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#44 If You're Going to Work Hard, Start a Business - Cary Miller, NW Veterans Security Services

4/17/2019
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Joining the Air Force initially - and retired from the Army - Gary went out to Monterrey, California to study Russian. This influenced his move to the West Coast where he now resides. The discipline, commitment and work ethic of the military prepared him well for the business sector when he retired. Working for a big corporation in a four-state area doing their security he figured he could do the same thing for himself, especially if he was going to continue the 16-hour days. He went to a...

Duration:00:42:47

#43 Filling the Healthcare Gap for Veterans - Ronald Steptoe, Warrior Centric Health

4/17/2019
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What a military story! Ron Steptoe and his wife are both West Point grads and met there. And here's the real story: 238 years of family military service to the US! And it starts with his FIFTH great grandfather serving in the Revolutionary War, James Bowser was one of only 5,000 African Americans to fight in that war out of about 300,000 warriors. He fought in the Battle of Yorktown and for that, received 200 acres of land. There is pain associated with this story, though, so listen in for...

Duration:00:50:24

#42 Keeping Military Personnel in Touch with Their Families - Sam Meek , Sandboxx

4/17/2019
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Growing up on the slopes of Sun Valley, Idaho, Sam Meek was in high school when 9/11 hit. He always thought he would be a Marine, and decided that was the time. The fact that he loved his fellow Marines was part of the motivation for starting Sandboxx, to help them stay connected with their families. This means communication at tough times such as boot camp and also at special times in their service, such as graduation, medal ceremonies and the like. He was always entrepreneurial, even...

Duration:00:50:46

#41 Chloe Kettle, Polyport

4/10/2019
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A bad accident made Chloe want to become a doctor. She thought the Navy would be a great place to do that and the Marine Corps was path. Her family was entrepreneurial, so it was a natural for Chloe to start businesses after her service. She had become familiar with ways to "mark" 3-D digital objects and had a chance discussion with a partner who had written some songs, recorded them and then had them ripped off and decided they would figure out how to protect his music by marking it as...

Duration:00:49:16

#40 James Mingey, Veterans Business Services

4/10/2019
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Disability for some Veterans can be an awesome component for entrepreneurial success. That's what James Mingey has been telling the VA and anyone else who will listen, for years. And it's sinking in. From a strong military family background, Jim left in the middle of college and ended up in the middle of the Vietnam War. He got out. Back in the states, Jim used the finance background he had acquired to start a business that didn't go well but taught him a lot. So his next adventure involved...

Duration:00:46:34

#39 Leave Nobody Behind - Gerald Pygott, PSC Marketing Group

4/10/2019
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Maybe growing up in Montana made him feel land locked, but Gerald Pygott decided to see the world through the Navy. He also thought he'd sidestep Vietnam, but that plan didn't work. He wound up a SeeBee (CB) and did an interesting assignment going into abandoned POW camps. He grew to love the Navy and decided to make it a career but a severe accident on ship changed all that. After a long recovery, he ended up starting and selling three companies before PSC Marketing. He learned in Vietnam...

Duration:00:43:24

#38 What Are Your Real Values? Make 'em Your Company Values Too - Daniella Young, Cultural Forte

4/3/2019
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Daniella Young had an upbringing that should be filed under fiction. Born in the Philippines in a notorious religious cult, she was one of eight children born to her mother, and she figures she has around 31 siblings because of the "open marriage" policy of the cult leader. Whew! Moving all over the world, she was able to escape when she was 15. It took time to undo all the mind control imposed on her, but she's done it and her military career helped. One of the first women to be purposely...

Duration:00:55:53

#37 Where Do You Go Next? - Nick Frost, Shift

4/3/2019
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Nick joined the delayed entry program in high school. He and his twin brother knew the military was for them, not college, but weren't sure which branch or career. This turned out to be a great move, as they had terrific boot camps and got based out of California for five years. But he got to travel as well and spent time in Spain, Guam and Afghanistan. After starting a company that curated and publicized startup and early stage companies, he used that experience to launch Shift to speed up...

Duration:00:54:42

#36 We Can Blow Things Up, But What Comes After? - John McElligott & Doug Hurst, Third Order Effects

4/3/2019
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John's still in the military, serving in the Army reserve. That came after a stint in the Peace Corp too. Doug had a 30-year career and retired not too long ago; being born on the Fourth of July might have had something to do with that. John is currently working in civil affairs for the Army, which is a perfect bridge to being an entrepreneur. It was part of the reason the two of them had an idea, worked it out on paper, and then waited for Doug to retire from military life. They then...

Duration:00:55:22

#35 Lito Villanueva, Battle Buddy

3/27/2019
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Born in the Philippines, Lito got his military training in communications. After a short career, he wound up with a tremendous amount of training and landed contract work overseas. When the contract ended, Lito went back to his education, and through SVA, he recveived a scholarship to any California college. However, overseas pay was pretty good, so Lito took another contract job with highly trained and motivated people. It put him in the front seat of the horrors of war, taking particular...

Duration:00:59:11

#34 Nick Karnaze, Stubble & 'Stache

3/27/2019
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A junior ROTC program in high school introduced Nick to the Naval Academy's different services, and received lots of encouragement to attend. This led him to become a Marine, while also wanting to be in intelligence. The combat death of a close friend created a desire to give back to Vets and their families. His friend had a big beard when killed - as many of the special ops people do - so to honor him Nick started developing products to counter the itching and irritating part of having...

Duration:00:57:11

#33 Connect the Donor With Their Donation - Nick Black, GoodUnited

3/27/2019
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A senior in high school when 9-11 hit, Nick made up his mind to be in the military. After graduating college, he ended up in the 173rd. After his career, he went to work on his MBA. The transition was not easy, as going from firefight to classroom was a big change. However, the humility he learned in the military served him well; he asked questions, got answers and flew through. Starting his giving-back career working with Veterans to prevent suicide, Nick became fascinated with the science...

Duration:00:38:31

#32 He Knows if You've Been Bad or Good - Mike Murphy, Proctor Free

3/21/2019
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Impressed with his sister's Marine recruiter, Mike dropped out of high school in order to join the Army Guard. He wound up getting into security and deployed to Iraq. He deployed three times, twice as a soldier and once as a contractor. Introduced to some Vets who had opened a for-profit school, Mike got his first taste of marketing, then identified a need for scalable, identity verification for online learning (mouthful); being able to tell if someone taking the online test is cheating or...

Duration:00:53:43

#31 What's an Education Worth? Pay For it With the Payoff, Your Job! - Tonio DeSorrento, Vemo

3/21/2019
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Surrounded by friends and family with military backgrounds, Tonio had his eye on the Naval Academy from day one. Mainly, because that was the way to become a Marine officer, and Tonio wanted to lead people, not equipment. He wound up in charge of artillery anyway, but figured out how to manage both. He came to a fork in the road: JAG or a law career in the private sector. While studying law, he became fascinated with finance, but couldn't stand what he saw as a toxic culture in much of the...

Duration:00:57:18

#30 Dan Brillman and Taylor Justice, UniteUS

3/20/2019
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A Lacrosse injury gave Dan some extra time in college and he decided to take flying lessons. The instructor was a retired Marine who taught him more than flying. He taught him about the military and the honor of serving your country. He's now in the Reserves and has a balance of family, job and the military. A chance meeting while waiting to fly connected Dan with Taylor and they decided that technology could connect not only Veterans but all people with needs to their resources. UniteUS was...

Duration:00:32:19

#29 Culture Sets You Apart - Zach Scheel and Drew DeWalt, Rhumbix

3/14/2019
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Both in big construction projects in Chile in 2013, Zach and Drew, Navy vets, saw a big problem in aggregating data to estimate and to have real time in the field data. They had taken a college course earlier, and the fit seemed like natural. A Co-Founder can be a very, very important part of a successful business, and dividing responsibilities and following through are a blessing. Zach and Drew have been able to accomplish that and have been able to view differences as a way to constantly...

Duration:00:55:17

#28 A real CPA for Every Small Business - Erik & Rebecca Casarez, Green Ledger CPA

3/14/2019
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A married couple with a common background in survival training, Erik joined the Army and joined Special Forces, similar to the instructor who had led their survival training. In for ten years, Rebecca was getting her education and job in accounting and business while Erik served. After completing his service, Erik started a web company and his entrepreneurial instincts turned to what Rebecca was doing. He saw an opportunity for her, which eventually turned into an opportunity for the two of...

Duration:00:49:21

#27 Actually, it Was a Crazy Path - Donald Coolidge, Elemental Path

3/14/2019
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Another crazy path to the military, as most are, says Donald Coolidge. He wanted to be a New York Yankee and a Navy Seal as a kid, and since the Yankees didn't seem all that interested, 9-11 motivated him to join the service as a Marine. A meeting with a tech guru got him thinking about a startup and he went all in, jumping out of his grad program, quitting his job at a law firm and taking the big risk. His partner did the heavy lifting on the coding, and Donald handled the user experience...

Duration:00:54:42

#26 Such a Great Story, We Brought Him Back to Tell the Rest - David Molina, Operation Code

3/7/2019
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Growing up picking fruit and living in a migrant camp, David's Mom and the rest of the kids made a move up to northern Washington with basically nothing. They kept working the fields the rest of David's youth and the family continues to work the fields. He worked his way through college and since he lived in Mt. Vernon Washington, there happened to be a lot of Hispanic military and veterans. He got to know and respect them and wound up enlisting with a friend. After his service, he wanted to...

Duration:00:54:03

#25 Join the Unarmed Forces - Matthew "Griff" Griffin and Donald "Lee" Lee, Combat Flip Flops

3/6/2019
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911 Was the catalyst for Donald, as for many Americans. For Griff, it was a foregone conclusion being from a military family. As their website says, "through persistence, respect, and creativity, we empower the mindful consumer to manufacture peace through trade". By encouraging consumers to buy products manufactured in a conflict zone, they create entrepreneurs in those conflict zones, and create peace through trade.

Duration:00:56:28