This past week, Forbes brought together over a thousand of the brightest entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and celebrities for their inaugural “Under 30 Summit” in Philadelphia. Among the attendees were Wiz Khalifa, Peter Thiel, Monica Lewinsky, Jim Breyer, Steve Case, Afrojack and the MassRoots team.
On Sunday, the Summit kicked off with a concert headlined by Wiz Khalifa and Afrojack. Smoke and the smell of marijuana were abundant — both among the Under 30 Summit attendees and the performers. The MassRoots team had the opportunity to meet both Wiz and Afrojack after their respective performances and share MassRoots’ mission.
At 12:00 AM on Monday morning, Philadelphia became the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana, with possession now being roughly the equivalent of a traffic ticket. Given that a supermajority of millennials now support the legalization of marijuana, there was no better place than the Forbes Under 30 Summit for the law to go into effect. The MassRoots team had the opportunity to personally thank Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Forbes Under 30 After Party.
On Monday and Tuesday, we heard from billionaire venture capitalists Peter Thiel and Jim Breyer as well as billionaire entrepreneurs Steve Case and Sarah Blakely. The event itself allowed for attendees to interact and pitch many of the speakers and high-profile attendees. While many of the mainstream VCs and billionaires still perceive it as too early to get involved in the cannabis industry, we had the opportunity to introduce them to MassRoots and give them a clearer picture of where the industry is headed.
“Tyler Knight (CMO) with Afrojack”
The Forbes Under 30 Summit was a success not only for MassRoots, but for the marijuana industry as a whole. For the marijuana industry to even have representation at an event of this caliber shows just how far it has come.