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U.S.: Former Weedmaps COO Appointed New CEO of Northsight Capital

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Northsight Capital, Inc. on Thursday announced that Bill Lupo, which it called "one of the most seasoned executives in the cannabis space," has accepted the position of CEO and will take over company operations immediately. Lupo will also go on Northsight's board of directors.

Lupo was previously the COO of Weedmaps.com, a leading company in the cannabis space, and COO of Ghost Group, a venture firm concentrating on the marijuana business.

Lupo is an accomplished digital and media veteran with a 15-year track record of leadership, management, growth experience in Fortune 100 and early stage companies, across adtech, search, e-commerce, content, Saas, and mobile models. His B2C and B2B background includes both work in the restructuring field, and growth companies. His experience includes a senior capacity role with Deluxe Corporation's Digital division and growth roles with VC backed companies ($1M-$100M+ by revenue in size), the majority having positive outcomes for investors and stakeholders.

Notable senior operating roles include contributions at Deluxe Corporation as the VP of Small Business & Digital, growing an Internet search based product line into a $100M+ business, with over 600K+ customers. Early on, Lupo was regional sales manager for Yodle, and AltaVista, which was acquired by Yahoo.

U.S.: Online Cannabis Industry Resource Adds To Marijuana Business Directory

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Ganjapreneur, an online business resource dedicated to the cannabis industry, has expanded its business directory to include seven new categories of industry services.

The directory focuses on companies that provide B2B services to cannabusinesses, as opposed to medical cannabis dispensaries or retail recreational shops that target actual cannabis consumers.

New categories have been added to include investment groups who support start-up marijuana businesses, political organizations who advocate on behalf of legalization and drug policy reform, and trade associations who work to educate and organize business owners. There are also now sections of the directory dedicated to cannabis testing labs who test for contaminants and potency in samples from state-licensed growers or producers — and to laboratories that offer premium hash and cannabis oil extraction services.

Providers of commercial grow lights, seeds and soil, and other equipment used for both indoor and outdoor agriculture can also create business listings. Finally, the directory has added categories for marijuana industry job boards as well as publishers who report on marijuana news and culture.

Ganjapreneur's business directory was launched in 2014 in an effort to help professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs connect with service providers who specialize in the cannabis industry. Since then, businesses have been able to add a listing for free as part of a limited-time offer.

U.S.: Ganjapreneur Announces Marijuana Business Directory

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On the heels of an election which decided marijuana policy in several states, Ganjapreneur, a website dedicated to the legal cannabis industry, has announced a business-focused directory to help aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs and companies connect with business service providers.

Ganjapreneur's new directory includes archives of lawyers, accountants, web development agencies, security firms, and general business consultants who specialize in serving marijuana businesses.

The business directory currently has 12 categories, although a representative from the website said the scope of the project is growing.

"Right now we're focusing on B2B services," the Ganjapreneur rep added, "so our directory is geared toward companies who provide a business service such as marketing or accounting."

Ganjapreneur recently announced that they are preparing to launch a "Freelancer's Network" for creative professionals who want to take on marijuana-related projects. The network currently has a landing page explaining the concept, and an email sign-up form to receive a notification when the network is officially launched.

The website launched over the summer, and has rapidly published a large volume of unique content including news coverage, business editorials, interviews with cannabis industry entrepreneurs, an industry job feed which aggregates classified ads from around the web, and even a dictionary of slang vocabulary terms related to marijuana.

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