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Al Weiss is a General Partner and the Chairman at Global Blockchain Ventures, a blockchain technology focused venture capital fund, specializing in blockchain enabled applications that are the most disruptive and promising to offer practical blockchain enabled solutions to benefit the global economy. Global Blockchain Ventures fund sees blockchain technology as fascinating technology that will spur innovation and advancements across all industries. In many cases, blockchain is not a competitor to existing technology, but rather a structural, beneficial stimulant that will ultimately converge with other technologies.
Al’s interest in blockchain is is grounded in his Maximizer mantra, which he describes as identifying the future opportunity of an existing business, and taking action to make it a reality. Al developed his Maximizer persona and servant leadership style over a 40 year career with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where he was President of Worldwide Operations and made contributions nothing short of amazing, that resulted in quadrupling the business, advancing Walt’s vision into the theme parks and Disney guest experiences we know today, and leading through crisis.
Mike and Al cover a ton of great stuff in this episode like how he learned about hard work and entrepreneurship from his father, how basketball got him started at Disney, why he was asked at 29 years old to step into a monumental role at Disney, his approach to sharing innovative ideas with Disney’s CEO, Michael Eisner, his thoughts on servant leadership and leading through crisis, his private equity opportunities after retiring from Disney, why blockchain is the future, and much more.
And now here’s Al Weiss.
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