Veteran Leaves NASA to Launch His Own Business (PS029)
Meet KC Chhipwadia
KC has served active and reserve for the past 17 years, currently honorably serving in the Navy Reserve. But has also had a second professional career in parallel as a former NASA senior engineer having worked on human spaceflight at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for the past 20 years.
After his Iraq and Afghanistan deployments, KC decided on a major life pivot, left NASA to discover a greater purpose, and is now an aspiring vetrepreneur, in early stages of launching his tech start-up.
His start-up is going to re-define how pre-college student athletes control their destiny, it will transform their passion to play in college and beyond into a powerful engine that increases their odds of success in sports and life after sports.
I had the pleasure of meeting KC in-person at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp.
About KC’s Startup/Business Idea
Pre-college student athletes control their destiny, it will transform their passion to play in college and beyond into a powerful engine that increases their odds of success in sports and life after sports.
Get added to KC’s Pre-Launch list here.
- RallyPoint: You can find service members and veterans like you, discuss military life, and share professional opportunities on the largest growing military network.
In today’s episode, KC answers:
- What was the most rewarding part of working at NASA?
- How did you come up with your startup idea?
- What’s the minimum viable product (MVP) for your product?
- What’s a mistake you have made so far?
- What’s a challenge you’re experiencing right now?
- What’s the best business advice you ever received?
- Who are your mentors, who do you like to learn from?
- Do you have one key entrepreneur concept or theme that you’d recommend a veteran learn?
- How do you grow your network?
- How’d you get involve with TechStars Patriot Boot Camp?
- How did you finally decide to transition from the military and pursue a full-time career in entrepreneurship?
- What if entrepreneurship doesn’t work out?
- What’s a great habit you’re doing right now?
- How do you schedule your day and set goals?
Key Topics discussed:
- Life portfolio concept
- Lean development principles
- Vitamin vs. pain-killer business concepts
- Problem solution vs. product solution fit
- Customer discovery and development
- Apply vs. follow mentorship concept
Apps and Articles Mentioned
Favorite Business App and Weapon
- Google Drive
Recommended Business Books
- Running Lean by Ash Maurya: An ideal tool for business managers, CEOs, small business owners, developers and programmers, and anyone who’s interested in starting a business project.
- Traction by Gabriel Weinberg: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth
- Startup CEO by Matt Blumberg: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business
- Founder’s Dilemma by Noam Wasserman: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup
- Tribes by Seth Godin: We Need You to Lead Us
Always work hard on something uncomfortably exciting! ~ Larry Page
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Life is too short to build something nobody wants. ~ Ash Maurya
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