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Life After The Military: Veteran Entrepreneurship

Derren Burrell is a professional money manager with 28 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.
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Podcast: Life After The Military – Veteran Entrepreneurship

Derren Burrell is a professional money manager with 28 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Highlights of his active-duty service as an Air Force Financial Manager include managing $15 billion at the Pentagon, $12 billion on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan, and finishing up his career in the White House managing the President’s communication budget. Now, after 7 years in the financial private sector, he is in the process of capitalizing on his first fund, Veteran Ventures Capital — an investment firm focused on scaling and growing veteran businesses.

Key Highlights

[00:01 -07:30] The Transition from Military to Civilian Life

  • The challenges veterans face in entrepreneurship
  • Equal opportunity for veterans is what pushed Derren to put up Veteran Ventures Capital
  • Helping veterans transition from the military to their private lives

[07:31 – 17:30] Veteran Entrepreneurship

  • Traits that make veterans great entrepreneurs
  • A significant decrease in the desire to have business due to a lack of network and funding
  • Helping pave the way for veterans to enter business with the government

[17:31 – 30:12] Getting a Fair Chance at Business

  • Veteran Ventures Capital’s portfolio – assets focusing on national security and less focus on the medical side
  • Government and private sector: Finding innovative ways to strengthen defense
  • How the government provides a fair opportunity for veterans to compete with other contractors

[30:13 – 34:53] Closing Segment

 Links Mentioned:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/veteran-ventures-capital-llc/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VenturesVeteran 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/veteran_ventures 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veteranventurescapital/ 

Brian’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-c-adams/

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