Leslie Townsend

Leslie is the CEO of Cannabiz, overseeing all aspects of the company’s operations and business development initiatives. Previously, Leslie served as CEO and Co-founder of Kinesis Survey Technologies, which provided online survey, panel management, and community software solutions to the market research industry. Kinesis was a driving force in mobile market research innovation, pioneering cameraphone ethnographies, mobile ad testing, and mobile survey solutions beginning in 2003.
Leslie brings more than 30 years of experience in market research and analysis of new industries and market segments. This began with the design of methodologies to predict and engineer demand for the nation’s first cellular radio networks. From there, she worked with many emerging markets following the deregulation of AT&T, including nationwide paging, alternative long-distance services and satellite services. Prior to apps, she worked with one of the earliest mobile game developers, Codetoys, whose games such as “Who Wants to be a Millionnaire?” were among the first global games for mobile devices.