I discovered the new technology that Rosinbomb utilizes through a mutual friend who is really into dabbing concentrates. His name is Otto Sabina and I believe that he knows more about this genre of *dabbing thcthan most anyone I’ve met. (Thank you Otto for teaching me about the art and the science of what I clearly don’t know anything about…)
When I visited Otto out in Colorado a few months ago I noticed some of the massive machines that were being utilized into the methodology of making rosin, and they were complex machines. Most of these machines use air-pressure and that requires an air pump, not something that is small nor lightweight. Each part of the presses require many onerous and heavy moving parts that you just cannot move from place to place easily or quickly. They are definitely not table-top.
What if someone wanted to replicate this complex technology of making rosin and subtracted the complexity and overwhelming size of the technology? What if they wanted to do this at home instead of paying exorbitant amounts of money for someone else to make it for them?
That’s where the product named Rosinbomb is so important. Their noteworthy technology fits on your kitchen counter at home. In overall footprint it’s not much larger than a toaster oven and much more fun to use, although the Rosinbomb doesn’t make frozen Ellio’s Pizza like my toaster-oven, it does make some of most well-extracted and efficient rosin you’ve ever tasted from your own herbs.
Why efficient? Simple grasshopper, you keep the cost down by making it yourself.
I’m really mechanically indifferent. I can’t fix anything that plugs into the wall, nor would I want to try. I’d rather buy a product like rosin than make it myself. The Rosinbomb however helped me figure out what was missing between my two ears. (Not my brain, that’s been challenged for a while now…) This machine was super-easy to assemble, even for a neophyte like myself. It’s nearly plug and play. All you’ll need are the flowers of CBD, or THC plus some other things like special wax paper to hold your rosin. It’s really very succinct. Almost anyone can enjoy using it.
I challenge you to find any machine on the market that can make such a high-quality rosin with the technology that is available right now- for home use!
Impossible I will say. There is nothing like this machine.
And it’s really fun to use when you think of all the money you will be saving by making rosin yourself, which at last look costs about seventy-five dollars per half-gram. Such a deal! You will recoup your entire expenditure in less than a couple months from your savings. A massive win-win!
Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you (both) from?
(Ryan Mayer) I’m from North of Seattle, Washington – Everett.
(Fed Angelopoulos) I am from Central Massachusetts. I grew up in an old mill town, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I spent a lot of time in my youth on Cape Cod.
WB: Where is your company based?
(RM) Phoenix, AZ.
WB: What do you do?
(RM) I’m the Founder, President and Inventor of all of our technology. I oversee production and focus on the brand vision.
(FA) I’m the CEO and oversee day-to-day operations. I focus mostly on the sales and marketing ends of the company.
WB: Please tell me about the Company.
(RM) I started the company a few years back as I was developing some innovative tech for juice presses. I saw the need in the Cannabis/CBD markets for affordable and easy-to-use rosin presses, as a lot of consumers are turning to high-potency extracts. Additionally, a growing number of consumers want to know what is in their consumable. Our products provide just that with the added ability to mix and blend rosin & essential oils to fit their needs. We’re very proud to deliver a safe, solventless solution – effectively and affordably to our customers.
(FA) The company was in its early stages when I met Ryan. Within the first few minutes I saw how brilliant of a developer he is and I knew he was creating products that would change peoples lives for the better. As we grew and developed new products, we saw the opportunity to take the business public in 2018 and since have grown the company to be the far and away market leader with a number of issued and submitted patents as well new innovations on the horizon.
WB: What was your path to where you are now?
(RM) As I mentioned, I was focused on juice press technology. I’m very much focused on holistic health methodologies so I guess as we like to say, it’s been an evolution from Fruits to Flowers.
(FA) I had a company in Lexington Massachusetts called Think Technologies, which was one of the first software developers on the Mac. We merged with Symantec out in Cupertino, California. That was around 1989, 1990 which is what brought me to California.
WB: Did you go to business school? Technology school? Hard Knocks?
(RM) Definitely graduated with honors from the School of Hard Knocks. My dad is a machinist and I learned a lot from him starting at a very young age. I was always a tinkerer and liked to take things apart to learn how they worked.
(FA) I graduated Bentley University. I put myself through school and took out college loans while driving a truck through the streets of Boston and making deliveries. I like to say I was attending the the school of hard knocks while going to school. From there, I went into sales and into technology.
WB: Do you have a mentor? Who?
(RM) I would say my dad is really my mentor. He’s was always one of those people that is very passionate about life and innovation. He taught me a lot about being innovative and a problem solver.
(FA) When I went to work for Wang Labs, I met a gentleman named Dick Trudel who happened to grow up in the town next to mine. He was from a similar background – kind of like a hard knocks guy. I was 23 or 24 at the time, and he was maybe 50. I looked up to him and I learned a lot from him. I was fortunate to have been in a situation where someone who was over twice my age was so helpful. He believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and that was so incredible.
WB: How many failures before this?
(RM) A few. I had a transmission business prior to starting Rosinbomb. It was going well but I ended up in a bit of a rut and it wasn’t evolving as I had envisioned. I felt as though I needed a change and began to focus on my passion for press technology innovation. But I’ve always seen the challenges and failures as stepping stones to where I’m at today.
(FA) Businesses is like baseball. If you hit 300 you’re doing great. That means that around 70% of the time you’re failing. You hit 300, you can keep moving, you keep getting around the bases. So, for sure I’ve had failures, things that I thought were going to be tremendous successes, but either the timing was off or various factors lead to them not developing as expected. But for me, the one constant in my life that has been of success has been my family. Everything else is secondary. And I’m just very lucky and very grateful.
Wb: What is your six and twelve month goals?
(RM) The six month goal for us would definitely be to have a smaller, handheld device out there because I know there’s a major need for people at home that don’t have significant amounts of money to spend on things but they need that medication, or recreation to make their life a little better. And as far as 12 months out, we’re very close to completion on a much larger production press that we feel will be a terrific alternative to solvent-based extraction solutions.
(FA) It’s an important year for the company. We are expanding our distribution and transitioning our manufacturing where by we did 100% of our manufacturing in house but we’ve grown beyond those capabilities. So enlisting some very good technology partners to help us with that is an important goal and I think were well on the path to achieving and succeeding with that.
We’ve migrated away from one of our original core products, the M50 and we launched the M60, which we’re very proud of. M60 is far easier to build than the M50.
We were the first to manufacture a product that goes on your kitchen counter and is an appliance that is part of your daily life. We are the first with the M60 that has the Flow Channel™ Technology that has the ability now for high volume processing. The M60 can process up to 10 pounds in an 8 hour day without having to stop and gather after every press. 100% percent organic, solventless pure rosin that yields the highest price per gram in the market. You compare that to a CO2 extractor that can do 30 pounds a day. If a manufacturer operates three M60’s, now you’re doing 30 pounds a day at $7,500 vs hundreds of thousands of dollars producing inorganic material and requiring large-scale machinery.
Our job is to deliver more M60’s to the market over the next six months. We really want to get the word out there that this is truly the first and only solventless volume processing extraction technology. Additionally, we’re looking at the two other major opportunities, a small handheld portable device that is super exciting that’s going to be going to be a very cool, portable, cordless press. And secondly, we’re working on something extremely innovative, which we call ‘The Big Unit’ as a code name. It has its roots with Randy Johnson, the pitcher in Seattle. When Ryan was a young guy he got an autographed baseball from Randy Johnson, so the big unit is something we’re super excited about. We think that’s a game changer that is going to process significantly more a day than a CO2 extractor, significantly more.
WB: What obstacles do you face?
(RM) I think the largest obstacle we face is that a lot of the products are subpar but they have extremely good marketing. They eat up a lot of market share that I believe we deserve for the work that we’ve put in to create truly high-quality products.
Some brands don’t actually know the attributes of their own products or choose not to publish factual information additionally, they may not be the original manufacturer. They’re selling something that they should be priced much lower because it’s not actually delivering as advertised. So when someone looks at something and it says four tons and it actually only puts out two tons, that person is buying that because the main element in this portion of the marketplace is how much force the device puts out.
When a brand promotes that their product is pressing four tons at a very affordable price, the buyer is quick to purchase but often it’s really much less force. If the buyer would have known that it only produces two tons, they would have the facts to make an educated purchasing decision. The lack of regulation in this industry is the real issue because it doesn’t hold anyone to any standards.
(FA) The biggest challenge that we face is the misinformation in the marketplace- by a lot of vendors to be honest with you. There are a lot of technology based companies that are coming into the market and trying to take advantage of the opportunity so when you’re building a technology it’s really important to state clearly and honestly what the attributes are of that technology. As far as information about a consumable product like Cannabis, data can be provided on the flower or the extract being that it’s strictly regulated. But on the technology, not so much.
For a company like us, which we trend to understate our press capabilities. We claim the Rosinbomb Rocket generates 1500 pounds of force and we guarantee that. Usually when you test pressure test it, it comes around 1600 to 1800, but we say 1500 and there’s just a lot of companies out there that make claims that their press can create twice as much force as our product and when you test them out, it’s about half as much. So that’s really the biggest challenge and it can be hard to overcome because perception is reality and if brands are creating false perceptions the consumer is affected negatively.
WB: How do you anticipate removing these obstacles?
(RM) Truth in marketing – being persistent in our messaging and consistent with our quality.
(FA) We’d love to get our product to more influencers and key messengers of the trends in the market with factual information. We’re open to participate in any type of product shoot-outs and comparisons. What we’re doing is building unique technology that is best of breed among the brands out there and we’re tying intellectual property around it with patents. We’re being as diligent as possible to broadcast our message to help educate consumers.
WB: What is your favorite kind of food?
(RM) I really enjoy comfort food, like a terrific burger.
(FA) Stemming from my roots, I love Greek food. I also love Italian, French and Seafood being from the Cape Cod area.
WB: What is your favorite restaurant and where is it?
(RM) We love to cook at home often so I’d say shopping at Whole Foods and making a variety of dishes is more to my tastes.
(FA) Le Bistro d’Henri in Paris is by far my favorite. The escargot is amazing and they do a buttered Scallops in lemongrass risotto that’s simply out of this world.
WB: What is your passion?
(RM) I named the company after my son, Marverick. My son is the reason why I do everything. He’s going to carry on the family name and that’s the number one most important reason why I work so hard. Second to that, is just being able to build and innovate something that no one else has made or built before. Once you have that, it’s the accomplishment or the sense of accomplishment that you can look back on as part of your legacy.
(FA) At this point in my life, my true passion is the artistic and cultural journey my wife and I are on. It’s really a blessing to enjoy so many astounding experiences with the woman I love. Also, I have a tremendous passion for wildlife and animals.