Higher Profile: Steven Jung, Chief Operating Officer, PAX
Steven Jung grew up in Northridge, California, otherwise known as the Valley in Los Angeles, a wide expanse of suburbs just east of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. He began his career in operations leadership as a captain in the U.S. Army, where he held both strategic and tactical roles. “Along the way, I told myself I was interested in business and became an economics major in college,” he shared. “But I always thought if it didn’t work out I was going back into the Army.” Jung holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the Columbia Business School, graduating in 2009. He immediately went into finance, working with several private and public companies, before working for Twitter, responsible for scaling its revenue operation. He was then Head of Business Operations for LendUp, a Google-backed financial tech company based in San Francisco, before working as President and COO for Weedmaps, a leading tech and media company in the cannabis industry in Southern California. This path to the cannabis industry led him to PAX, a leading device brand in the U.S. and global cannabis market, and makers of hand-held vaporizers, pods, and merchandise. Founded in 2017, PAX’s technology was developed and launched more than a decade ago with the debut of its first device and cult classic, PAX 1, for vaporizing loose-leaf cannabis. Its new line (available soon in California), PAX Live Rosin, features 11 seasonal, small-batch cultivars, including favorites Blue Dream and Pineapple Express, and contemporary cultivars including Tahoe Rose and Wifi Mints—all available in one and half gram units. “Live rosin is extracted from fresh or frozen flower that has never been cured or dried,” he explained. “So, the difference is in the terpenes—and the…
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