There’s one segment of the gig economy that’s required by law, in California at least, to hire drivers as employees: cannabis! With earnings, tips and more, it all adds up to a pretty good wage – and this segment of the gig economy is only going to get bigger in the future. In this episode, I chat with Zack Ein, the founder and CEO of cannabis-delivery company Grassdoor, about this unique work opportunity, what is Grassdoor and how it works.
Intro to Zack Ein
- Founder and CEO of Grassdoor
- Had a software development company pre-Grassdoor
- Had the idea, 4 years ago, to build a robust cannabis delivery platform
- Realized regulators did not want tech-only companies in this space
What is Grassdoor?
- Became a cannabis retailer because couldn’t remain just a tech company
- 2019 – received first retail license
- Still relatively new industry – even in 2019!
- Primarily works in Los Angeles area
What is it like Driving for Grassdoor?
- W-2 position – full benefits, too
- Drivers get decent tips (Friday evenings are high demand)
- Mileage reimbursement
- Obviously not for everyone! Do make later night deliveries
- Need to have a good driving record!
- Get a lot of former rideshare drivers
- Drivers are employees, with protections and benefits
- Could other companies survive with this business model? Probably not
Future for Grassdoor
- Go to Grassdoor and find an application to apply!
- Grassdoor is becoming dominant in the cannabis industry – remote jobs available too!
- Focusing on growth
- Big thanks to Zack for coming on the podcast and chatting about cannabis and last mile delivery – this is an interesting vertical!