Jason White is a name that the cannabis industry will soon know.
For five years, while Apple owned the company, White was vice president of marketing for Beats by Dre. In 2016, he then graduated to the global head of marketing. White worked with LeBron James’s “Re-Established” campaign that marked his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and got Beats by Dre headphones on three of the top four picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.
For years, White’s job was to make Beats irreplaceable in popular culture, and his efforts helped Beats command 46 percent of all the money spent in the U.S. on wireless headphones in December 2016, according to Statistica. That marketplace share was more than 20 times larger than its parent company’s Apple AirPods demand. White was dominant but wasn’t fulfilled.
“Beats was starting to become a mature brand. We were competing with Apple AirPods in the headphone space. I was at a point in my career when I wanted to do something creative,” White told ONE37pm.
For White, owning market share dominance and working at one of the most successful U.S. companies in history wasn’t enough. While he loved his time at Beats, White says he didn’t always feel a perfect alignment with his purpose in life and the work that he was doing. It wasn’t until he came on as chief marketing officer of Cura Partners in February that he felt complete. “For the first time, I was able to put purpose and profession together,” he said.”
Cura Partners, Inc touts itself as the most significant cannabis oil company in Oregon and California and was sold in May for $1 billion, the largest deal for a company in the cannabis industry. White oversees the development of Select, the consumer-facing subsection of Cura’s company. He spoke with ONE37pm about how his time at Beats has helped him in the cannabis industry.