Beyond the Uniform is a show to help military veterans navigate their civilian career. Each week, I meet with different veterans to learn more about their civilian career, how they got there, and what advice they'd give to other military personnel.
“What I didn't know [when I was first getting out of the Navy] was how prepared and equipped veterans are as they're transitioning for an unbelievable number of roles within corporate america.”
– Brad Bonney
Brad Bonney grew up in Kansas City and in 8th Grade decided to attend the Naval Academy. He graduated from USNA in '05, went to Stanford University to get his MS in Electrical Engineering, and then joined the submarine pipeline. After five years of service on the USS Jefferson City, he left the Navy to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
After graduating from Stanford (for the second time), Brad joined AirBnB as one of their first thousand employees. Since then, he has seen the company triple in size, as he serves as a manager on their Trust & Safety team (with over 200 employees).
In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:
His decision to leave the Navy, and how he thought about the Reserves
How he decided to go back to grad school again
Advice on applying to a top tier business school
Thoughts about Executive Education programs
How he decided to join AirBnB, and how he got his foot in the door
What is day-to-day life like at a high-growth internet startup
What has been the most surprising aspect of civilian life