Privateer Holdings Inc.

Seattle, Washington
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About this Organization

Founded in 2011, Privateer claims to be the first private equity firm that only invests in cannabis-related companies. Because cannabis cultivation and distribution is federally illegal, their true focus is on ancillary businesses – companies that don’t “touch the leaf.”

Privateer Holdings is led by Brendan Kennedy (CEO), Michael Blue (CFO), and Christian Groh (COO). They initially set a goal to raise $7 million dollars of funding, which they announced was met July 2013.

Privateer acquired Leafly in 2012 and launched Arbormain, a Washington-based “start-up accelerator,” the following year.

Associates

Brendan Kennedy
CEO
Brendan Kennedy is Co-Founder and CEO of Privateer Holdings, Inc. In turn, he is the Chief Executive Officer of their subsidiary companies – Leafly and Arbormain. Before co-founding Privateer Holdings with Michael Blue, Kennedy received his MBA from Yale School of Management. He went on to found and manage Mindability, Inc – a 30-employee software company focused on customer experience management. Furthermore, Kennedy became the Chief Operations Officer for SVB Analytics in 2006. While there, he was tasked with issuing valuation assessments for private companies. He managed a team of 45 people in the US and 75 people in India.
Michael Blue
CFO
Michael Blue is Co-Founder of Privateer Holdings, Inc. In turn, he serves as the private equity’s Chief Financial Officer. He holds the same position for Privateer’s subsidiary company, Leafly, as well. Blue Received his MBA from Yale School of Business in 2005 and became Vice President of de Visscher & Company – a private equity, investment banking, and consulting firm based in Connecticut. While there, he was tasked with the conducting valuation assessments of private and publicly traded companies alike. In 2006, Blue joined Herrington, Inc. and headed a great deal of business ventures for the venture capital and development …
Christian Groh
COO
Christian Groh serves as Chief Operations Officer for Privateer Holdings, Inc. He holds the same position for Privateer’s first portfolio company, Leafly, as well. After receiving his MBA from San Francisco University, Groh was named Director as Nextel Communications. He created a marketing campaign that earned the corporation $1.5 million in lead than 18 months and served as subject matter expert for Transportation and Logistics. Later, Groh was brought on as Director of Sales at SVB Analytics. During his tenure, he helped grow the company’s client base from 200 to 2,500. Groh is no stranger to the emerging cannabis community.

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