Surna (SRNA), based in
Alan: Thank you, Tom, for taking the time to tell us about Surna. Before we get started, can you tell us about your background?
Tom: Thanks for having me, Alan. I began my career in robotics engineering, specifically artificial intelligence. I co-founded and acted as CTO and Studio Head for Zynga, which developed online games – like Words with Friends, FarmVille, and DrawSomething. Zynga created some of the first games that you saw on Facebook and top games on mobile devices. After I left Zynga, I created another gaming company based in
In 2013, I saw the cannabis industry taking off, so I packed up and moved out to
Alan: Why did you decide to enter the MJ industry?
Tom: I’ve seen the birth of an industry before during my time at Zynga so I know what it looks like. All the signs point to cannabis being the next big industry, maybe the biggest since the explosion of the Internet. The main difference between this and online gaming is that people get tired of games, but I haven’t seen many people get tired of cannabis. It’s amazing when you think of the potential for this industry. The numbers are astounding and the societal push is leaning ...