San Francisco-based “Uber” for medical marijuana Eaze announced the acquisition of $1.5 million in seed funding this week and a product roadmap that could one day lead to delivery via drone.
Eaze founder Keith McCarty was an early employee of enterprise social networking startup Yammer, which Microsoft bought in 2012 for $1.2 billion. When the San Francisco resident first thought up his hit new delivery app, Eaze, drones seemed logical.
“If I were to paint a grand vision of how to deliver medicine, it was definitely part of the plan,” McCarty said Wednesday. “Some of our patients are developing drones and they’ve hit us up.”
Alas, THC via UAV, “is up not on our short-term product road map,” McCarty said.
Eaze’s seed funding will pay for network engineers to back up the company’s “medical marijuana in ten minutes” promise.
Verified patients open the Eaze web page on their phones, select strain, quantity and hit “Request Delivery”. Eaze delivers in as little as 6 minutes, anywhere around SF, according to in-house tests. Vetted collectives provide the flowers — with top-shelf cuts of Sherbert, Blue Dream, and 49er OG comparable to the best dispensary stocks.
Launched in July out of an apartment, the start-up served 500 patients in its first two weeks, it states. It’s rapidly growing past 12 employees at a new office in SOMA.
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