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BTU #116 - Finance, Co-Founding Live Ops, and starting an investment firm (Patrick McKenna)

"I was a Signal Corps Officer trained in telecom - I managed switches and all those kind of things, so I really understood traditional telecom infrastructure. These engineers who became my co-founders developed a soft switch - basically, using a computer, you could control a big piece of hardware somewhere else to make a phone ring. What I knew was that was massively disruptive. And what we didn't know together was where that disruption was going to lead us. And that disruption led us,...

Duration: 00:53:22

BTU #115 - Network Marketing & Residual Income While on Active Duty (Ray & Samantha Allen)

"We always say that you earn while you learn in this business. So even though we were both full-time active duty when we started this business, you can really build it into the nooks and crannies of your life, while just learning the process. Because there are people who are willing to hold your hands so that you can walk and then run in this business." - Samantha Allen Ray and Samantha Allen are both 2009 Naval Academy Graduates. After graduation, Ray went to flight school & became a...

Duration: 00:59:56

BTU #114 - Founding an Inc 500 Company While Traveling Southeast Asia (Justin Cooke)

"Working for this company, we started outsourcing to the Philippines, and we started doing more and more work with the Philippines. Eventually my buddy and I said, 'Why don't we setup a company in the Philippines to do the outsourcing for our employer?' So we pitched out bosses and they loved it. And so that kind of got our foot in the door." - Justin Cooke Justin Cooke is the Founder at Empire Flippers, a company that helps others buy, sell, and invest in profitable websites and online...

Duration: 00:52:40

BTU #112 - Army to Goldman Sachs, and President of the Florida Panthers (Matthew Caldwell)

"No matter what job you're doing or where you're going, you always want to be the best at your current role. I never imagined that I'd be in the sports industry, let alone the President of an NHL Hockey Team. I never imagined that I'd be at Goldman Sachs. When I was in the Army I just worked really hard, and then identified that my next step would be getting into the best grad school, and then I just focused on that. You just have to have this balance of short term and long term...

Duration: 00:49:53

BTU #112- Growing Black Rifle Coffee from $1.8k to $20M in 2.5 years (Evan Hafer)

"I spent about $1,800 buying bags and thinks, built my own website and started trying to sell coffee online. So basically I started Black Rifle Coffee from a passion that I sought to test out." - Evan Hafer Evan Hafer is the Founder & CEO of Black Rifle Coffee, a small batch coffee roasting company. He started out at the University of Idaho, after which he spent 14 years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, a Special Forces soldier, and a CIA contractor. I came across Evan in a 2016...

Duration: 00:47:25

BTU #110- Co-Founding Plated & Raising $55M (Nick Taranto)

"It was like an apocalypse movie and it was the day we launched Plated - the worst day in the history of the internet. And then our cargo container got picked up in the storm surge and sucked out into the river. The only thing that kept our business from getting flooded out of business was that thumb width 220V electricity cord that got tangled around a phone pole and didn't get sucked out to sea. It was just a lesson in perseverance." - Nick Taranto Nick Taranto is the Co-Founder & CEO...

Duration: 00:51:57

BTU #111- Two sibling Army Vets and Their Two Successful Startups

"Wouldn't it be great if our country didn't have to care about Iraq's oil, or the Middle East's oil? Maybe we should start an energy related business - ok let's go figure that out. That was roughly the thought process that gave us the left and right limits of starting an energy business. That started a process where we just endlessly turned over rock, after rock, after rock trying to find something, while absolutely not knowing what we were doing. Then we eventually stumbled across...

Duration: 00:54:14

BTU #109- 20 years in the Army, selling a startup to Mercedes, and co-founding GoodWorld (John Gossart)

"There was a point in time that we had $719 left in the bank. There were late night discussions sitting around the table and talking about what we're going to do; how we're going to inform people that they don't have jobs. How we're going to inform our larger investors that we ran out of money and we're not going to make it. And we turned that around in the middle of the night with one particular investor who became of strategic importance and that was in the same year that we were...

Duration: 00:50:49

BTU #108- Team Red, White & Blue (Garrett Cathcart)

"To find meaning in what you do - that can be in anything. That could be in what you do for a living, or running a podcast to help veterans, that can be volunteering somewhere. For me, for so long in the Army that was my identity and who I was. And once I was out of that, I didn't know who I was anymore. To do what you love and do what you believe in, as a living is a great gift." - Garrett Cathcart Garrett Cathcart is the Southeast Regional Director at Team Red, White & Blue - an...

Duration: 00:39:19

BTU #107 - Elijah Crane- SEALS to ABC's Shark Tank & Bottle Breacher

"I told my wife: we're going to do this when we get out of the military. That was a tough pill for her to swallow. And you can't really blame her. If you ever tell your wife that you're going to get out of the service and sell bottle openers, she might think that you've been around too many explosions and she might think that you're crazy." - Elijah Crane Elijah Crane (Eli) is the Founder and CEO of Bottle Breacher, a company that creates hand crafted 50 caliber bottle openers made by...

Duration: 00:47:00

BTU #106 - Alex Stone: Under Armour, Athletes of Valor, and the Sports Industry

“You know sometimes - for example, even over this holiday weekend - people will ask if I had to work on a certain day. This is my life! This is what I do. It's always funny because what your life looks like is - for me - this is what I want to make my life's work. It's what I'm passionate about and what I enjoy doing." - Alex Stone Alex Stone is the Founder & CEO of Athletes of Valor, who’s mission is to help veterans transition from service to career by leveraging the power of...

Duration: 00:43:47

BTU #105 - Nathan Smith- Marines to COO at Hire Heroes USA

“If you don't have a narrow vision of what you want so that you can focus, if you're open to everything - which is the infamous line we get from most of the people we work with: 'I'll move anywhere and do anything' - they think that makes it easier to help them find a job, whereas it's actually the exact opposite. What we need is for you to narrow down and focus. Align with mentors, align with organizations like [Hire Heroes USA], and together we can overcome this structural divide between...

Duration: 00:48:14

BTU #104 - Scott Washburn- Submarines to PhD & Astronaut Finalist

“I think the biggest thing is finding something you're passionate about and really going all-in on it. There's no lack of different ways to become an astronaut. If you look at the resumes of people that were just selected, Navy SEALS, Pilots, MIT Professors, engineers at SpaceX, people who specialize in Marine Biology, Doctors - so there's no lack of options on how to get there. I think the biggest thing is just finding what you're really passionate about and going all-in on it." - Dr....

Duration: 00:43:23

BTU #103 - Dr. Felicia Haecker- From RV to Dr, entrepreneur, and mom

“There are people who have - in their head - ideas that they think are ridiculous; dreams that they're afraid to pursue because of failure; because we're all afraid to fail. But while you have that safety net, go ahead an investigate it - dig into it deep, and then make a plan. Work backwards: this is the goal, assess what you have, and what do you need. And sometimes with plans you have to go back and course correct. Be OK with that. It's not a bad thing sometimes. We often beat ourselves...

Duration: 00:55:19

BTU#101 - Christopher Perkins: Marines to Managing Director at Citi

“I leveraged the skills that I learned in the Marine Corps, and literally I just started kicking in doors. When I got to New York I had to figure it out and I had to figure it out quickly. Again, it was all about establishing that network. I called people, I learned from them. And I started to whittle down exactly what I wanted to do... There are things that a veteran can control and things they can't control. I couldn't control my technical proficiency at the time because I had just...

Duration: 00:44:45

BTU #101 - Joshua Jabin- Marines to COO at the Travis Manion Foundation

“When I got out after 12 years I was married, we had our first child and were looking at having our second child. I was very focused on a career that would pay me what a Major with twelve years in was currently paying me. I wasn't so interested in taking a step back and thinking about these questions of what am I good at, and what do I enjoy doing and what do I think is important. What most people don't think about is that you have forty more years in your career - so really, that's the...

Duration: 00:51:34

Justin Nassiri

For our 100th episode, I thought I would share my own story. Justin M. Nassiri is the Founder & CEO of StoryBox, a digital marketing start-up that helps companies transform their customers into brand ambassadors. He started out at the Naval Academy, after which he served five years as an officer onboard nuclear submarines. After his transition from the military, he went to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, after which he started StoryBox. He started Beyond the Uniform at the end...

Duration: 01:14:22

Jacob Martinez

“At that point we had about 25 employees and things seemed to be going well... and then the financial markets crashed and we went into a very deep, deep recession, right after I took over as President. So for a few years we had to weather the storm and it was a very difficult time. But I actually accredit a lot of [my success] to the military for what I was taught. So when the tough times came, I didn't start running - I just buckled down, dug my heels in and said - 'I'm smarter than this...

Duration: 01:00:05

Jared Wymer

“One of the first things I heard in grad school was: Get used to B's instead of A's. And I had a knee-jerk reaction to that. But you know what - I'm pretty OK with high B's now, and solving cool problems with cool people for a really cool company. So you just need to decide what trade-offs you're willing to live with in your life and divide and conquer.” - Jared Wymer Jared Wymer is a Program Manager for Global Talent Management at Amazon. Jared started out by enlisting in the Marine...

Duration: 00:48:25

BTU 97 Jonny Coreson UNEDITED

This is the unedited, full interview of my conversation with Jonny Coreson. An edited, production version can be found at: Jonny Coreson is currently on active duty in the military, and has started two different companies while on active duty. His current company - Blue Jacketeer - helps Navy Sailors prepare for their advancement exam. This is a great interview for anyone on Active Duty or recently separated who is interested in entrepreneurship. Our...

Duration: 00:35:14

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