Jocko Willink – https://twitter.com/jockowillink – and Mike Sarraille – https://twitter.com/mjsarraille – served together as Navy SEALs and now work together at Echelon Front – https://www.echelonfront.com/ – a company Jocko cofounded.
We met up to talk about a new initiative they’ve set up called Overwatch. Overwatch is a talent acquisition firm that matches employers with veterans from special operations forces and combat aviation. You can learn more about Overwatch at https://www.efoverwatch.com/
They’re also hosting an event called the Muster in San Francisco on October 17th and 18th. You can sign up at https://www.extremeownership.com/
If you’d like to hear more from Mike and Jocko, check out Jocko Podcast Episode 134 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDWupT4tc8M
The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon – https://twitter.com/craigcannon
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00:17 – Intros
4:20 – Mike and Jocko on how they transitioned out
8:50 – How the military prepares people for the private sector
13:00 – What is Overwatch?
22:45 – Preconceptions about veterans
27:37 – Advice for companies looking to hire veterans
30:16 – Jocko’s next book, The Dichotomy of Leadership – https://www.amazon.com/Dichotomy-Leadership-Balancing-Challenges-Ownership/dp/1250195772
33:11 – Mike and Jocko’s working relationship
44:33 – How to set up your team so everyone can contribute
54:15 – What Mike and Jocko are trying to improve about themselves
57:58 – Alex Badalyan asks – What are some military tactics startups could adopt to increase team effectiveness and throughput?
1:00:00 – Allen asks – From your experience as a SEAL and in the business world, do two or more co-founders/leaders have a higher success rate? What are your thoughts on a solo leader/founder with a strong team and culture?
1:06:09 – Armando Neves asks – I liked Jocko’s episode on strategy and the way of the Samurai (The Book of Five Rings), how much of the warrior mindset is he implementing on a day to day basis?
1:10:30 – Ryan Carl Mercer asks – Favorite MRE and thank you for your service sir.
1:14:12 – Spencer Clark asks – Is culture more decided by micro or macro policies & interactions?