Let’s throw the buzz words out the window, this industry isn’t hot, trendy, or in a word, dope. This is cannabis. It’s timely. It’s real. And we (all) mean business. At Cannabis Strategic Ventures, our investors are enthusiastic, our brands are category leaders, and our team is passionate about cultivating people, product, and experiences.
Opportunity drew Cannabis Strategic Ventures to the space, and we were delighted to discover how many opportunities there were: the opportunity to bring investment to individuals with or without access, the opportunity to provide an elevated quality of life, the opportunity to strengthen the global economy, the opportunity to infuse the industry with NUGS.
We’ve built and tested a model that works to give you the tools you need. Through NUGS, we want to lead the way in defining industry best practices for innovation, brand development, and product quality, as well for implementing the backbone of operational infrastructure.
Whether you’re a passionate pioneer or an intrigued investor – you can expect us to be:
Honest and Approachable.
Efficient and Nimble.
Hungry and Professional.
Creative and Knowledgeable.
Sexy and Reliable.
Stylish and Educational.
We provide investors with direct access to high-performing investment brands and direct access to a portfolio of vetted companies/brands poised for rapid growth and deep market penetration.
We give our brands top visibility in their categories, and strive to produce the highest quality product, consistently.
We are at the intersection of corporate and culture, leading with content and innovation. By investing in people, engaging in high-profile strategic partnerships, and a operating a sustainable branding model, we will shape the Cannabis Industry’s future.
The Cannabis Strategic Ventures team combines professional experience with a focus inside and outside of the industry to drive our success in mainstream markets.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon Yu is a seasoned healthcare and cannabis executive and entrepreneur. He’s launched and advised several startups in E-commerce, Import/Export, Medical Devices, and Staffing and is the Founder of a California based staffing agency.
Simon is passionate about mentorship and entrepreneurship and serves as a Startup Advisor at the University of Southern California’s Business Incubator and was formerly an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at California State University, Los Angeles.
He graduated from the University of Southern California with an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization and California State University, Fullerton with a BS in Management.
Chief Strategy Officer + Member of the Board
Chris Young is an LA native who obtained his JD/MBA from USC and Southwestern Law, and a seasoned investor and operator. He started his career as an entertainment attorney and producer and moved into the fashion industry as a co-founder of a woman’s fashion brand, which he scaled to $1MM in revenue within its first year and sold after two years of operations. His second endeavor was as co-founder of Coordinates Collection, a luxury jewelry brand, which was sold in over 500 stores across 10 countries including big-box chains such as Nordstroms and Neiman-Marcus. After Chris’s second successful exit, Chris moved on to become a strategy and branding consultant developing CPG products for celebrity-led brands from Paris Hilton to Yolanda Hadid. He is also an angel investor and currently serves as a strategic advisor for the Los Angeles Venture Fund Amplify.LA in addition to serving his role as the President of Pure Applied Sciences and member of the board of Cannabis Strategic Ventures.
Head of Finance
Alan Tran is a finance and strategy professional experienced across the cannabis, healthcare, and technology industries. He has led various teams and projects through management, consulting, and financial roles at leading Fortune 500 companies. As a Los Angeles native, Alan received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and is a current MBA Candidate at UCLA Anderson School of Management.
John Vu has focused his entire legal career on corporate law across cannabis, finance and banking industries. Not only does he offer is legal expertise in capital markets but he has been instrumental in raising funds for multiple start-ups. As a Orange County native, John received his BS in Biological Sciences from UCI and his JD from Trinity Law School.
Vice President of Operations
Arlene Guzman is a performance-driven strategic communications and public affairs leader helping organizations enter new markets, grow and scale, and unlock competitive strengths in both established and emerging sectors. Arlene has managed and implemented communications, public affairs, media and event marketing programs for clients in the venture capital and technology, non-profit, government and commercial real estate sectors. Arlene is a graduate of Occidental College (BA) and the George Washington University (MA).
Design Research & Strategy
Jason Michael Primrose is a creative strategist that uses comprehensive research to establish a company’s competitive positioning and brand direction to increase awareness, community growth and engagement, and ultimately sales. For nearly ten years, he’s used his abilities as a storyteller to impact a multitude of industries from Fashion and Accessories, to Beauty, to Technology. Using the power of storytelling to engage consumers in the aforementioned fields, has blossomed into a wealth of experience in brand strategy, creative direction, retail merchandising, and strategic partnerships.
External Legal Counsel and Strategic Advisor