Investor and Advisor Joseph Lizyness on Finding Success and Giving Back
Investor, advisor, and budding philanthropist Joseph Lizyness believes that finding success is one of the first steps towards changing the world. “There are many ways to change the world,” he explains, “but if you really want to make an impact, you need the power, status, wealth, or influence to do so.” So far, Joseph has found success as an angel investor, an advisor, an entrepreneur, an author, and a business consultant. Now, he’s looking to give back and support the causes that he cares about.
From Analyzing Intelligence to Advising Businesses
Joseph didn’t take the traditional route to success; instead, he joined the Army at just 18 years old and went on to serve 4 years as an intelligence analyst. Though he initially struggled to transition to the civilian world after his time in the Army, he went on to work as a contractor at FBI Quantico, which he felt was “a perfect fit” for him. Thinking back on the journey so far, Joseph notes that “It’s been kind of a rollercoaster.” In his capacity as a startup advisor, Joseph offers guidance to tech startups on raising equity crowdfunding through sites like wefunder.com, republic.co, and startengine.com. As an angel investor, he supported prominent tech startups such as Snowball, a company that is currently changing the world with decentralized finance.
His successes as an investor and advisor have brought him some renown. He’s been a consultant to the US Government in various roles, particularly in Project Management, and he sits on several advisory boards. Joseph is now the proud co-founder of Eagle Atlas, a consulting firm that specializes in advising clients on setting productive goals, making big career changes, and running companies of various sizes and stages of development. Their goal is to help individuals and companies find the right direction and maximize their potential. Eagle Atlas offers an online Blueprint to Success tool to help individuals and companies of all sizes obtain their goals. The blueprint is available for all to use on their website.
Consultation for a Cause
Charity and social responsibility have always been important to Joseph. Through both private investments and his company, Eagle Atlas, Joseph plans to leverage his investment and consultation successes to support and raise awareness for the issues he really cares about. He plans to create partnerships with a wide range of nonprofits dedicated to issues such as veteran support, cleaning the oceans, and giraffe conservation.
As a US Army veteran, caring for veterans has come to be an incredibly important cause for Joseph. To make a bigger impact, he’d like to work with the military to help veterans transition back to civilian life. “One of the ideas we had was a certification program that educates you on basic skills for success in the modern world,” Joseph says. “How to start a business and raise equity crowdfunding, a basic introduction to programming in Python, things like that. We understand firsthand the struggle of becoming a civilian again. It’s hard to know what you want to do after the uniform comes off.” He’s also looking into hosting events with members of the military for mentorship opportunities, so that when they leave service, they are properly equipped and prepared to take on the civilian world.
Joseph would like to partner with the US Army and work with their recruiting leadership to revamp their recruiting tactics for a new era. “New recruits are incredibly tech-savvy, and it’s going to be a challenge to obtain recruits from Gen Alpha and Gen Z,” he explains. With his experience in tech, Joseph would like to help spearhead how the military approaches recruiting in the modern age.
Grateful for the Chance to Give Back
Joseph doesn’t take his successes for granted. He often expresses a sense of gratitude for what he’s been able to achieve. “I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to give back and support the causes that I care about,” he says. “I think it’s the dream of every great entrepreneur to take themselves from a position of needing help to one of helping others.” This, he feels, is the true meaning of success; achieving enough to be able to give back. Joseph hopes to inspire other tech investors to take similar steps to share their wealth.
Check out Joseph Lizyness on his website and on LinkedIn. You can follow him on Twitter @josephlizyness or Instagram @lizynessj. His articles can be found on Medium and his book, Angel Investing with $100, can be found on Amazon. See how Eagle Atlas can help you at https://www.eagleatlas.com/.