Exclusive Interview with Kaycha Labs Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board James Horvath
Kaycha Labs started out as a technology company focused on the medical benefits of cannabis and hemp. Its founders ultimately decided to begin gathering data by creating its lab business. Kaycha Labs Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board James Horvath spoke with New Cannabis Ventures about the company’s testing services, its growth strategy and profitability. The audio of the entire conversation is available at the end of this written summary.
Launching Kaycha Labs
About five years ago, two different things happened in Horvath’s life. His nephew came to him with an idea to get into the cannabis business and his daughter was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. He started to do some research about the medical benefits of cannabis and hemp but was unable to find much data. He and his nephew initially set out to build “the WebMD for cannabis.”
They quickly learned they would need data on the actual products people were using, which shifted their focus to the lab space. In 2017, they hired Jorge Segredo as Senior Lab Director. Segredo has decades of experience in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.
Kaycha Labs Team Members
Shortly after that, the Kaycha Labs team spent time learning the regulatory environment in Florida and meeting people in the industry. Through this work, the company added Cynthia Brewer to its team as Vice President. Brewer works on both the regulatory and sales sides of the business.
Other important members of the leadership team include CFO Alan Silverman and COO John Schwartz. Silverman has extensive experience in working with multiple-location companies, like Kaycha Labs. Schwartz previously worked for Goldman Sachs and has played a significant role in Kaycha Labs’ expansion.
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