Sean Maday is the program director at Patriot Boot Camp. He was an active-duty Air Force intelligence officer for four years before joining the private sector. Since leaving the Air Force in 2009, Sean has worked at Google, and two fast-growth startups: Gnip and Mapbox. Sean is a lifelong entrepreneur who had his first successful exit at age 17 and launched a prosperous custom apparel company as a student at Michigan State University.
What is noticeably missing from the ranks of most top-tier tech companies in the United States is the presence of military veterans. Over the last decade, many of the technology companies that have come to dominate the consumer and enterprise markets were not founded by veterans. There are likely many reasons for this trend, but contributing factors include a lack of entrepreneurial role models in the military community and a military transition process that is optimized for helping Veterans become employees, not entrepreneurs.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
As a Green Beret serving in Afghanistan, Greg Adams assembled teams of local Afghans to defend their village. Now as a civilian, Adams is building a team to tackle an even larger security challenge: making the world a safer place.
After five years on active duty as an enlisted intelligence specialist in the U.S. Army, Ethan Dietrich made the decision to hang up his uniform and join the civilian world. As he wrapped up his final deployment and explored his post-service options, Dietrich quickly realized that going to college was not going to be a viable choice.