in conversation with Issie Lapowsky, Staff Writer, WIRED
As CEO of Privateer Holdings, Brendan Kennedy and his team have raised more than $80 million to launch a portfolio of responsible, mainstream brands. Those brands just happen to sell marijuana, as Privateer Holdings is the world’s first private equity firm investing exclusively in legal cannabis. Prior to co-founding Privateer, Kennedy was COO at SVB Analytics and CEO and President of Mindability. He earned a BA in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS in engineering from the University of Washington; and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. He lives in Seattle with his wife and daughter and has finished six Ironman triathlons.