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Akerna Announces Addition to World’s Largest Marijuana Exchange Traded Fund

Joins Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF & Horizons US Marijuana Index ETF—combined net assets over $630 million

DENVER — October 2, 2019— Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN) today announced its addition to the holdings of the world’s largest suite of cannabis exchange traded funds, including the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (“HMMJ”:TSX), and the Horizons US Marijuana Index ETF (“HMUS”:NEO).

Akerna Corp. Reports Fiscal Year 2019 Results

Fiscal 2019 Total Revenue increased to approximately $11 Million. MJ Platform continues to demonstrate high SaaS growth, with 55% billings growth for the month of June 2019 compared to June 2018

DENVER, Sept. 23, 2019 — Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN) (or the “Company”), a leading cannabis compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first seed-to-sale enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology – MJ Platform®, today announced financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019.

Akerna Joins Forces with solo sciences to Create Transparency & Accountability in Response to Recent Vaping Deaths

Both companies are teaming up to enable brands to track seed-to-sale and engage consumers to easily verify the authenticity of individual product units

DENVER – September 19, 2019 – Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN) announced today its exclusive partnership with solo sciences, inc., developer of the world’s first cryptographically-secure cannabis product authentication system.

Akerna Announces Key Partnership with Isolocity Enabling First GMP-Compliant, Global Cannabis Export Technology Solution

Showcases Innovation at Upcoming MJ Biz Int’l in Toronto

DENVER, August 27, 2019 — Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading seed-to-sale regulatory compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology – MJ Platform®, announced today a strategic partnership with Isolocity.

Utah Selects Akerna to Run Its Seed-To-Sale Tracking Program

State will use next generation Leaf Data Systems, setting new standard for government regulation

DENVER, August 14, 2019 — Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN), a leading seed-to-sale regulatory compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first enterprise resource planning (ERP) software technology – MJ Platform®, announced today it has been awarded a new contract from the Utah Department of Health and Department of Agriculture to implement its seed-to-sale tracking platform, Leaf Data Systems® (Leaf Data) for Utah’s new medical cannabis program.

Akerna Launches Loyalty Program Analytics to MJ Platform

Hosts Webinar on July 31st to Showcase New Reports & Patient Insight Capabilities

DENVER—July 24, 2019—Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN) announced today the rollout of new rewards analytics reporting functionality to its premier service offering, MJ Platform®—the leading seed-to-sale regulatory compliance technology. Reports will detail rewards by type, determine the breakdown of manual and system rewards, drill down into patient demographics, as well as report on individual patients and their reward activity.

Jessica Billingsley

MJ Freeway

Jessica Billingsley has served as MJ Freeway’s Chief Executive Officer since April 2018. She co-founded MJ Freeway in 2010 and served as President from 2010 to April 2018. Prior to MJ Freeway, Jessica was CEO and founder of Zoco, a technology services firm with clients across the United States. She has 20 years of technology and systems experience with rapidly scaling businesses, and holds a degree in Communications and Computer Science from the University of Georgia. Jessica was recently included in Inc. Magazine’s 100 Female Founders list, 2018.

Ray Thompson

Chief Operating Officer

Ray Thompson is the Chief Operations Officer at MJ Freeway. He has 15+ years of corporate management experience including operations, sales, and talent management. From 2008 to 2016, Ray served as the Senior Vice President of VisionLink, a multiagency humanitarian software platform. From 2016-2018, Ray was Head of Customer and Sales Operations at Gloo, a people development platform. With 20+ experience in software systems, Ray specializes in the meeting the unique needs of high growth technology companies and helping them scale.

Ruth Ann Kraemer

Chief Financial Officer

Ruth Ann leads MJF’s financial operations. From 2012 to 2018, she served as CFO of Tempo Financial Holdings, Tempo Financial US Corp, and Unidos Financial Services, subsidiaries of Catalina Acquisitions. From 2010 to 2012, she worked for Linc Energy Operations as Divisional CFO. Prior to that, Ruth Ann was CFO for Allegro Multimedia, and has held various financial roles throughout her career. She was certified as a CPA in 1985.

Mark D. Iwanowski

Global Visions-SV, Inc.

Mark D. Iwanowski is the Founder, CEO and President of Global Visions-SV, Inc. He was previously a Managing Director with Trident Capital, Cleantech and served as Senior Vice Presential Global IT and CIO for Oracle Corporation. Mark also held executive positions with Raytheon and was principal at three successful startups—Applied Remote Technology, Quantum Magnetics, and Neohapsis. He earned his MBA from National University and California Institute of Technology, and B.S. in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Emery Huang

Batu Capital

Emery Huang is senior partner at Batu Capital, which is a multi-family office managed by Emery and Evan Huang. Batu looks for opportunities in cryptocurrency, cannabis, and big data that constitute either game-changing technologies or are late-stage/pre-IPO enterprises that have built wide economic moats. Prior to Batu, Emery was senior partner at Titan Capital.

Matt Kane

Green Shades Software

Matt Kane is the Co-Founder of Greenshades Software where he serves as Co-CEO. He is also a Co-Founder of Welltality, where he served as CEO from 2014-2018 and has remained a Board Member since 2014. Matt’s background is in building, growing and scaling software companies. He has been a member of the MJ Freeway Board of Directors since 2015 and earned his MBA from Warrington College of Business at University of Florida and B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Jacksonville University.

Roger McNamee

Elevation Partners

Roger McNamee co-founded Elevation, an investment partnership focused on the intersection of media and entertainment content and consumer technology. In 1999, he co-founded Silver Lake Partners, the first private equity fund focused on technology businesses. He notably was a key early investor in Facebook, and he released his insights on the social media site in a new book called “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” published by Penguin Random House.

Tahira Rehmatullah


Tahira Rehmatullah serves as MTech Acquisition Corp’s CFO, Managing Director of Hypur Ventures, and Board Member of Dope Media. She is also an advisor to numerous businesses and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Tahira has been named one of the top leaders and investors in cannabis by Fortune and Complex, and is dedicated to developing female and minority leadership in the market. She earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and B.S. in Finance and Life Sciences from The Ohio State University.

Douglas Rothschild


Douglas Rothschild is MTech’s senior advisor and a senior analyst at Scoggin Management LP, a privately-owned hedge fund sponsor. Since joining Scoggin in 2002, he has focused on analyzing and investing in both public and private securities across all asset sectors. Prior to joining Scoggin, Doug was an associate in the asset management group of Goldman Sachs, where he focused on the real estate, lodging and gaming sectors. Doug received a B.A. in Finance from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. He is a CFA charterholder.

Scott Sozio


Scott Sozio serves as the CEO of MTech Acquisition Corp., and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Director of Hypur Ventures, as well as Partner at the family office investment firm of MTech’s Chairman, Van Dyke Holdings, since its inception in 2013. Scott is Director of Hypur Inc., a banking compliance technology business, and Director of Simplifya Holdings, LLC, a cannabis compliance technology business. He received his B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University.