Craig has extensive experience in venture capital and company management working to grow the next generation of leadership companies and develop new markets globally. As General Partner and Co-Founder of Next World Capital, Craig works closely with management teams on strategy and growth in the U.S. and Europe, resulting in accelerated growth, international expansion, job creation and technology innovation. He has been an investor or senior executive in more than 20 venture-backed companies. Prior to co-founding NWC, Craig was a Vice President with FTV Capital, a growth-stage venture capital firm with $1 billion under management investing in enterprise software companies worldwide. He was also a Principal at Vista Ventures, a technology venture capital firm, and a Vice President at Berenson Minella & Company, where he worked on large growth capital and buyout investments, as well as completed several acquisitions and financings, through the firm’s private equity and investment banking operations. He has also been the CFO of a venture-backed technology company, and began his career as an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston.

Craig has served on the Boards of or been involved with a number of investments, including: LeftHand Networks (acquired by HP), MX Logic (acquired by McAfee), Rally Software (NYSE: RALY), Dante Software (acquired by webMethods), Host Analytics, DynamicOps (acquired by VMware), Virtual Instruments, NexGen Storage (acquired by Fusion-io), SenSage (acquired by KEYW), PSS Systems (acquired by IBM), Cloudmark, Nimsoft/Indicative Software (acquired by CA), StrionAir (acquired by Carrier), Thought Equity, Fitness Holdings Worldwide (acquired by Forstmann Little), FM Precision, Stratavia (acquired by HP), GoodData and Zuora.

Craig lives in Menlo Park with his wife and two sons and is involved in the fields of foreign policy, economic policy and national security. Craig is a Truman Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project analyzing U.S. policy and public-private programs to foster economic growth, infrastructure development and investment. He was Chair of the Silicon Valley Leadership Committee of Nuru International, a social innovation non-profit fighting extreme poverty in Africa. He has been an official delegate with the U.S. State Department in North Africa, and has published and spoken internationally on economic engagement as an integral part of U.S. foreign policy.

Craig received a BA magna cum laude from Carleton College and an MS from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan Fellow.

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- Sébastien Lépinard


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