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Our Timeline

By Oliver Mandt-Rauch

March 1st. 2012

Humble Beginnings

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Ralf registers for his first medical recommendation and decides to visit a collective. Upon arrival, he is surprised by several things (as many first time patients are). The relatively heavy security, wide array of products, and primitive check-in system were all lingering thoughts in his mind as he left the establishment contemplating the opportunities presented.
 
March 15th. 2012

The Light Bulb

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Ralf returns to his newfound dispensary, where he meets the owner Christian Klump, a jovial fellow, who as a cancer survivor had obtained a new lease on life.

When Ralf brought up the unreliable check-in system, Christian didn't hold back his frustration. Since their system at the time used the same database that Ralf liked to program in, this gave him the idea to make Christian a new system prototype. So, Christian wrote down his five most important changes and gave him a clone of the database, and Ralf went right to work.
 
March 18th. 2012

The Official First Step

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Sure enough, 3 days later Ralf returns with a prototype of his check-in system designed to run on an iPad and Christian is very impressed.

Ralf makes Christian an offer he can't resist. Provide the 420 Collective as a live beta site and if both are happy with the resulting solution then on 4/20 we will launch a new company to be called NextRX.
 
March 24th. 2012

The CollectivePass

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Pretty soon the team realized that swiping driver's licenses wasn't ideal. People don't take care of the magnetic strips, and that reflects on the data entry. Because of that, they came up with the idea to issue individual CollectivePasses with QR Codes. 10 second check-in was all of a sudden a very tangible reality.
 
April 1st. 2012

Ben Schob Joins

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Ralf and Ben had worked together on several
innovative projects in the past, thus making him an ideal third piece of the puzzle.
 
April 20th. 2012

It's Official

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A prototype was ready and functional, the team was in place, and it was 4/20...the only thing left to do was start the company.

...And that's exactly what they did.
 
June 12th. 2012

Product Developments

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As product refinement occurred, one can slowly see the development approaching the current model.
 
July 1st. 2012

Aaaand ... We're Live!

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This was a huge step, as the RX-Pass could now be monitored to see how it works, and more importantly, how it doesn't work.
 
Sep. 21st. 2012

NextRX's Kryptonite: Timing

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NextRX tried to gain traction on
KickStarter, a major crowd funding platform, however due to their listing guidelines, the submission wasn't allowed. The system, although functioning, needed to be scaled to generate revenue, and that requires a significant infusion of capital.

But, it was 2012, the Green Rush barely existed, and many investors simply weren't ready to take a risk on such a controversial industry, so there weren't many alternatives other than to table the operation.
  
July 15th. 2015

The Revival

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Enter myself, Oliver Mandt-Rauch, a 19 year old who had just finished his first year at University of California, San Diego. My father had explained his concept and even some of his prototypes to me several years back, however at the time I was only 16, and on top of that I had never been to a dispensary so I didn't have any way to truly understand the problems NextRX was addressing.

One day during my summer vacation my dad approached me asking if I would be interested in joining the NextRX operation as he had recently began re-working the product, this time with a re-done patient management solution and a different beta testing site. It didn't take me long to get on board. My vision for what this system can be is pretty clear in my mind, and it makes me excited thinking about how far this could go.

Passion is something I find very rarely. I found it in music, and I found it in sports. Now I found it in entrepreneurship. The only difference is that this one is the most likely to pay my bills.
 
Aug 1st. 2015

New Office, New Business

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After acquiring a modest amount of funding, we decided to work at Cross Campus, a co-working space near downtown Santa Monica. We found an affordable private office within their building, and after we got settled we went straight to work.
 
Sep. 1st. 2015

The New NextRX Inc.

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A month passes by, and already a lot has changed. NextRX has a new team, a new focus, and even a redesigned product. For these reasons, we decided to establish a New NextRX Inc. in Nevada. This way, we could start our second run on a clean slate.
 
Sep. 29th. 2015

ArcView Sponsorship

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The ArcView Investor Network is the most established cannabis investor network in the United States. For that reason, we were interested in sponsoring one of their LA events in order to gain the right kind of recognition.

We ended up obtaining a sponsorship that allowed us to issue RX-Passes on site, a huge step forward as that allows us to give a live demonstration of how our system works to potential investors.
 
Dec. 2015
 
Sometimes in life serendipity plays a key role and so it was with The Unlikely Story.

It was in the middle of December that Ralf met William Girven an abstract artist who had been homeless in Santa Monica for over 5 years and was sleeping right outside Ralf’s office. This discovery led to a project called The
Unlikely Story whose goal was to launch a kickstarter campaign to put on an exhibition for William’s work at CrossCampus - right across the street from where he sleeps.

Sadly the campaign failed but it did result in our discovering the outstanding videography and production work of
Greg Basennian of Aris, who created the great video for our Start Engine crowdfunding campaign - in less than 2 weeks from start to finish.
 
May 16th. 2016
 
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