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Insider Chat: Olivia Alexander

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Insider Chat: Olivia Alexander

The founder & face of Kush Queen talks honest content.

Friday, February 2, 2024
Time to read: About 15 minutes. Contains 3,581 words.

I think about founders a lot. I’ve spoken to hundreds of them since I started interviewing growers in 2014. I don’t know how to write about a brand without writing about the founder. I give double the attention to emails coming from founders than PR—I know that a founder is going to express their passion and “why” unlike anyone else can. I know that this thing wouldn’t exist if this person or people hadn’t worked hard to bring it into existence

In the mostly bootstrapped realm of cannabis, founders often do a lot more than just build. They strategize, package, design, market—so many wear so many hats, and I’m fascinated by the decision-making behind what roles a founder will maintain as companies grow. For example, the choice to be the face of one’s brand. It’s a no-brainer at first thought, but for a brand that gets big, that’s a significant, long-term commitment to make. I wanted to talk to someone who’s chosen that path, and Olivia Alexander of Kush Queen was top of mind. 

An interesting combination of old-school weed lover and new-school entrepreneur, Alexander’s savvy with social media and hyper-visible on every platform I’m aware of—and she isn’t afraid to call out the powerful, multistate elephant in the room who isn’t paying vendors. I reached out to talk about making yourself such a part of your brand’s content and the pros and cons therein, and she generously shared much more of her experiences navigating a public cannabis persona. 

Keep reading/press play to hear about lessons learned, the team that makes this individual identity possible, her best advice, and the business rules she’s happy to keep breaking.

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