NUGL is the world’s first cannabis search app built for the people, by the people. Our goal is to build the most user-friendly app experience in the cannabis industry by listening to our users and giving them what they want. NUGL is the only cannabis search app that offers equal and unbiased search results. We don’t sell top-spot listings or fake reviews, so our data stays true. Use NUGL to search for genuine user-rated dispensaries, strains, doctors, lawyers, cannabis service providers, vape shops, hydro stores, brands and more.
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Meet Our Team
Brandon Vargas - CEO
Brandon Vargas is a founding member of G6 Management, a full-service consulting firm, advising cannabis professionals in all aspects of business. With over 10 years’ experience in the cannabis space, he has worked on dispensary, cultivation and infusion entity formation, licensing, real estate acquisitions, construction and build outs, marketing, policy and procedures, compliance, staffing, and capital raises.
Mr. Vargas has an extensive background working with various medical marijuana companies on investment and in developing greenhouse and commercial cultivation, distillate for vapes cartridges, CBD oils and infusions. Having created an investment team for medical marijuana startups, his vast understanding of the industry and experience lends Brandon unique edge in all of their cannabis related ventures.
Ryan Bartlette - CMO
Co-Founder and CMO of 23Forty LLC and Boxy, Ryan has expertly positioned and branded many companies while bringing them to market. As a sought out graphic artist, front-end developer, photographer, and visual artist with experience in the entertainment and technology industry, Ryan brings exactly what is needed to the NUGL team.
Jeff Odle - CTO
Jeff Odle, a successful senior software architect has a long and distinguished career developing some of the most innovative, cutting edge platforms available. His unique and distinctive approach to creating the blueprint for advanced programming is industry leading and unprecedented. He is a top-level architect responsible for developing some of the most forward-‐looking software for various industries. Jeff is proficient in multiple languages and has managed large projects and teams.
Danielle Cavallucci - Social & Community Manager
Danielle Cavallucci, published author, blogger, copywriter and brand manager for many years, joins the NUGL team to assist with the development of its online community. Her experience in film, publishing, branding, marketing, sales and PR lend themselves to creating a positive, progressive online community for NUGL and the 420 community.
Members of the Board
John R. Armstrong - Board Member
John R. Armstrong is a founding partner of Horwitz + Armstrong, A Professional Law Corporation, a full service general business firm handling all aspects of litigation and business strategy and advice. Mr. Armstrong and his Partner, Lawrence Horwitz each have over 10 years’ experience in the business cannabis space, and have represented cannabis professionals in all aspects of business, from business formation, license and estate acquisitions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, capital raises and alternative financing, contracts, and dispute resolution.
Previously, Mr. Armstrong was a partner at Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP, handling general business litigation and trials, arbitrations, and mediations in various fields including construction, insurance, trade secrets, intellectual property, wage and hour complaints, employment issues, corporate dissolution disputes, probate disputes, and other general business disputes.
Mr. Armstrong graduated cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in 1996 where he was the Lead Articles Editor for the Creighton Law Review and a member of the environmental moot court team. He earned undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science from California State University Fullerton in 1993, where he was a member of the speech and debate team.
Mr. Armstrong has been admitted to the California State Bar since 1996, and is admitted to the North, Eastern, Central, and Southern District Courts for California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Armstrong is also member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, limited to lead trial counsel who have successfully tried a case resulting in a jury verdict of $1,000,000 or more. Mr. Armstrong was also a contributing editor to the Ninth Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary, and has been a member of the California State Bar’s Sub-Committee on the official California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI).
Hendrik Klein - Board Member
Hendrik Klein is the founder of Da Vinci Asset Management, a privately owned investment management firm, and serves as CEO and executive board member of Fritz Nols AG, a capital market consulting firm where he works in trading and asset management.
Hendrik Klein is a networker and business generator of the highest order. As an award willing investment opportunist, he’s aided a slew of institutional and high stakes investors.
Winner of the Austrian Hedge Fund Award, German Hedge Fund Award and recently Global Best performing Systematic Quantitative CTA, Hendrik and the staff of his firm Da Vinci employ the latest quantitative data research and analysis in the investment strategy. Only in twelve’s year in business, the privately owned firm has already built a strong reputation in the hedge fund management industry.
He is president of the Executive Board of Megafanshop.com AG, which manufactures lifestyle products and sells fan items worldwide. He played an integral part in the acquisition of Italian luxury fashion shoe brand Bruno Magli, HEROES, C.H.Wolf watchmaker in Glashütte and licensing Manchester United and NBA Lifestyle shoes. As a professional who speaks both German and English, he loves to use his above par language skills when initiating new business agreements.
Hendrik’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, and running. He graduated with an MBA from Hochschule Mittweida in Germany. He lives in Switzerland.
Chris Adams - Board Member
Owner & CEO Chris Adams leads the development team at thinklogic and sets the standard for innovation that our clients expect. His start-up experience has proven his ability to develop top-performing productivity software.
Chris was a principal founder of leads360, later rebranded as Velocify. Ellie Mae acquired this lead management software for $128 million in 2017. He also worked with Brand3, a venture funded marketing solution startup. His team was responsible for product integration, launching the software to American Express, Williams-Sonoma, Sony and Compaq.
This background serves Chris well as a board member of several tech start-ups today. His consistent focus on start-up tech keeps leading edge tools and strategies at the front of thinklogic operations. He uses visual architectural diagrams as a foundation for technology solutions. The visual diagrams inform project plans and schedules for greatest efficiency.
As a former Petty Officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Adams held top secret NATO clearance. He worked on Fleet Tracking Systems and Satellite Relay Devices at that time.
Horwitz + Armstrong, A Professional Law Corporation, represents businesses operating primarily in Southern California but also throughout the world. Our firm handles the myriad of legal issues that arise from business operations, including entity formation, intellectual property protection, raising of capital, mergers and acquisitions, drafting contracts and associated advice, dissolution and bankruptcy. Our trial lawyers represent business interests in a broad variety of disputes including contract disputes, shareholder and partnership disagreements, intellectual property issues, collection matters and virtually any other dispute arising from business operations. Our clients range from small, privately held local business to mid-size technology companies with operations throughout the world.
Our practice does not focus upon any one industry, but instead our clients come from virtually every economic sector including financial management and planning, manufacturing and distribution, professional and medical services, energy and alternative energy, high technology and software. Our firm has a unique expertise in assisting companies in identifying and raising financial capital in both the private and public markets. We focus upon supporting business operations and assuring that, if at all possible, operational requirements take priority over legal issues. We pride ourselves on our business acumen and experience, rather than simply providing legal advice. We also pride ourselves at providing high quality but cost effective litigation services when informal conflict resolution efforts fail.
v1.1.2 Jun 13, 2018
Fixed bug where searching for brands from any page other than map takes user to map with no location pin.
Added ability to edit business info on listings.
Fixed bug where all map filters were automatically checked.
Fixed bug where map filters would not uncheck
Added "Showing All Results" toggle as map filter option.
On both listings and brands changed toggle switch from “Publish” to “Publish to Map” to make more clear to users.
Update instructions for image upload during listing and brand creation.
Fixed bug where uploading cover image title said "Upload Logo".
Renamed "Banner" image to "Cover Photo" to make more clear to users
Renamed "Logo" to "Company Logo" to make more clear to user.
Fixed bug where social media links would not appear on Brand profiles.
Updated clock icon on store hours.
Fixed bug where trying to skip address input on adding new listings results in time out.
v1.1.1 Jun 7, 2018
Fixed bug where text would overlay input fields rendering an inability to save data.
Fixed formatting of phone numbers.
Added retail icon to search filters.
Added social media fields to brand profiles.
Added filter text next to filter button.
v1.1.0 Jun 4, 2018
Added Brand management tab under account management.
Added public Brand profile pages.
Added ability for listings to be edited.
Added ability for brands to be edited.
Updated search database to use Algolia.
Upgraded Material UI to version 1.0.
Added filters to the listing results.
Users can filter by listing type and service type.
Improvements to map search:
Users can search by types, keywords and shop name.
Search results now include Brands.
Minor bug fixes.
v1.0.0 May 1, 2018
Official launch of NUGL v1.0.0
Add ratings section to profiles and allow anyone (members and non-members) to leave ratings.
Add the following rating categories and display average on profile / listings:
Variety or Selection
Overall (average of combined scores)
Minor bug fixes.
v1.0.0-beta.3 Apr 8, 2018
Password update section in the user’s account page.
Added legal verbiage to sign up process.
Updated main menu.
Added tooltip descriptions of listing icons.
Minor bug fixes:
Fix URL error with listing social media URLs.
Profile image improvements.
Fix responsive styling for XS devices.
v1.0.0-beta.2 Apr 1, 2018
Public listing page updates:
Address is clickable and redirects the user to a map for easy directions.
Phone is clickable and will dial if clicked on a mobile device.
Email is clickable and will open up an email app if clicked on a mobile device.
Social media links now redirect the user to the business’ social media website.
Added website link.
Clicking in the search bar now highlights the text to make subsequent searches easier to perform.
Added sign up link in the menu for more visibility to new users.
Improvements to ElasticSearch to increase performance.
Improvements to Firestore to increase performance.
Responsive fixes on various pages to better support small devices.
Enforce unique listing IDs for public URLs.
Photo storage improvements.
Minor bug fixes.
v1.0.0-beta.1 Mar 24, 2018
Replaced NUGL’s back end and infrastructure with Google Firebase’ suite of services: Firestore, Cloud Storage and Firebase Functions.
Released a new version of the static front-end responsive website: nugl.com.
Released the responsive React Single Page Application (SPA) to app.nugl.com.
Introduced ElasticSearch to our tech stack for fast and robust searching of dispensaries and services.
Major features of app.nugl.com:
Account Management: sign in, sign up, forgot password and password verification.
Map: Draggable map that allows you to look for listings within a chosen area.
Profile Management: Form to collect user’s basic information.
Business Management: Listings management to allow business owners to create publicly viewable and searchable business profiles.
Public Dispensary and Service Profiles: Map and search results can redirect users to business profile pages where they can view business information, such as: address, contact info, social media info and hours of operation.
v1.0.0-beta Jan 17, 2018
Created a development test server for NUGL.com
Set up Jenkins so all commits to master go to production site and all commits to other branches automatically go to dev site.
Created new SQL database for dev environment. All dev data goes into a dev database keeping production data clean.
Set up automatic migrations so any database change will now be made by Jenkins instead of manually by developers. This is true for dev and live.
Added shop type and categories to Create and Edit profile.
Fixed bug with address lookup where every address was returning the same spot on the east coast.
Fixed bug that was requiring us to add better validation to create and edit forms.