Nov 28, 2022
Join Susan as she interviews Craig Weiss - a Venture-Capitalist, serial entrepreneur, and published author. In this interview, Craig shares some of his predictions on emerging technologies that will revolutionize the world in the coming decades.
Craig says that there are complicated problems that need solutions that have yet to be developed. But the good news is that these solutions ARE complicated - complexity prevents your competition from solving the problem that could make you successful. If it were easy, everyone else would be doing it.
Craig’s company, Flagstaff Ventures, invests in early-stage consumer products and services. He meets a lot of entrepreneurs and says that qualifying the entrepreneur is even more important than qualifying the product or service they are offering. Craig feels a successful founder is someone who has passion and a “never quit” attitude.
However, a good founder must also be able to identify when it is OK to pivot when things are not working. Pivoting is not quitting, it is keeping your eyes on the big picture, and being willing to try something else to achieve your goals.
About Craig: Craig has founded or co-founded half a dozen companies. During his three and half years as President & CEO of NJOY, Inc. he led the company to a $1B valuation. An inventor, Craig Weiss has 14 patents to his own name, including five for medical devices.
Craig is the Managing Member of Flagstaff Ventures, a Venture Capital firm focused on early-stage consumer products and services. He is also the Co-Founder & CEO of venture-backed Retainer Club & Mouthguard Club.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Craig Weiss was a patent attorney, where he focused on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications for medical device, e-commerce and business method inventions.
A published author, Craig co-authored I Am My Brother's Keeper, which features a foreword from Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The book is also the subject of the Nancy Spielberg produced documentary, "Above & Beyond,” in which Craig appears as one of the historians. Craig's newest book, "Fighting Back" was published on May 17, 2022.
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About The Host
Susan Sly is a tech Co-founder and Co-CEO, a tech investor, best-selling author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur and host of the highly acclaimed podcast – Raw and Real Entrepreneurship. Susan has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, Lifetime Television, The CBN, The Morning Show in Australia and been quoted in MarketWatch, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and more. She holds Certificates in Management and Leadership, Technology and Operations, and Strategy and Innovation from MIT. Susan is the author of 7 books. Her book project with NY Times Best Selling Author, Jack Canfield, made six Amazon Best Selling lists.
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