Upstart, which is part of the Business Journals, is once again honoring inventors with first-to-market ideas, sector leading services and innovative solutions. The “Upstart 100” includes one member so far (21 companies named at this time) from the cannabis industry, David Dinenberg, CEO of Kind Financial, which inked an alliance with Microsoft in June.
The profile discusses his transition from real estate into the cannabis industry after being inspired by a story on “60 Minutes.” Like many entrepreneurs, Dinenberg has had to pivot, tabling his original idea to provide financial services and instead offer compliance software. Kind Financial bought Agrisoft in mid-2015 from Surna (OTC: Surna), which had acquired a majority stake earlier that year. Microsoft’s Azure Government cloud platform hosts Agrisoft’s software.
Read Kent Bernhard Jr.’s “How a ‘buttoned up’ exec found the marijuana industry and got Microsoft to join in”: http://upstart.bizjournals.com/entrepreneurs/hot-shots/2016/08/16/how-a-buttoned-up-exec-found-the-marijuana.html