SampleCon Speech

During May of 2022, the latest edition of Samplecon was held in Pasadena, Ca. With attendees from 16 different countries and 240 guests, it was the biggest yet. Jacqueline Rosales, the President of ISA initiated the convention 9 years ago. She returned to the Samplecon stage to, once again, disrupt the consumer market research spaxw. This time her mission was to educate her colleagues about the future of the world wide web; Web 3 and how it’s ecosystem will change the world, let alone the marketing research industry. She brought to stage Craig Obligacion Wilson who is a Metaverse and NFT expert that worked for Unigrid, a decentralized cloud service. They shared their thoughts on how Web3, in particular NFTs will change the world.

Below are some of the top quotes and facts from the interview.

“Adidas…the first NFT collection 24 hours sold out. How much money did Adidas make on that collection $23 million.”

“And now in web three, it's the ownership economy. It is anybody can contribute. Anybody can own the data."

– Jacqueline Rosales, President, ISA

“I think the one thing that's gonna blow some heads in here…is that the consumers own the information, that the consumers have the right to sell it to you, versus you pay them for it. It's a little bit of a different strategy. It's very bottom up or as I like to call it, C2B instead of B2C. And that C could either be consumer, customer or community. It is the community that's making the decision… for Web3.”

“So, Blockchain is a digital ledger. I also like to think of it as like a digital timeline, where all the information is encrypted, so it can't be changed. It can't be accessed. It's always there. It's also like a moment in history. It's always there can't be changed. And then it's peer to peer. So, all this information gets spread, everywhere, anybody can access it.”

– Craig Obligacion Wilson, SME, ISA

ISA President To Be Featured at NFT Expoverse in LA

ISA/NFT Expoverse

Jacqueline Rosales, President of ISA, will be speaking onstage about the intersection of cryptocurrency and cannabis

July 20, 2022, Los Angeles, CA —ISA, a Los Angeles based insights firm, announced today that their most senior leader will be featured as a speaker at an upcoming event. The NFT Expoverse, happening in Los Angeles July 29th, 2022 is focused on opportunities in Web3. Jacqueline will share her knowledge of cryptocurrency and cannabis on the Platinum Stage at 11:45 am PST.

“NFT Expoverse has given me the unique opportunity to address investors, business leaders, influencers and creators about two disruptive industries that I feel extremely passionate about,” stated Jacqueline. “Cannabis and crypto coming together provides an opportunity for marginalized groups to be elevated in ways they may not be in traditional industries.”

ISA hosts their own content-focused Web3 events, including a weekly Twitter Spaces panel, which serves as a forum for those who want to learn more about cannabis and Web3 while featuring dynamic speakers and leaders from multiple verticals. It is also a place for people to come together and speak to those who are driving the industry forward.

About Jacqueline Rosales

Jacqueline Rosales is a 25+ year veteran of the Insights, Consumer Behavior and Market Research industries and currently serves as the President of ISA, an insights firm based in Los Angeles, CA. She launched the cannabis research division within ISA in 2018 and built the world’s first cannabis research community, The Green Time. Jacqueline has partnered with multiple Fortune 500 companies to help them navigate their go-to-market (G2M) strategy for Web3. She is the resident Subject Matter Expert on all engagements related to Web3 across Material (ISA’s parent company). In addition, Jacqueline is a G2M strategist for GRIPNR (a Web3 tech company), where she leads Gripnr’s community initiatives and advises on organizational direction and strategic partnerships.

 

Meet ISA’s Web3 Team

ISA onboarded a team of Web3 experts to support clients’ growing need for insights and data related to the $25 billion dollar industry. Jacqueline has partnered with clients on projects in entertainment and gaming, bringing her passion for technological innovation and sharing her vision for the possibilities of Web3. To support the expansion of ISA’s Web3 division, four experts: Garry Liu, Garrett Hand, Hugh Benjamin, and Craig Wilson have joined the team.

Crypto winter is the time to build

You’ve probably heard the term “crypto winter” thrown around about a million times at this point. Should our clients be nervous to invest in Web3 research? Should we stop pushing the issue? The simple answer is no!

Venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz (known as “a16z”) has just closed on its latest crypto fund – totaling $4.5 billion. This doubles the size of their last crypto fund and shows that the firm has no interest in taking their foot off the Web3 gas pedal.

Antoni Martin, enterprise lead at Polygon told Protocol that although the crypto crash has decreased interest in crypto, it is the time to differentiate between speculation and build saying “I think it’s time to build up, and with time the market will differentiate.”

“The blockchain solves counterparty interaction, eliminating the need for a middleman. This technology allows you to push payments without any intermediaries and provides a system of real-time auditability. Traditional banking requires protocols to prevent money laundering and to keep funds secure. Blockchain technology alleviates the need for these protocols by making each transaction transparent.”

-Eric Benz, CannaDAO

You know who is taking advantage of this time to build – Emerald Road. Emerald Road is a group of Californian cannabis farmers, led by legacy farmer and entrepreneur, Justin Calvino. Emerald road is an exclusive digital cannabis community. The platform is designed to connect farmers directly with their customers using community-building experiences. There is also the ability to purchase and market and provide content and education for consumers – all powered by blockchain technology. This virtual bazaar will give consumers the opportunity to gain experience, visit and purchase directly from farms, without ever leaving their home.

“The crypto blockchain space can really help the cannabis industry with everything from securing payments to seed to sale tracking and supply chain management. The fact that both crypto and cannabis are both new, emerging industries creates a great opportunity for them to help each other grow.”

– Laura Albers, Oasis Intelligence

Do you think your clients can benefit from Web3 strategy plan? We do! Don’t let the hype of “crypto winter” keep your clients from getting the full potential out of a Web3 plan. Remember, we’re not early, we’re late.

ISA’s Cannabis Division Leader Will Moderate Upcoming Web3 Event, Hosted by The Arcview Group

Adriana Hemans will moderate a panel on crypto and cannabis, merging expertise across multiple high-growth categories

 

July 12, 2022, Los Angeles, CA — ISA, a Los-Angeles-based insights firm, announced a collaborative partnership today with Arcview Investment Group, a global leader in cannabis consulting and investment services. Together with Arcview, the head of ISA’s Cannabis Research Division will moderate a virtual event focused on crypto and cannabis.

Adriana Hemans, Vice President of Growth at ISA, will moderate an upcoming live event, hosted by Sarah Falvo, Managing Director of Business Development at Arcview Consulting. “Web3 and Weed – What Are the Opportunities and What to Avoid” will go live on July 14, 2022, at 1 PM PDT. If you’re looking for a better understanding of web3 in the context of your cannabis endeavors, we encourage you to join this truly insightful panel of experts in both spaces by registering here.

Sarah and Adriana will be joined by these amazing speakers:

  • Mary Pryor, Co-Founder of Cannaclusive
  • Liz Wald, Co-Founder of thric3
  • Jarrett Sherman, President & Founder of Fuzerly
  • Liz Udell, Director of Social Media

The audience, comprised of senior business leaders, service providers, entrepreneurs, and investors, will learn about the potential impact of these two disruptive industries colliding.

“We’re seeing so much excitement about the enormous growth opportunities resulting from the intersection of crypto and cannabis. I’m thrilled to be moderating this discussion with a group of speakers I admire greatly – experts in cannabis, marketing and community-building who will help shape the future of these industries,” Adriana stated on the upcoming event.

About The Arcview Group

The Arcview Group blazed the trail for cannabis investments and is the largest and 1st vertically integrated firm servicing the industry. As a trusted global leader and nexus for investors, companies, entrepreneurs, money-managers and community, Arcview provides an expansive ecosystem that delivers a broad spectrum of programs and services to the industry. Arcview is synonymous with best-in-class. By providing the tools necessary and curating top-notch cannabis companies, Investor Members have had the playbook that has enabled them to invest hundreds of millions in more than 300 private cannabis startups. For more information, please visit www.arcviewgroup.com.

About ISA

ISA has emerged as an early leader in Web3 insights, having already partnered with multiple Fortune 500 brands to provide data, insights, and strategic consultation, allowing them to achieve rapid and sustained growth in Web3. The ISA Group is among the first research firms, if not the first, to pay incentives to respondents in cryptocurrency, as well as among the first to conduct focus groups on Clubhouse. To learn more, visit www.isacorp.com.

Meet Our Web3 Team

ISA onboarded a team of Web3 experts to support clients’ growing need for insights and data related to the $25 billion dollar industry. Jacqueline Rosales, President of ISA, has partnered with clients on projects in entertainment and gaming, bringing her passion for technological innovation and sharing her vision for the possibilities of Web3. To support the expansion of ISA’s Web3 division, four experts: Garry Liu, Garrett Hand, Hugh Benjamin, and Craig Wilson have joined the team.

Making an Impact on the Industry

We continue to dive into Web3 and cannabis by hosting groundbreaking events. These events are a forum for those who want to learn more about the cannabis and web3 to gain more insights. It is also a place for us to come together and speak to those who are driving the industry forward. Our Web3 events are hosted on Twitter Spaces every Tuesday and our CANNAfact Friday Live is hosted on LinkedIn Live. For these events, we invite knowledgeable speakers that have been making their mark in the industry to come and share their experience and expertise.

Find more G2M Web3 strategy information here.

You can learn more ways to gain cannabis insights here.

Business on blockchain

We know you’ve heard about what blockchain is, but what can it do?

 

The value of blockchain technology lies within the efficiency of it’s security measures. It can diminish the cost of doing business by providing data security that protects underlying data by making permanent, immutable records of exchanges. Blockchains are a new opportunity to reduce costs, streamline processes, improve data tracking and security, mitigate fraud and improve security.

“I continue to learn and develop more of an understanding of the power of blockchain technology. We are seeing a multitude of different and diverse uses and I believe that we are not even close to the pinnacle of what this technology can do. It is explosive and enabling businesses to become more efficient and successful.”

– Jacqueline Rosales

We’ve seen a real-life example of using a blockchain to track data with London-based company, Everledger, who are using a blockchain tracker to help eradicate the mining and trading of “blood diamonds,” which are mined using child labo0r and drug money. The startup has built a platform that tracks origin and ownership changes along the supply chain – recently securing $20 million in funding.

We are seeing a trend in opportunities for business development on these new platforms. Blockchains are bringing a new way to track and securely store data, giving transparency and more trust to business transactions. Large corporations, like Beijing Mercedes Benz, have partnered with blockchain based used car company, PlatOn, to understand and measure depreciation of their vehicles over time.

“I think a lot of these projects are being built on platforms where community will have the best experience. It comes down to user experience. It is important to provide value back to users on the network.”

– Hugh Benjamin

Blockchain technology allows for opportunity for greater productivity and trust between companies and clients. We are seeing blockchain platforms gain the interest of financial institutes like RBC, JP Morgan, Citibank, American Express, Visa and MasterCard. These enterprises can use the technology for building trust within the industry, financial inclusion and payment efficiency. Business developers can use those same principles in their work to gain business by providing an immutable and transparent ledger, receiving access to a secure place to track and store data, and reduce costs of conducting business, resulting in a higher margin.

In order to stay ahead of the Web3 curve, we need to make sure we are staying up to date on news. Make sure to take time to do your own research and learn about the space.

NFT News Nugget:

Check out this video of some billion dollar companies that use blockchain!

 

NFT News Game Environment

“Every person I’ve ever met is a gamer.
Some people just haven’t found their game yet.”

– Stephen Radney-MacFarland

The Metaverse is an endless sea filled to the brim with untapped potential. These virtual worlds are extremely accessible and contain enormous communities of ethnically diverse individuals from all demographics. Networking in the metaverse is as simple as pushing a button to type or talk, creating opportunities for interactions that were impossible in traditional communication channels.  One real-life example of an opportunity is airdropping coupons in the metaverse to circumvent the legal restrictions associated with advertising certain products.

“A question that people have when they get involved in any kind of project is “what is the value for that customer?”. With gaming there’s always an opportunity to receive something by playing and engaging with a project – whether it’s information, data or analytics. When you look at what’s happened during COVID over the last two and a half years, there’s been this suppression of people interacting with each other. The NFT gaming space not only allows for data collection, but a safe space to interact – merging the social aspect with the monetary aspect.” – Hugh Benjamin

The metaverse isn’t only a place to socialize and build a network but also serves as an international meeting place for business development where there are no physical limitations. While a traditional shopping mall must accommodate the laws of physics, a shopping center in the metaverse can contain an impossible number of click and mortar stores. Entire neighborhoods of real estate can be toured quickly without the need for a guide. Workplaces in the metaverse could provide new opportunities for human resource development as the popularity of remote work continues to rise. Finally, the metaverse could also act as a customer support portal, creating new opportunities for feedback loops and increased customer retention. The possibilities are endless, and if your clients aren’t ready, let’s help them get there!

NFT News Nugget:

Check out this clip from Devin Nash talking about why NFTs can be beneficial to gamers and game companies.

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