"Brad, thanks again for your time - It's always great talking with a fellow Grad about ways we can continue to serve, even outside the uniform. Your perspective on finding our competitive advantage and prioritizing self-care, is something that will resonate with many folks."
Best to you and the Scout Team - Look forward to seeing your continued momentum & success.
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Brad Harrison, Founder & Managing Partner of Scout Ventures, strongly believes that happiness is key to success and the money comes when you stop focusing on it. This West Point and MIT grad spent the beginning of his career Leading soldiers and living the Airborne Ranger life. This eventually brought him to the world of technology and spent a career working in companies like AOL and Endeca, where he found his passion for an industry that was on the cutting edge. Brad's focus has always been about "Service" and even out of uniform, his investment philosophy is to help companies who serve those who are in harm's way. Each of us have a competitive advantage and figuring that out is paramount to success. At Scout Ventures, reaching hard to access founders and intimately understanding the nuances of a military background, has been a keystone for their investment strategy. While most folks see a simple helicopter pilot, Brad and Team sees a special operations aviator who pushes the limits and finds a way to succeed (despite the odds). Better understanding the human behind the company has allowed Scout to help build companies like Unite Us, ID.me, Voyager and many more. Self care has also been a priority for this Venture Capitalist, especially as it pertains to how they help their companies perform at their best. A Leader's brain is the most important thing they bring to the Team. If that's not in good health, what real value and clarity can that Leader provide? Whether it's soothing tunes from an earthy flute or taking time everyday to work out, those are the things that ultimately keep us sharp. Centering on what's personally important, allows us to be better professionals. Being our best self is about self-awareness and sitting with discomfort. Once we are able to create space to understand who we are, then we can begin to reach new heights. Brad and the Scout Team are not only building a successful VC, but one with Service and the Human at the center of it.