BEND, Ore. – Ross Lipson, the king of marijuana ecommerce, has built a name for an online weed marketplace where you can place orders for all your cannabis needs via smartphone. He’s the brain behind the original weed ecommerce platform. Diving into the tech side of the business, he decided to be in the digital space of cannabis rather than touching the plant itself. Armed with ambition, he began his journey of making customers order online the first day of legalization in Oregon.
Here’s Ross story of success:
Standing in line for weed, waiting for hours, looking around, he saw a line of people that was longer than groupies waiting for a Stones concert. A spark of genius came. There has to be a simpler way to get weed than standing in line for hours. And that’s when it hit him. Ross took his idea of starting a dispensary online especially the cost to open a dispensary to make it easier for people to get their hands on the green stuff. “Why can’t we order weed like we order pizza?”
“Dutchie” was born.
Dutchie became a Shopify precursor, a pioneering online ordering platform that connects consumers with local dispensaries. The Bend, Ore.-based Dutchie helps dispensaries put their menus online, so customers can easily order flowers, edibles, or vapes with a few taps on their smartphones. The platform also assists businesses, helping them streamline operations, scale up, or stay on the right side of the law.
Dutchie’s ecommerce platform has received backing from some big names in the weed cannabis sector, including Howard Schultz, Kevin Durant, and Snoop Dog. With the support of celebrities in the weed industry, Dutchie claims to have more than 40% of the market share and has doubled its valuation to reach a streaming high of $3.8 billion.
With Dutchie now working, the sky’s the limit, and it’s still the go-to platform for many cannabis consumers.
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