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TechStars Patriot Boot Camp for Veteran Entrepreneurs (PS010)

Meet Sean Maday

Sean Maday PopSmoke Show Episode 10

Sean Maday, Director at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

Sean served in the military as an Air Force Intelligence Officer.

He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Intelligence Analysis from Michigan State University.

At Google, he worked as a Geospatial Engineer and Product Manager. And last year, was a Keynote speaker at the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum in Chicago.

Sean lives in Colorado with his wife and two beautiful young girls.

Currently, he’s the Director of TechStars Patriot Boot Camp.

I met Sean in Chicago at the first Defense Entrepreneur Forum hosted by Ben Kohlmann.

** Special thanks to TechStars Patriot Boot Camp. Taylor McLemore, for all the work he has done starting TechStars Patriot Boot Camp. Charlotte Creech for joining the TechStars Patriot Boot Camp team! And to TechStars Patriot Boot Camp Alumni, who are driving fast and passing on the right.

About TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

TechStars Patriot Boot Camp helps veterans and military spouses get into technology entrepreneurship.

TechStar’s Patriot Boot Camp locations:

  • Patriot Boot Camp: New York City, New York
  • Patriot Boot Camp: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Patriot Boot Camp: Detroit, Michigan
  • Patriot Boot Camp: Madison, Wisconsin


  • RallyPoint: Join the largest growing professional military network.

Show Notes

In today’s episode, Sean answers:

  • Why did you leave Google to join the Techstars Patriot Boot Camp family?
  • What mistakes have you made working with Techstars Patriot Boot Camp?
  • What’s the biggest challenge you’re experiencing right now at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp?
  • The military Transition Assistance Program (TAP) does not set veterans up for success. How can veterans prepare better for their transition out of the military?
  • How do you schedule your day?
  • What’s the best business advice you have received?

Key Topics discussed:

  • Saddam Hussien’s Principle of Working
  • Google’s 20% Tinker-time
  • How to Spark Creativity for New Ideas
  • How to Prepare for a Public Speaking/Keynote Talk
  • Why Veteran’s Can’t Compete at Google
  • The Defense Entrepreneur Forum
  • The Importance of Having the Right Spouse in Entrepreneurship.
  • Maintaining Work Life Balance with a Family
  • How Veterans Can Start a Career in Entrepreneurship
  • Google Glass is Gone, The Next Paradigm Shift in Technology

10 Breakthrough Technologies (MIT Magazine)

  • Magic Leap: A device that can make virtual objects appear in real life.  Why It Matters: The Technology could open new opportunities for the film, gaming, travel and telecommunications industries.
  • Nano-Architecture: Materials whose structures can be precisely tailored so they are strong yet flexible and extremely light. Why It Matters:  Lighter structural materials would be more energy-efficient and versatile.
  • Car-to-Car Communication: Cars that can talk to each other to avoid crashes.  Why It Matters:  More than a million people are killed on roads world wide every year.
  • Project Loon: A reliable and cost-effective way to beam Internet service from the sky to places lacking it. Why It Matters:  Internet access could expand educational and economic opportunities for the 4.3 billion people who are offline.
  • Liquid Biopsy: A blood test to catch cancer early. Why It Matters:  Cancer kills some eight million people around the world.
  • Megascale Desalination:  Demonstrating that seawater desalination can cost-effectively provide a substantial portion of a nation’s water supply.  Why It Matters:  The world supplies of fresh water are inadequate to meet the need of a growing population.
  • Apple Pay:  A service that makes it practical to use your smartphone as a wallet in everyday situations. Why It Matters:  Credit card fraud damages the economy by raising the costs of goods and services.
  • Brain Organoids: Three-dimensional clusters of living neurons that can be grown in a lab from human stem cells. Why It Matters:  Researchers need new ways of understanding brain disorders and testing possible treatments.
  • Supercharged Photosynthesis: Engineering rice plants to extract energy from sunlight far more efficiently than they do now.  Why It Matters:  Crop yields aren’t increasing fast enough to keep up with demand from a growing population.
  • Internet of DNA: Technical standards that let DNA databases communicate.  Why It Matters:  Your medical Treatment could benefit from the experiences of million of others.

Share a Quote

  • Success demands exposure.

  • Skate to where the puck is going, not where it has been. ~ Wayne Gretzey.

  • Drive fast and pass on the right. ~ Taylor McLemore

Business Weapons

  • Google Keep: Quickly create, access and organize notes, lists and photos with Google Keep.
  • Wunderlist: The easiest way to get stuff done. Has clean, user-friendly interface.
  • Any.Do: The #1 task management app used by over 11 million people globally.

Favorite Weapon

  • Twitter: Sean curates/follows specific people to quickly know what’s going on in the world.

Favorite Quote

Those on well-trodden paths always throw stones at those opening new roads. ~  Voltaire

Favorite Read

  • Download Horatio’s Drive by Dayton Duncan on Audible for Free: PBS documentary film about the first—and perhaps most astonishing—automobile trip across the United States.
  • Download How Google Works by Eric Schmidt on Audible for Free.
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