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Life After The Military: Veteran Entrepreneurship with Derren Burrell
Episode 11819th September 2022 • The Capital Club • Brian Adams
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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 & 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 & 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 ad 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

Want to engage and make a difference? Visit and email Derren at


Key Quotes:

“There's a level of understanding that veterans have some ability to utilize what they've learned in the military, and then apply it to doing business with the government.” - Derren Burrell 

“History shows, and when and folks on our team have lived in the bay outperform given the opportunity. And it's not because of any magic sauce or anything, they're just not used to second place. Second place on the battlefield means you're dead.” - Derren Burrell 


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