In fact, 10 years ago, they saved about 10% of their income each year and went through life like most Americans.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were just going to work and coming home. We were just basically in the rat race. We weren&#39;t being intentional, we didn&#39;t have a plan, we were just kind of going with the flow,&rdquo; says Amon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amon says the FIRE spark ignited the day he won a service award. He&rsquo;d been working for the federal government for about 10 years and he and another individual accepted a &ldquo;thanks for your service&rdquo; award. The other man had been on the job for 30 or 40 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;They just handed the award to me like it was nothing, and that night I went home to Christina and I said, &lsquo;I just can&#39;t see myself at work another ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/education/20/02/15350059/how-this-california-couple-retired-in-their-40s-using-fire alt=How This California Couple Retired In Their 40s Using FIRE>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Amon Browning Christina Browning Fire UBER Education Entrepreneurship Top Stories Success Stories Exclusives Personal Finance Interview General UBER Education Entrepreneurship Top Stories Success Stories Exclusives Personal Finance Interview General Benzinga Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:50:52 +0000 Melissa Brock 15350059 at https://www.benzinga.com Women In Trucking President Offers Advice For Attracting Women To The Industry https://www.benzinga.com/news/20/02/15366299/women-in-trucking-president-offers-advice-for-attracting-women-to-the-industry <p>When Ellen Voie, then Manager of Recruiting and Retention Programs at Schneider National, was given the task of attracting non-traditional groups of people, she jumped at the opportunity to introduce more women to trucking. Voie&#039;s efforts quickly drew traction industry-wide and in 2007 she founded the Women in Trucking Association.</p> <p><iframe height="360" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/392466924?autoplay=1&amp;title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;muted=1" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>Voie sat down with FreightWaves CEO Craig Fuller on this episode of the FreightWavesTV show "Fuller Speed Ahead" to discuss the industry&#039;s growing number of female drivers and the best practices for attracting women to trucking, a male-dominated occupation.</p> <p>"Women look at the trucking industry and don&#039;t picture themselves in it," Voie said. "They don&#039;t picture themselves as a safety director or owning a trucking company ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/20/02/15366299/women-in-trucking-president-offers-advice-for-attracting-women-to-the-industry alt=Women In Trucking President Offers Advice For Attracting Women To The Industry>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Freight Freightwaves Logistics News Supply Chain trucking Interview General News Interview General Benzinga Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:29:02 +0000 FreightWaves 15366299 at https://www.benzinga.com ChartIQ Expands Platform, Adds Post-Trade Analytics Solutions: 'The Bigger Picture' https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15349744/chartiq-expands-platform-adds-post-trade-analytics-solutions-the-bigger-picture <p>In a move to further transparency in financial markets, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based fintech, ChartIQ, <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15270360/chartiq-intros-post-trade-visualization-for-trade-reconstruction">announced</a> the introduction of Post-Trade Visualization, an analysis solution that improves decision making for traders, analysts and compliance officers.</p> <p>CEO Dan Schleifer&nbsp;spoke with Benzinga regarding his firm&rsquo;s role in disrupting the&nbsp;trade analytics space.</p> <h3>About ChartIQ</h3> <p>Founded in 2012, ChartIQ offers a holistic HTML5 charting and data visualization solution for brokerages, traders, institutions and platforms.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been known as the pre-trade charting and technical analysis that powers your ETrades and Yahoo! Finances,&rdquo; said Schleifer.</p> <p>Alongside its visual tools, ChartIQ leverages partnerships with Xignite, Estimize and Trading Central, among others, to help clarify&nbsp;happenings in the market.</p> <h3>Why ChartIQ?</h3> <p>&ldquo;We live in a world of too much data,&rdquo; the CEO siad.&nbsp;</p> <p>ChartIQ clears the picture; the firm&rsquo;s technology enables deep insight into the market at millisecond intervals.</p> <p>&ldquo;We ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15349744/chartiq-expands-platform-adds-post-trade-analytics-solutions-the-bigger-picture alt=ChartIQ Expands Platform, Adds Post-Trade Analytics Solutions: &#039;The Bigger Picture&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ChartIQ Dan Schleifer Estimize ETrade Fintech HTML5 Reuters Xignite Yahoo Finance Interview Fintech Interview Benzinga Wed, 19 Feb 2020 16:43:07 +0000 Renato Capelj 15349744 at https://www.benzinga.com VTV Therapeutics 'Close To The Finish Line' On What FDA, Diabetes Patients Want: An Adjunct Therapy To Insulin https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/20/02/15336824/vtv-therapeutics-close-to-the-finish-line-on-what-fda-diabetes-patients-want-an-adjunct-therapy-t <p>Steve Holcombe transitioned from telecom to biotech back when <strong>vTv Therapeutics Inc</strong> (NASDAQ: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/vtvt#NASDAQ">VTVT</a>) was just a startup. Now, 18 years in, he&rsquo;s finally seeing the fruits of his labor.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re getting close to the finish line,&rdquo; Holcombe, the CEO of VTV, told Benzinga. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re getting close to a therapy that we think the FDA would like to see, that the patient population would like to see.&rdquo;</p> <h3>VTV&rsquo;s Lead Program</h3> <p>The therapy he refers to is VTV&rsquo;s TTP339, an insulin-adjunct therapy for Type 1 diabetics. In mid-February, the company reported <a href="https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/20/02/15289479/vtv-therapeutics-shares-hit-multi-year-highs-after-diabetes-drug-aces-midphase-study">positive results</a> from the drug&rsquo;s Phase 2 trial.</p> <p>TTP339 was initially designed for Type 2 diabetes, but after running a successful Phase 2 trial, VTV decided that the Type 2 market was too crowded and cost-competitive &mdash;&nbsp;and starting a Phase 3 trial would be expensive.</p> <p>&ldquo;We turned our attention to the Type 1 market, where all they have is insulin,&rdquo; Holcombe said, noting&nbsp;a dearth of competition.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the past several years, the only advancements have been in technology &mdash; insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors. Diabetic patients are looking for other therapies to take alongside insulin to get to target levels during the day.&rdquo;</p> <p>In the recent study, the drug met the FDA&rsquo;s highest requirement for approval by lowering hemoglobin A1c levels. It also reduced the quantity of insulin patients were taking, kept patients in sweet-spot glucose levels longer ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/general/biotech/20/02/15336824/vtv-therapeutics-close-to-the-finish-line-on-what-fda-diabetes-patients-want-an-adjunct-therapy-t alt=VTV Therapeutics &#039;Close To The Finish Line&#039; On What FDA, Diabetes Patients Want: An Adjunct Therapy To Insulin>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> alzheimer's Azeliragon Biotech Diabetes Steve Holcombe TTP339 VTVT Health Care Top Stories Exclusives Interview General VTVT Biotech Health Care Top Stories Exclusives Interview General Benzinga Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:48:46 +0000 Elizabeth Balboa 15336824 at https://www.benzinga.com 'Investing For Africans': Bamboo Unlocks Access To US-, Nigerian-Listed Securities https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15358657/investing-for-africans-bamboo-unlocks-access-to-us-nigerian-listed-securities <p><a href="https://investbamboo.com/">Bamboo</a>, an investment&nbsp;app that provides Africans real-time access to U.S.&nbsp;stocks and ETFs, recently reached 20,000 users. In observance of the development, co-founders Richmond Bassey and Yanmo Omorogbe spoke with Benzinga regarding the firm&rsquo;s prospects.</p> <h3>What Is It?</h3> <p>Bamboo is a new entrant in the&nbsp;fractional trading space; since launching last November, the firm has processed over a million dollars in trades.</p> <p>The idea behind Bamboo emerged from an inaccessibility issue.</p> <p>&quot;We wanted to invest in the U.S. stock market, but realized we couldn&#39;t,&quot; said Bassey. &quot;About 15 months later we launched Bamboo, allowing Nigerians to access the U.S. market instantly from any device.&quot;</p> <p>The firm&rsquo;s core offering includes:</p> <ul> <li>U.S. and Nigerian securities</li> <li>Fractional share trading</li> <li>Portfolio tracking</li> <li>Market and limit orders</li> <li>News and fundamental data</li> <li>Technical analysis ...</li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/fintech/20/02/15358657/investing-for-africans-bamboo-unlocks-access-to-us-nigerian-listed-securities alt=&#039;Investing For Africans&#039;: Bamboo Unlocks Access To US-, Nigerian-Listed Securities>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AAPL AMZN Bamboo FB Fintech Richmond Bassey Yanmo Omorogbe Exclusives Interview AAPL US0378331005 AMZN US0231351067 FB Fintech Exclusives Interview Benzinga Wed, 19 Feb 2020 13:40:31 +0000 Renato Capelj 15358657 at https://www.benzinga.com Green Peak Innovations Expands Cannabis Retail To West Michigan: 'We Take A Measured Approach' https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15355441/green-peak-innovations-expands-cannabis-retail-to-west-michigan-we-take-a-measured-approach <p>Recreational pot shops are opening outside the Michigan industry&rsquo;s Ann Arbor epicenter. On Feb. 13, Green Peak Innovations opened its second adult-use store in the state with a White Cloud location.</p> <p>&ldquo;With proximity to Grand Rapids and an enthusiastic local community and government, we are thrilled to offer recreational products to customers throughout the area,&rdquo; said Green Peak co-founder and CEO Jeff Radway.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green Peak, a vertically integrated retailer of premium cannabis products, runs medical provisioning centers in Flint, Bay City, Newaygo and Nunica.</p> <p>Only ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15355441/green-peak-innovations-expands-cannabis-retail-to-west-michigan-we-take-a-measured-approach alt=Green Peak Innovations Expands Cannabis Retail To West Michigan: &#039;We Take A Measured Approach&#039;>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis Green Peak Innovations Jeff Radway marijuana Michigan cannabis Top Stories Exclusives Markets Interview Cannabis Top Stories Exclusives Markets Interview Benzinga Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:30:03 +0000 Elizabeth Balboa 15355441 at https://www.benzinga.com 2 Leading Cannabis Companies Open Up About Their Successful Partnership https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15355884/2-leading-cannabis-companies-open-up-about-their-successful-partnership <p id="docs-internal-guid-45048f36-7fff-602c-adb5-012c1a3c3031">Benzinga, in a campaign to highlight the most innovative and impactful partnerships, is honored to present a conversation with Trulieve CEO, Kim Rivers, and SLANG CEO, Peter Miller. The two spoke with Benzinga&rsquo;s Javier Hasse ahead of the 2020 Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Miami regarding the importance of partnerships in scaling and increasing operational efficiency.</p> <h3>&lsquo;A Win-Win Partnership&rsquo;</h3> <p>In February of 2019, global cannabis consumer goods company <strong>SLANG Worldwide </strong>(CNSX: SLNG) (OTC: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/slgwf#OTC">SLGWF</a>) and Florida cannabis company <strong>Trulieve</strong> (OTC: <a class="ticker" href="https://www.benzinga.com/stock/tcnnf#OTC">TCNNF</a>) (CNSX: TRUL) announced a strategic partnership over the sale and exclusive licensing of leading cannabis brands.</p> <p>In a statement on the development, Peter Miller, CEO of SLANG Wolrdwide, said &ldquo;Great partnerships and collaboration are foundational to SLANG&rsquo;s culture, scalability, and growth strategy.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rivers told Benzinga that the partnership came very naturally; &ldquo;It&rsquo;s literally one of the easiest deals that I&rsquo;ve ever been a part of.&rdquo;</p> <p>She added that both parties came into the conversation wanting to get a deal done; &ldquo;SLANG is very hands on. They have a fantastic team [and] it really has been a win-win partnership.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since the announcement, both SLANG and Trulieve have successfully disrupted the Florida marijuana market.</p> <h3>Tip 1: Strategy Diversification</h3> <p>Miller told Benzinga that not all negotiations come as easy as the one ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/markets/cannabis/20/02/15355884/2-leading-cannabis-companies-open-up-about-their-successful-partnership alt=2 Leading Cannabis Companies Open Up About Their Successful Partnership>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Cannabis Kim Rivers News Peter Miller SLGWF TCNNF Markets Interview TCNNF SLGWF News Cannabis Markets Interview Benzinga Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:09:03 +0000 Renato Capelj 15355884 at https://www.benzinga.com FreightCasts Weekly Recap (2/10-2/16) https://www.benzinga.com/news/earnings/20/02/15347640/freightcasts-weekly-recap-210-216 <p>You can find every FreightWaves podcast conveniently in one feed via the free FreightCasts channel on <a href="https://www.freightwaves.com/podcasts">freightwaves.com/podcasts</a>, <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/gh/podcast/freightcasts/id1485144537">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/02zkUOTINAEXzGpEYPdgnT">Spotify</a> or wherever podcasts are found. Subscribe to FreightCasts to never miss a FreightWaves podcast.</p> <p>The full list of <a href="https://tv.freightwaves.com/browse">FreightWaves media</a> can be streamed via the FreightWavesTV app available for your smartphone, <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/freightwavestv/id1483526792">Apple TV</a>, <a href="https://channelstore.roku.com/details/568107/freightwavestv">Roku</a> and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/FreightWaves-FreightWavesTV/dp/B07ZS43ZMD/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=freightwaves&amp;qid=1579894599&amp;s=mobile-apps&amp;sr=1-1">Fire TV</a>. The app is free on all platforms.</p> <p>Users of the FreightWavesTV app also have access to a full lineup of FreightWavesTV content, including weekday live streaming, special reports, news segments, past shows, SONAR demos, rapid-fire demos and exclusive interviews.</p> <ul><li><p><a href="https://transportation-nation.simplecast.com/episodes/has-chinese-trade-been-effectively-halted-until-at-least-april"><strong>"Great Quarter, Guys" — Has Chinese trade been effectively halted until at least April?</strong></a></p> <ul><li>Special guest Lori Ann LaRocco from CNBC discusses how the coronavirus is affecting freight flows from China.</li> <li>Earnings season is also in full swing, and it looks like XPO has taken more than a few steps toward its ultimate breakup.</li> <li>Then, it&#039;s off to the battle between the Tesla Cybertruck and the Nikola Badger, as the companies&#039; founders continue to troll each other in the main event trolling match.</li> <li>A special thanks as always to our research partner for the podcast, CarrierDirect.</li> </ul></li> <li><a href="https://what-the-truck.simplecast.com/episodes/drug-and-alcohol-clearinghouses-failure-to-register"><strong>"WHAT THE TRUCK?!?" — Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse&#039;s failure to register</strong></a> <ul><li>On this post-Oscars edition, Dooner and Chad look into why 90% of drivers seeking jobs fail to register in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. They also cover the Coyote layoffs, see a surge in logistics job growth, talk to Logixboard CEO and founder Julian Alvarez, and dial up ...</li></ul></li></ul><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/earnings/20/02/15347640/freightcasts-weekly-recap-210-216 alt=FreightCasts Weekly Recap (2/10-2/16)>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Earnings Freight Freightwaves Logistics News podcasts trucking Commodities Markets Interview General News Earnings Commodities Markets Interview General Benzinga Mon, 17 Feb 2020 14:35:26 +0000 FreightWaves 15347640 at https://www.benzinga.com Drilling Deep: Looking Into The Future For Diesel Prices https://www.benzinga.com/news/20/02/15326626/drilling-deep-looking-into-the-future-for-diesel-prices <p>How would you like to know today what the price of something is going to be tomorrow? That&#039;s what FreightWaves has launched with its predictive model on wholesale diesel prices.</p> <p>On this week&#039;s "Drilling Deep" podcast, host John ...</p><p><a href=https://www.benzinga.com/news/20/02/15326626/drilling-deep-looking-into-the-future-for-diesel-prices alt=Drilling Deep: Looking Into The Future For Diesel Prices>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Crude Oil diesel Freight Freightwaves LNG Logistics News oil and gas Supply Chain Commodities Markets Interview General News Commodities Markets Interview General Benzinga Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:06:33 +0000 FreightWaves 15326626 at https://www.benzinga.com