I don’t think I’m overstating the importance of a big change in the cannabis industry. Not the fact that more states are opening up, but rather the fact that a troublemaker named Ralf Kaiser and his company Integrated Compliance Solutions came along to help the banking sector feel completely comfortable helping cannabis and hemp-based businesses. Now we’ll see this business sector really take off and reach its full potential.

As you’ll hear in this podcast, Greg Kerber was a troublemaker from day one. But even with all his success, all his experience and know-how, he’s humble. One example is that, like many entrepreneurs, he describes Gnome Serum differentiators based on their product attributes. And these are truly inventive. But as you’ll come to learn, I think their differentiators are cultural. They may not fully understand why, but they’re troublemakers.

The software industry is mature. The C-suite has seen the all-powerful Oz behind the curtain. With all the technology that’s been built, and the companies who have paid millions and millions of dollars buying that software, why are the problems still there? The big question is, how how do software companies stand out now? The smart ones will follow Phil Newmoyer. He’s differentiating on several fronts. Mostly because he has a very clear EQ.

The Appalachian region is known for tough, blue collar people who for generations have beaten the odds to overcome unforgiving landscapes and harsh conditions using grit, determination, and ingenuity. As it looks to re-invent for the next chapter of the region, Appalachia is collectively harnessing the power of the entrepreneurial mindset to re-imagine the future while paying homage to its rich history.