Coda Signature Featured in CNN 4/20 Special

First Capital Ventures Invites You to View the National Debut of Coda Signature, Which Has Entered into a Term Sheet as the First Project of FCV's Viridis Fund I

World-class chocolate maker Coda Signature was featured today in a CNN segment on the positive impact cannabis tax revenue has had on the historic small town of Trinidad, Colorado. Highlights of the video include a snapshot of the chocolate production process, a tour of the new facility and interviews with CEO Mark Grindeland and Head Chocolatier Lauren Gockley (bios below).


Mark Grindeland - Co-Founder and CEO

  • Former Chief Marketing Officer for $1.3 B TeleTech (Nasdaq: TTEC)
  • Was Chair, Co-Founder of first multi-profile social networking site for women
  • Co-Founder, EVP of Marketing for m-Qube Inc.; sold for $260 MM
  • Executive positions with Live Wire Mobile, Digitas, Exchange Partners
  • In 2013 was honored as Colorado “Marketer of the Year”

Lauren Gockley - Head Chocolatier

  • Classically trained chocolatier at L’ecole du Grand Chocolat, Valrhona
  • Worked in NYC for the last seven years making gourmet chocolates
  • Worked with chefs Frédéric Bau, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Thomas Keller
  • Produced special collections for the Metropolitan Opera
  • A 2013 Dessert Professional “Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America”C