37. Solving Your Problems by Starting a Business with Barrett Bogue

August 10, 2022

37. Solving Your Problems by Starting a Business with Barrett Bogue
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In this episode, Brock talks with Barrett Bogue.

Barrett is a former Marine Corps reservist who developed a passion for tackling the problem of communication around veterans during his time in the service. He worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs, overseeing GI Bill implementation before going to start his own company Evocati, a PR and consulting firm helping companies communication and grow their relationships with the veteran community. 

We talk through the benefits of working a federal job after service as well as some of the problems presented at working at a government agency. Barrett also talks through starting a company, who should and shouldn't do it, and resources on getting started focused on understanding the problem you're trying to solve. We discuss the Stanford Ignite program and Bunker Labs which he both attributes as fantastic resources for veterans looking to start businesses.

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Resources/Articles Talked About:

GI Bill Impact


Stanford Ignite

Home - Bunker Labs


(2:45) - A Transformational Deployment / Gap Year

(6:17) - Whose responsibility is our military transition?

(14:10) - Communicating effectively with civilians about military experience

(21:20) - The history of the GI Bill

(34:32) - Do more degrees matter in todays work environment?

(42:00) - The pros and cons of working a federal job after service

(44:15) - Working at the Department of Veterans Affairs and implementing the GI Bill program

(57:30) - Identifying a problem and setting out to solve it with business

(01:05:40) - Stanford Ignite and Bunker Labs

(01:09:45) - Understanding the genesis of Evocati

(01:17:10) - To raise money or not to raise money

(01:26:05) - Outlining the future success of Evocati

Whether you’re in the service for four years or twenty, you have learned skills, led teams, and learned what it takes to execute under pressure. While those past successes are valuable, they don’t always translate to a life or career when you get your DD214.

Join Brock in breaking down the skills and strategies current and former military members are using to build a successful careers on the outside the service.

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