Bryan Gerber used cannabis in college, but unlike the stereotype, his drive to succeed didn’t go up in smoke. Instead, a frustration with ordering rolling papers on line gave him the idea to start a business shipping boxes of smoking accessories to subscribers.
Gerber and two college friends found a combination of products they liked, made them easy to order and marketed them outside of the typical selling channels. Within a year the team had sold more than a million dollars’ worth of the accessory boxes. Their company, Hemper, based in Hauppauge New York now has 8,000 subscribers for its monthly boxes and has shipped more than 150,000 boxes to date. Gerber is chief executive, co-founder Ravjot Bhasin is the chief financial officer and co-founder Henry Kochhar is chief operating officer. The three young entrepreneurs just recently received a $1 million investment from a New York-based independent venture investor, Evolution Corporate Advisors.
My Goal of the Day: To always be closing!
My Thought of the Day: Stay positive
My Action of the Day: Push everyone on my team forward
My Deed of the Day: To always help those around me and to push my team to new heights
My Tip of the Day: I suggest that everyone try to follow their dreams regardless of what anyone tells you at the start. When starting Hemper, I was told that it wouldn't work out because of the state of the cannabis industry and because it is in a more high risk industry. I made sure not to listen to any negative comments from people and now look at where Hemper is at? If you have a passion and/or dream, don't give up without initially at least trying.
My Pic of the Day:
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
Everything about Los Angeles is stunning, but in particular my favorite part has to be the weather. Growing up in Maryland, it was either too hot, or too cold--there was never a middle ground. Moving to LA made me realize that snowstorms and 10 degree weather is a thing of the past.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Still sleeping since I work with overseas people until about 2-3am every night
10:00 AM - sorting out the day and making sure all teams / operations are on point
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
South Beverly Grill or Sugar Fish in LA
7:00 PM - Heading to the gym
11:00 PM - clocking into my second shift. We call it the night shift.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Cold brew from starbucks is my go to start the day. Also, tea and tons of water
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Favorite instagram account is @Hemperco of course!
What should everyone try at least once?
Everyone should try getting a deep tissue massage. It helps keep me relaxed after a long week of hustling and grinding.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I enjoy getting lost at the beach, in particular Malibu beach in Southern California. It gives me the chance to slow down my thoughts and let my mind drift to different places. I have actually have come up with some of my best ideas for the business while laying down at the beach for a couple of hours. Something about the silence and waves really helps me think.