2021 Juror

Justin Johnson

Founder & CEO


Justin Johnson

NEW YORK, USA // Justin Johnson is an entrepreneurial marketing expert with a common name and an uncommon background spanning digital strategy, business development, software, and cannabis. In late 2018 he founded BudsFeed.com, a community platform where enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and brands can “seed” the latest products, services, and content created for the cannabis community.

With 15 years in strategy and growth roles, Justin has held senior positions at some of the top creative and digital agencies in the country including WONGDOODY, Digitas, and Deep Focus, developing award winning strategies for Fortune 500 companies like American Express, eBay, Walmart, Unilever, and Pepsico Frito-Lay. He was also a founding partner and executive director of business development for Moment Studio, which was named Digiday’s Best Content Marketing Agency in its first year.

After working with every major social media platform over the span of his career, and spending a couple years in the startup space himself, Justin saw a growing consumer audience for cannabis-related information and few platforms that condoned it. With BudsFeed, he set out to create the preferred channel for consumers seeking to discover a broad range of cannabis related products and services, and for brands seeking to build awareness.

Over the past two years BudsFeed has grown by leaps and bounds, was featured in Forbes, and was shortlisted at the Cannabis Clio Awards. In the last two years also co-founded Chill Steel Pipes, which is the world’s first stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated smoking device, and actively advises new startups in the cannabis space.

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