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AJ Agrawal Shares How He Collaborated With Large Brands



AJ Agrawal Shares How He Collaborated With Large Brands

Among the biggest names in CBD is Verma Farms– the nationally acclaimed ‘hempire’ that was later bought for a (concealed) eight-figure sum. Among one of the most well-valued e-commerce M&An advisors, FE International brokered the deal. And the name behind that name? AJ Agrawal, the 31-year-old business owner who expanded Verma from scratch in just two years.

While that may sound like a breakneck pace, Agrawal has a background of astronomical success reached in short time periods. Cofounding a service in 2012 and coming to be a CEO of one more one by 2013– all before finishing from the College of San Diego’s company institution– was simply the beginning of Agrawal’s entrepreneurial success.

His method, skillset, and acumen have established him at an early age. Hardly out of college, he was 24 when the globe first began bearing in mind his “risky” and out-of-the-box management design– dangers that paid off.

He started (and also still currently has) the advertising and marketing firm Verma Media– a business Forbes called “non-traditional” as well as “San Francisco’s biggest blockchain advertising and marketing firm.” Reducing his chops in branding, affiliate, and electronic advertising, he shares that he obtained his beginning at Verma Media, collaborating with brands like AmEx, Shopify, Juul, and Expedia. “This permitted me to have experience in scaling and structure brands, which gave me a huge advantage when starting my own DTC [direct-to-consumer] brand,” he claims. “And also, in addition to Verma Farms, I have built four other direct-to-consumer brands that correct $1M in earnings yearly,” he says.

But his next venture wasn’t something he intended on; the idea came to him vacationing.

Claiming Aloha to CBD

On vacation to one of Agrawal’s preferred locations– the lush, laidback islands of Hawaii– Agrawal encountered an unanticipated prize that would certainly alter the trajectory of his job and tradition: CBD.

” The first time I tried CBD, I remained in Hawaii,” he states. “Hanging out in Hawaii is currently a unique experience– including an added aspect of leisure with CBD made it so clear that I intended to capture the experience, bottle it up, and share it with the world.”

A brand name was birthed in that minute: the sensation of serenity as well as peace several seek on vacation, easily accessible anywhere. “It helped that I currently had a large concentrate on health and wellness in my personal life,” claims Agrawal. “I was a D1 college professional athlete, which was where I was first exposed to taking my health and wellness seriously– yet in my late twenties, I encountered what plenty of young people do as we begin to age: a battle to loosen up, recover well after workouts, as well as sleep.”

” As a method to say thanks to the state for presenting me to CBD, I based the entire Verma Farms brand name off it– the culture, the charm, the lifestyle, the colors, the tastes,” he says. “Hawaii has such a unique location in my heart.”

Verma Farms Is Born

Agrawal saw a chance in the hemp sector, and shortly after his journey, the 2018 Farm Expense passed. Countless brand-new brand names blew up into the once-fledgling market.

” I recognized it was sink or swim,” he claims. “This onslaught of brand names rose into this room, the hemp as well as CBD space, and I recognized if we didn’t separate ourselves from the get-go, we would certainly never make it,” states Agrawal.

Luckily for Agrawal, branding was his support. “Because there were a lot of counterfeit, faux-brands from abroad that did not even place CBD in their items, we started the distinction procedure by stressing top quality as well as safety; we were using a premium product. Top-quality, controlled and also evaluated products using US-grown hemp.”

With impressive branding experience, creative strategies, and a genuine story to tell, a way of the living brand was promptly created. “I chose to lean right into the Hawaiian storytelling,” says Agrawal. “In our packaging, branding, an option of tastes and products– but also in our technique to the business, the farming, the entire point. Hawaii is all about purity, keeping the native environment excellent– it feels so pure, untapped. We used a socially and also eco-aware focus.”

CBD gummies with tastes like Blueberry Wave, Maui Melon, and Beary Coastline were sold together with dried fruit-plus-CBD offerings– pineapple, mango, and papaya. “We were giving people an actual taste of the island lifestyle,” he states.

The promise of the aloha spirit and some leisure– in a container or jar worked; Verma Farms was building a massive following. “We had consistent 20% monetary growth,” he claims (which, is worth noting, mainly occurred during a pandemic as well as a recession). “We did $1 Million in profit in the first year alone.”

Each time when Americans couldn’t go to Hawaii, Agrawal used them a taste of it in the house– an escape from the fact around them. He rode the eco-friendly wave of hemp’s national growth; the CBD gummy market alone is expected to reach $14B by 2028.

Growth and Sale of a CBD Empire

Verma Farms was entirely bootstrapped, claims Agrawal, maximizing earnings as he took no outdoors investments. He points out autonomy as well as efficiency as critical guideposts that enabled his service to not just endure the pandemic but to flourish sufficient to get a 2nd company: Penguin CBD.

The purchase of one more business in 2021 enabled Verma Farms’ evaluation to increase; a lot to make sure that six months later, mergings, as well as purchases giant FE International, led an amazing purchase, marketing the business (that once had just $200) for eight numbers.

” I could not be much more grateful for the past two years– as an entrepreneur and individual,” says Agrawal. “From the first time trying CBD on the coastline in Maui, to item screening as well as sampling the Verma Farms gummies we made, to keeping a business active in 2020, to obtaining Penguin CBD, to the sale currently, it’s been such an extensive trip. I can’t wait to share what’s following with the world.”

Agrawal remains to own and run Verma Media and has multiple DTC jobs in the works.