Unlocking Value in a Fragmented Industry
Linnaea is a holding company that makes equity investments in emerging best in breed California based cannabis companies.
Linnaea supports cash-flowing businesses that require growth capital to compete on a larger stage.
Each business unit will represent a unique link of the value chain in order to create vertical integration at the portfolio level through the sum of the parts.
Linnaea then adds a financial and operational expertise to these businesses.
Through shared resources each business unit will run more efficiently and will have greater time to focus on its core competency.
This environment promotes growth and allows Linnaea to maintain direct oversight and play an active role in the success of each business.
At an appropriate time, Linnaea will make a second investment that converts it from a minority position to that of control.
Each previously autonomous unit is then folded in to becoming an internal division of Linnaea, creating a truly integrated cannabis business in the largest cannabis market in the World.
The resulting business will immediately be an attractive acquisition target or a stand-alone public opportunity.
How We Invest
Robert (Rob) Hunt
Co-founder and Principal of Linnaea
Formerly Rob was the founder and manager of Shingle Hill, a boutique consultancy and market intelligence firm for the cannabis industry. He has more than 14 years of experience in cannabis as an attorney, consultant, operator, and investor. Rob specializes in assisting his clients with legislation and policy issues, due diligence, and structuring complicated financial instruments. Through this work, Rob has helped his clients navigate a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape.
Previously, Rob was a founding Partner, and the Lead Industry Executive of Tuatara Capital, the world’s largest private equity firm dedicated to cannabis based businesses. In this role Mr. Hunt was responsible for leading Tuatara’s deal generation efforts, operational due diligence and the execution of new investments. He remains a member of the General Partnership.
As an expert in and an advocate for the cannabis industry, Mr. Hunt has been interviewed by media outlets as diverse as: The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Fortune, US News & World Report, NBC News, ABC News, The Street, BuzzFeed, MarketWatch, Vice, PC Magazine, Wired, Equities.com, The Boston Business Journal, The Boston Herald, MMJ Business Daily, CNN Money, Ozy and The Cannabis Financial Network as well as numerous other publications and media outlets. He has also taught continuing legal education (“CLE”) classes for The American Lawyer (AmLaw) on cannabis law and policy.
Previously, Rob was the owner and CEO of Rocky Mountain Hydroponics in Colorado, and Evergreen Garden Centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Rob tailored his company to specialize in organic and hydroponic growing methodology to help maximize yields at commercial cultivation centers. He sold this business to GrowLife, Inc. where he served as both the President of the retail division and a director until the early part of 2014.
Jacob (Jake) Schrader
Co-founder and Principal of Linnaea
Involved in the legal cannabis market since 2013, with a background in institutional financial services, Jake understands how to work with diverse groups of people and shape opportunities to create alignments of interests for all concerned.
- Founder and Partner - Shingle Hill
- Founder and Managing Member - Articulated Investors
- Former Partner - Cantor Fitzgerald
- More than 10 current cannabis investments
- 3 previous cannabis investments - exited profitably
Co-founder of Linnaea
John has over 30 years of experience in advising and investing in hedge fund and private equity managers. He co-founded Caxton Symmetry LLC, where he invested in and advised early hedge fund talent. John will be a substantial investor in Linnaea where he will be active in investment strategy and investor relations. He earned a BA at Johns Hopkins University in 1974.
- 30 years of experience in advising and investing in hedge funds, and private equity managers
- Co-founded Caxton Symmetry LLC, where he invested in and advised early hedge fund talent
Nial comes to Linnaea as the current CEO and Founder of Manna Molecular Science, a cannabis biotech centered on cannabis delivery systems operating internationally and in over twelve US markets, and Co-Founder of Temescal Wellness Massachusetts, the first MA-state operator to hold two adult-use licenses. He lives in Worcester with his wife Julia and his cat Ernest.
- CEO and Founder - Manna Molecular Science
- Co-Founder – Temescal Wellness Massachusetts