Smells Like Business Podcast – Interview with João Melo
We would like to start by thanking Tom Pettit for this opportunity, as well as for all the professionalism and effort during the entire process of making this episode.
In this episode, João talks about his 6 year-long journey into the entrepreneurial world and his passion for creating agricultural automation systems. João also tells us about the challenges a startup selling physical products faces, shares the lessons he has learned along the way, and expresses his views on cannabis legalization in Portugal and Europe.
Other topics discussed:
What is Open Grow? What is GroLab™? What are the benefits of having an automated growing system? What was João’s first entrepreneurial project? Why did João start his own company? What is the biggest challenge when starting a business with a physical product? Why is it important to customize a growth system to your specific needs? What are the benefits of doing everything in-house instead of outsourcing? How to make sure you are accessible to your customers? What is Open Grow working on now? How is the company different now from when it started? How to find places to sell your product? What is the role of events in the cannabis industry? What is the current attitude towards cannabis in Portugal? Why is it so important to decriminalize cannabis?
About Smells Like Business:
Smells Like Business is a small company located in the beautiful city of Copenhagen and they believe that everyone should be given an equal opportunity to enter the cannabis industry in Europe.
Tom Pettit is your guy. He is an ex-budtender turned presenter and host. Tom will be with you at every stage of the process. You will hear his voice in the podcasts, you will be led by him during the Smell Like Business events, he will get you the answers you need.
Zaneta Pacific is a cannabis career consultant. She advises job seekers & career changers on how to enter the Cannabis industry in Europe. Get in touch if you are looking to make the switch and do not know where to start – Zaneta will know!
The Smells Like Business mission is to give you the knowledge and tools necessary to enter the cannabis industry in Europe.
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We hope you enjoy this podcast episode and make sure to check the other Smells like Business podcast episodes.
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