“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
Being a successful entrepreneur is a dream for many. But very few can carry on without being phased by the hurdles along the way. Henry Calix is an entrepreneur who has earned the reputation of being a pioneer in the growth of the cannabis industry. He is the founder and CEO of Weedsies, a technology company redefining the industry. Henry is a nominee for the prestigious award of Business Elite’s 40 under 40 for having established Weedsies as the “Amazon/Shopify of cannabis.”
Crediting his consistency for his accomplishments, Henry shares that the habit of making a decision and sticking to it has helped him achieve his goals. He believes in learning to get things done and perfecting them along the way instead of trying to make them perfect before starting.
Born in Honduras, Henry was only 12 years old when he came to the US. From starting a business and closing it because of the recession, losing money in stocks, crypto, and real estate, to finally launching Weedsies on 4/20/2020 (Weed Day) – his success story exemplifies persistence and dedication. Here are three tips Henry offers for budding entrepreneurs.
“Focus on finding solutions to problems, not reasons to quit.”
Weedsies is an online marketplace combining all three sectors of the cannabis industry: hemp, CBD, and recreational cannabis. Henry started the business to unite the divided cannabis industry and bring it to everyone’s fingertips. In 2017, he bought the domain weedsies.com and started researching the industry, noticing the different regulations per state. Henry realized his calling: building an online marketplace to solve the industry’s major problems.
Weedsies provides an online payment solution for the cannabis industry and even accepts cryptocurrencies. Henry urges aspiring entrepreneurs to focus on providing solutions, and success will follow.
“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship” ― Peter Drucker
After launching the website, Henry celebrated Weed Day in the following year by launching Weedsies Mobile to promote the vendors and products on the marketplace, an ice-cream-style truck selling samples to potential consumers who can later shop online for what they like. Unlike other online marketplaces in the industry, Weedsies provides an offline retail avenue to generate a circle of purchases. Weedsies mobile is truly the equivalent of Uber Eats/DoorDash for stoners.
Sharing is Caring
“It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none. ” ― Snoop Dogg
Aware of a history of intolerance leading to the criminalization of the plant that awaits inevitable federal legalization, Henry values the stoner mantra of “sharing is caring.” Rather than seeing other shops and dispensaries as competition, he considers them potential clients, offering them to become vendors on Weedsies, the fastest-growing online marketplace in the industry.
Aspiring to unite cannabis companies with private funding, Weedsies is a technology company that provides a point of sale system to CBD shops, smoke shops, and dispensaries. Already in the business? Sign up as a Weedsies Marketplace vendor and create your online shop now!
If you’re an aspiring cannabis entrepreneur just starting, click here to register as a new vendor.