Rob Tankson is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and co-founder and COO of PrestoDoctor, a telemedicine company that connects patients seeking medical cannabis cards with compassionate, licensed doctors across the U.S.
PrestoDoctor was acquired by Cannabis Sativa Inc. in August 2017. Rob serves on the board of Cannabis Sativa and is co-chair for the medical committee for the Minority Business Cannabis Association.
Prior to co-founding PrestoDoctor in 2015, Rob worked in the finance and tech industries, including at Google, ClearSlide and Pacific Wealth Group.
We spoke with Rob for our Higher Calling series, where we chat with leaders in the cannabis space.
Rob, tell us…
Where you grew up, and where you live now.
I’m originally from Chicago. I moved to San Francisco for college on a basketball and academic scholarship. I currently live in Brooklyn, New York, with wife and young son.
Your current role in the cannabis industry, and where you’re based.
I am PrestoDoctor’s co-founder and chief operating officer, and we are based in New York City. A former colleague and I launched PrestoDoctor in California in the spring of 2015, and expanded to Nevada in summer of 2016. PrestoDoctor is the first company to use telemedicine to connect patients seeking medical cannabis evaluations from a knowledgeable doctor. To date we’ve helped over 175,000 patients.
The company was partially acquired by publicly traded company Cannabis Sativa Inc. in summer of 2017 at a valuation of $11 million and we launched services in New York shortly after in the winter of 2017. I also serve as a director on the board of Cannabis Sativa Inc.
Your earliest cannabis memory.
Sneaking over the train tracks where my neighbors had a secret little clubhouse. This was my first time smoking, so I had no clue what I was doing. I wasn’t sure