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Jessica Billingsley

CEO, Co-Founder & Chairman of the BoardAkerna

Denver, CO

Member Since March 2021


Emerging Markets


Jessica Billingsley serves as Akerna’s Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair and is a highly regarded global thought leader in emerging sectors including web3 technology and cannabis. Her thought leadership is marked by her speeches delivered at high-profile cannabis industry events and conferences, bylines authored and published in top publications including Rolling Stone and Entrepreneur, and her notable inclusion on exclusive lists. She co-founded MJ Freeway, the first cannabis seed-to-sale tracking software, in 2010, and brought it public as Akerna, the first cannabis technology company to be listed on Nasdaq, in 2019. As a serial founder with 20+ years of technology and systems experience in rapidly scaling tech businesses, she has proven to be an accomplished innovator, executive, and thought leader.

Published content

Beyond Corporate AI: Why We Need an Open-Source Revolution


Broadening the pool of AI development contributors beyond corporate labs is not just ideal — it's essential.

Nine Key Factors to Consider When Collabing With a Creative Agency

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Consider these pivotal factors when partnering up for a campaign. Partnering with the right creative agency can be the difference between a lackluster campaign and a resounding success. As businesses seek to captivate audiences in more innovative ways, the selection of a suitable agency becomes a critical decision. But how does one discern the ideal match amid a sea of options? Here, Rolling Stone Culture Council members explain the crucial factors that demand your attention when evaluating potential creative agency partners. From a track record of creativity and adaptability to a shared understanding of the brand's vision, navigating these considerations can pave the way for fruitful and inspiring collaborations.

Eight Questions Every Business Leader Must Ask Before Implementing AI

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AI in the workplace could have some definite benefits — as well as some downfalls. In an era marked by the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (AI), businesses are increasingly presented with both unprecedented opportunities and ethical dilemmas. As organizations consider integrating AI technologies into their operations, the intricate web of challenges surrounding their creation and implementation continues to spark controversy. Before taking the plunge into the realm of AI, prudent business leaders find themselves standing at a crossroads, grappling not only with the promise of innovation but also with the potential pitfalls that lie ahead. To offer their insights, Rolling Stone Culture Council members share the critical questions business leaders should ask before making AI a part of their business in any meaningful way.

12 Ways to Manage Costs While Scaling Your Business

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From prioritizing necessary but high-cost items to leveraging technology, learn more about how to manage costs wisely while scaling your business. When it comes to scaling a business, managing finances effectively is crucial for success. As a business grows, so do its expenses, and without careful management, costs can quickly spiral out of control. But how can you keep costs under control while expanding your business? Below, Rolling Stone Culture Council members share expert tips and insights for managing costs wisely when scaling your business. From tracking expenses to optimizing processes and negotiating with suppliers, these strategies can help you build a sustainable business while keeping your finances in check.

Thriving in the Web 3.0 Era: How Traditional Media and Finance Can Adapt to Embrace the Future


The arrival of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 transformed how we consumed content, and now we're witnessing another groundbreaking shift with the rise of Web3.

Could Cannabis Be the South's New Cash Crop? 


It was a broad perception that these southern states would never legalize cannabis use — but things seem to be changing.  

Company details


Company bio

Akerna consolidates cannabis technology companies to connect data points in the global cannabis supply chain. In doing so, Akerna creates one of the world’s most transparent and accountable consumer packaged goods supply chain with global scale. We believe connected data and information will modernize and propel the cannabis industry increasing the power of businesses, governments, patients and consumers to make smart decisions.



Area of focus

Software Solutions
Marijuana Tracking
Inventory and Sales

Company size

201 - 500