Michael Zaytsev

  • Cannabis
  • Academic Director
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Michael Zaytsev is a leading cannabis industry educator, author, and entrepreneur.

Zaytsev is the founder of High NY, one of the world’s largest cannabis industry education and networking groups. His popular High NY events have educated thousands of people both within and outside of the industry on various cannabis-related topics.  

Zaytsev has served as a Cannabis Industry Mentor for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps entrepreneurship training program and is a Mentor for Founder Institute, the world's largest pre-seed startup accelerator. He is also the author of two Amazon.com bestselling books, The Cannabis Business Book (2020) and The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis (2016).

Zaytsev’s writing has appeared on Forbes.com and Entrepreneur.com and he has been featured in media outlets such as Bloomberg, CBS News, Vice, and Inc. 

Educational Background:  

  • Executive MBA, Quantic School of Business and Technology
  • BA, Claremont McKenna College

Courses Taught: 

  • Introduction to the Cannabis Industry
  • Business of Cannabis Capstone
  • Economics
  • Social Justice and Corporate Social Responsibility in the Cannabis Economy