A Cal Poly Alumn, Ben Larson left the school of engineering to engage in transportation consulting before getting sucked into start-up land. He struggled through a couple of his own startups (and others) finding my passion for creating. helped grow a global startup community with the Founder Institute. Looking for a new challenge he dove into the cannabis industry with the Gateway incubator. He continues to coach and invest in startups inside and outside the cannabis industry. Always looking for a challenge, he’s now taking an additional seat as CEO on the other side of the table for a start-up in the space. He shares insights from each perspective in his monthly column, Startupland.