Blackbird provides operations and software solutions for every step of the cannabis distribution process. The company transports, delivers, and builds the software to facilitate all of the above—offering cannabis operators a complete supply chain solution.
Q&A with Entrepreneur & Blackbird
What do you think are the biggest misconceptions cannabis industry?
The notion that the cannabis industry is an instant gold rush is a fallacy. Like any other industry, cannabis requires real dedication and commitment to a product or service that makes people’s lives easier.
How is your business innovating?
Blackbird removes operational pain points around distribution fulfillment and delivery, allowing cannabis operators to focus on what is important: building their brand, servicing their customers, and maintaining compliance. Our value proposition is centered on providing a start-to-finish solution and is unlike any other company in this space.
What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
The biggest hurdle for our business is access—to capital to build our business, to banking relationships to provide security and sustainability, and to many of the things traditional business ventures take for granted. Additionally, long-established alcohol distributors sued the state of Nevada for the exclusive right to transport cannabis prior to the launch of adult-use sales. Their win nearly excluded us from participating in the market whatsoever, but we were able to pivot quickly, affecting the required licensing to continue operating and prevent big alcohol from creating a monopoly for themselves.
What is your favorite aspect of working in this industry?
We love the people we get to interact with on a daily basis--our co-workers, our clients, our customers, and our friends. Our people are everything.
What inspires you?
Blackbird is inspired by the opportunity to be a part of history in a way that is both socially responsible and creates a meaningful, positive foundation to build this industry. Basically, Blackbird wants to be good people, help good people, and work with good people.