114 episodes

The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

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The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    104. The Most Tactical Career Advice for Veterans You'll Ever Hear with Joel Martycz

    104. The Most Tactical Career Advice for Veterans You'll Ever Hear with Joel Martycz

    There's lots of garbage career advice out there and I get why - its hard to apply principles across different disciplines, personal pursuits, and backgrounds. That was true until today - meet Joel Martycz.

    After his time in the Air Force, Joel has gone on to work in the broadest array of fields I've ever seen from Space X to Target and Optum Health.

    Joel breaks down how to position yourself properly for different industries, why titles don't mean anything and how to optimize for doing things you actually enjoy, and questions you should ask yourself to get to your true calling.



    Episode Resources:

    Joel on LinkedIn



    Show Notes:

    Reflecting on past year's goals and setting new ones. 0:00

    Prioritizing processes over outcomes in personal growth and development. 3:43

    Breaking down goals into smaller bite size pieces. 9:04

    Joel's backstory. 12:13

    How to pick a career. 17:36

    Being a big fish in a small pond. 22:57

    Why title chasing won't get you anywhere. 29:00

    Maslow's hierarchy of needs. 34:16

    Where family falls into the career conversation. 39:30

    Nonprofits and social efforts. 46:45

    Building a personal board of directors for career guidance and self-discovery. 52:16

    Personal growth, meaningful work, and veteran community service. 56:34

    Veteran support and employee resource groups. 1:01:43

    Necessity of giving back to other veterans. 1:06:54

    Applying military lessons to civilian life. 1:09:55

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    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Follow along:   

    • Episode & transcript: ⁠⁠https://www.scuttlebuttpodcast.co/⁠⁠

    • Brock: ⁠⁠https://www.brockbriggs.com/⁠

    • 1 hr 11 min
    103. Buying an Ice Business with Brandon Adams

    103. Buying an Ice Business with Brandon Adams

    How do you take over a 50 year old ice business? What new verticals is there to explore in such an old industry?

    These are questions Brandon Adams answers in a conversation with Brock. Brandon is former Army Recon and walks us through his time growing a fund from 25 million to 12 billion before being sold to Blackstone, taking the ETA path to the ice business, and his reflections on personal growth required to move forward in life.



    Episode Resources:

    ⁠Brandon on X⁠



    Show Notes:

    Expanding custom ice with new product line. 0:00

    Life choices and military enlistment after 9/11. 13:09

    Workplace culture and employee empowerment. 20:44

    Business ownership, leadership, and employee responsibility. 26:15

    Starting/buying additional businesses, aligning with personal goals. 34:21

    Leadership, team management, and personal growth. 38:48

    Personal growth and responsibility after military service. 43:04

    Masculinity, self-discovery, and personal growth. 49:06

    Spirituality. 57:25

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    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Follow along:   

    • Episode & transcript: ⁠https://www.scuttlebuttpodcast.co/⁠

    • Brock: ⁠https://www.brockbriggs.com/⁠

    • 1 hr
    102. Life and Death at Abbey Gate with Mikael Cook

    102. Life and Death at Abbey Gate with Mikael Cook

    Who did we leave behind in the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan? How are we looking for interpreters and other civilians who aided US efforts throughout the GWOT? What is the status of visa process?

    These are all questions Brock dives into with Mikael Cook, the author of the upcoming book Life and Death at Abbey Gate. Mikael's book recounts the story of his relationship with Abdul and Mohammad, two Afghanis he met while deployed, and his involvement in #DigitalDunkirk, an underground communication channel between those on the ground in country and people in the US working to evacuate essential personnel.



    Episode Resources:

    Mikael on Instagram

    Preorder on book on Amazon



    Show Notes:

    Afghanistan war experiences and writing a book. 0:00

    Military service and deployment. 2:09

    Evacuation failures in Afghanistan. 10:23

    State Department inconsistencies. 15:22

    Immigration policy. 20:04

    Digital Dunkirk and citizen-led rescue efforts during Afghanistan crisis. 26:21

    The role of social media in the unfolding of a true story. 28:56

    Using social media for good in the military. 34:22

    Immigration visa process for Afghan allies after US withdrawal. 40:02

    Afghanistan's current situation and resistance efforts. 42:44

    Military service, heroism, and patriotism. 53:35

    Book release. 57:59



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    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Follow along:   

    • Episode & transcript: https://www.scuttlebuttpodcast.co/

    • Brock: https://www.brockbriggs.com/

    • 59 min
    101. How and Why to Invest in Veteran Founders with Jake Dulle

    101. How and Why to Invest in Veteran Founders with Jake Dulle

    In this episode, Brock talks with Jake Dulle. Jake is a former Navy submarine officer and now currently the CEO of Localvest, a marketplace to bring together veterans looking for funding for their small business and investors. In this episode Jake talks through how he found himself in the position of looking to make private investments, why he explicitly invests in veteran founders, and what they're building at Localvest to help get veteran businesses funded.



    Episode Resources:

    Jake on LinkedIn

    Localvest



    Show Notes:

    Veteran-led businesses and networking. 0:00

    Where military experience fits into post service networking. 6:37

    Investing in veteran-led businesses and building trust. 9:43

    Trust and intentions in veteran-related initiatives. 15:09

    Jake's background and joining Localvest. 17:49

    Places veterans can go to get funding. 23:09

    Investment strategies and asset classes for an accredited investor. 27:23

    What opportunities are exciting to Jake today. 34:49

    Entrepreneurship and risk-taking in the US. 40:19

    The importance of making the first sale. 45:11

    Entrepreneurship, excuses, and execution. 50:52

    Why side hustles can help vets through transition beyond just something to stay busy. 54:22

    Overcoming procrastination and taking action in business. 58:07

    Monetizing a platform for investment opportunities. 1:08:57

    Challenges in creating a dual-sided marketplace. 1:13:28

    Why venture is probably not the answer 1:15:35

    Finding new words for lifestyle businesses. 1:21:30

    How to start your comms plan to raise. 1:31:17

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    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Follow along:   

    • Episode & transcript: https://www.scuttlebuttpodcast.co/

    • Brock: https://www.brockbriggs.com/

    • 1 hr 36 min
    100. Scuttlebutt02 - 4 Lessons from 100 Episodes

    100. Scuttlebutt02 - 4 Lessons from 100 Episodes

    In this episode, Brock walks through 4 lessons learned from guests spanning 100 episodes.



    Show Notes:

    Purpose and its creation over time through life experiences. 0:01

    Finding fulfillment in life and career. 2:47

    Deliberate action and choosing your own adventure. 9:23

    Trial and error in career and life choices. 15:31

    Career development and decision-making. 20:54

    Personal responsibility and accountability in various contexts. 25:49

    Taking action and overcoming excuses. 30:52

    Goal creation and breakdown. 36:22

    Life's work, giving, and imposter syndrome. 41:16

    Stoicism and Personal Growth. 47:02



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    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Follow along:   

    • Episode & transcript: https://www.scuttlebuttpodcast.co/

    • Brock: https://www.brockbriggs.com/

    • 52 min
    99. Building a Winning Defense Tech Company with Colin Carroll

    99. Building a Winning Defense Tech Company with Colin Carroll

    In this episode, Brock talks with Colin Carroll. Colin is a former Marine Corps recon and intelligence officer and today works at Anduril on strategy and growth. Colin has been a part of several unique teams within and adjacent to the Department of Defense. We get into his time at Project Maven as well as the Joint AI Center to talk about building innovative teams from scratch, why people are the most important ingredient when determining success, and how those people influence the early culture of an organization. Colin also talks about some of the technical advancements AI is bringing to the battlefield and the changing state of the defense technology business in particular how people should be thinking about how to win in defense.



    Show Notes:

    Getting fired from the Joint AI Center. 0:39

    Command climate surveys and morale in the Department of Defense. 3:02

    Career in DoD and Project Maven 12:06

    Military service, Intel, and AI development. 15:30

    Autonomous systems and program design in government. 19:02

    Team dynamics in the DoD. 25:34

    Building and maintaining a high-performing team. 29:36

    Hiring and evaluating candidates for innovative companies. 32:44

    Career paths and personal growth. 39:15

    Disrupting the defense industry with AI. 43:17

    Government procurement and defense industry. 46:42

    Tailoring government go-to-market strategies for different stages of a company's lifecycle. 50:03

    Defense industry strategy. 56:28

    Scaling production and command control for multidomain unmanned systems. 59:33

    Defense tech gaps and data needs for autonomous systems. 1:02:15

    The data problem in the DoD. 1:10:03

    Tension between industry and government in defense tech. 1:13:23

    DOD acquisitions challenges and cultural changes. 1:16:53



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    The Scuttlebutt Podcast - The podcast for service members and veterans building a life outside the military.

    The Scuttlebutt Podcast features discussions on lifestyle, careers, business, and resources for service members. Show host, Brock Briggs, talks with a special guest from the community committed to helping military members build a successful life, inside and outside the service.

    Follow along:   

    • Episode & transcript: https://www.scuttlebuttpodcast.co/

    • Brock: https://www.brockbriggs.com/

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

arianatheiguana ,

Great profiles, awesome content

It was an absolute pleasure working with Brock! Brock is a thoughtful, curious, and diligent host who unlocks the most interesting aspects of his guests. His podcast is a platform for diverse and accomplished veterans - among others - to share their experiences and accomplishments. I am grateful to have been on his show and look forward to following.

1KWL ,

“Developing Character in Navy SEALs”

Kevin Stark is a deep thinker, experienced leader, teammate, & wise. Kevin studies, shares, hosts important conversations @ a depth that few bother with…incredibly rare in today’s society.

He is the embodiment of Arete…the path of virtue & excellence.

Rec you listen carefully to the podcast & Kevin. Incredible man.

Subhodl ,

Thoughtful Questions and Fun Interview

Brock is a fantastic interviewer. I love listening to the perspectives of the guests that he has on and his ability to dig in deeper to find value for veterans and active duty military alike. I highly recommend this podcast!

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