Alan Gertner is the co-founder and CEO of Tokyo Smoke, a modern lifestyle business that is inclusive of Cannabis.

A lover of technology, design, and everything in-between, Alan most recently led a $+100M organization at Google in Asia.  Alan is a proven leader in strategy and operations, including as a founding member of Google’s first Global Business Strategy team while based in Mountain View, California. Alan was formerly a Management Consultant at Oliver Wyman in New York and graduated Dean’s list from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada’s leading business school, in 2006. As a youngster, Alan spent every moment he could interning at wild and weird startups – from building flashy flash websites to developing and selling the garbage bin billboard.

An angel investor and advisor outside of Tokyo Smoke, Alan supports programs that empower the greater startup community, the cannabis movement and future generations of people pursuing their passions, including his own Time On Project (, dedicated to self-disruption, mindfulness, and winning at life.

Alan went to computer camp as a kid, he reads too much, loves traveling, and getting lost.

Tokyo Smoke was created to bring design, education, and emotion to cannabis. Ultimately, we believe in changing the world through iconic cannabis normalization.

Listen as we talk about cannabis and how Canada is leading the way, how an experience in Ghana changed Alan’s course, and a book recommendation from Alan.

Show Notes:

  • We’re talking about cannabis, and up here in Canada, currently we’re talking about medicinal cannabis, but soon we’re just talking about the big C, cannabis, right? July 2018? (6:25)
  • It has incredible properties, it’s an anti-inflammatory, it helps relieve pain. (12:00)
  • I had the chance to do something new and good. Have a little bit more power over my own narrative, and the way I was going to live my life, but also felt deeply unsettling. I didn’t make any money for two years. (35:30)
  • Seveneaves. It’s a science fiction book. It couldn’t have been better. It’s science fiction, so it’s totally disconnected from my life, but lots of broad questions about life, and who we are, and what we’re going to end up being. (44:30)
  • We live in a world where technology is incredibly important and is meaningful to our existence, but I hate email so much. It’s the worst. (48:00)

Deadly Quotes:

“Canada is going to be the first D20 country to have fully legal, nation wide, marijuana. It is around the corner.” (6:35)

“Around a quarter of Canadians consume cannabis on a semi-regular basis. A tremendous number of people, and that’s reported. That means that someone called you, and said, “Do you do something illegal?” And you were like, “Yeah, I do something illegal.” (8:30)

“I get to meet all these new people, and sort of the preverbal straw that broke the camel’s back was I was lucky to go see a voodoo ceremony in Ghana” (20:00)

“I had this plan where I thought, “I’m going to quit. I’m going to go out and travel for a bit, and do these things that I really wanted to do, that I couldn’t do when I worked.” (24:30)

“In a world where fulfillment, and meaning, to me is longer lasting, to me is more enriching, to me is ultimately made me feel better. Happiness is so momentary, but just feels better.” (41:00)

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