TheBridge profile: David Mack
Eaze recently announced it's launching a CBD platform. This is the company's first nationwide expansion. More with the company’s SVP here:
Name: David Mack
Current city: San Francisco, CA
Current job: SVP Policy and Public Affairs, Eaze
Past job: Senior Director of Public Affairs, Lyft
Q. Favorite spot for a coffee meeting? Caffe Bianco
Q. Describe how a skill you learned in a previous job helped you in your current job. Nobody feels bad for a corporation and policymakers ultimately care about how their constituents are impacted and how they're are perceived by their peers. Even if you win a big policy battle, it is expensive in the long run and people have a long memory. Diplomacy is always the best, first option.
Q. Job advice in three words? Get fun colleagues.
Q. How are you (or your company, org, nonprofit) currently bridging the gap between politics and tech / innovation and regulation? Our team at Eaze is working on cannabis policy at the federal, state and local level. Cannabis is a unique industry because, on one hand the legal market is brand new and on the other, no one doesn't already have a well formed opinion on the subject. Eaze is uniquely positioned to use data to support policymakers who are trying to build a sustainable cannabis industry. Publishing regular reports on the market and being transparent with data has been an important contribution.
Q. What can Silicon Valley (innovators) teach DC (regulators)? Don't get married to ideas and be flexible. You are going to get things wrong and that's ok. Be willing to change and use independent data to inform change.
Q. What can DC (regulators) teach Silicon Valley (innovators)? Getting things wrong at scale can hurt real people, and policymakers have audiences in DC and back home that must both be satisfied. Make sure you consider how your awesome idea will translate to real life.
But let's be honest, the revolving door between DC and Silicon Valley is well established at this point. Both places attract ambitious and smart people who generally want to make positive change in the world.
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