Marijuana Legalization 2015: Meet The 20 Most Influential People In Cannabis

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

Today, [Brendan Kennedy is] CEO of Privateer Holdings, the investment firm that made a name for itself through a partnership with Bob Marley’s family and recently closed a $75 million round of funding. It’s all part of a mission to help make marijuana mainstream through strategic investing. Their strategy has compelled some observers to call Privateer the “Procter & Gamble of the cannabis industry.”

5 companies with the biggest buzz in the marijuana industry

FORTUNE

The marijuana investment company recently closed a $75 million fundraising round that included the Founders Fund, an investment firm created by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, taking a multi-million dollar stake. The investment was a big one for both Privateer and the cannabis industry on the whole because it represented the first major institutional funding in a marijuana company.

Privateer’s Brendan Kennedy And Founders Fund’s Geoff Lewis To Light Up The Stage At Disrupt NY

TECHCRUNCH

Privateer is no ordinary weed startup, and CEO Kennedy is no ordinary “ganjapreneur.” The former COO of Silicon Valley Bank’s non-bank affiliate company SVB Analytics, Kennedy comes to the cannabis market with a keen analytical bent but also a desire to bring the industry out of the shadows.

Marley Natural Fine Cannabis is a Marijuana Startup with Major Backing

TRENDHUNTER

In a record-breaking fundraising effort, marijuana startup Marley Natural Fine Cannabis has raised a staggering $82 million from backers. The musician-branded cannabis brand is being launched by Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings, who were able to parlay a 30-year licensing deal in order to use Bob Marley's image and likeness. 

Privateer Holdings Closes $75 Million In Funding To Create The P&G Of Pot

TECHCRUNCH

It’s high time the cannabis industry got some serious attention from investors. So it’s a good thing that Privateer Holdings, a company focusing on producing, distributing, and educating consumers about legal marijuana, has closed on a $75 million round of funding it will use to create new brands of cannabis products.