Gene Moran - Make Your Move Podcas - Episode 1 - Special Guest Rob Slaughter

#1: From Military Leadership To Successful Entrepreneur In A Year With Rob Slaughter

The transition from a military career into corporate life isn’t always an easy one for veterans, but for some, business and entrepreneurial success can happen quickly.


Major Rob Slaughter made a successful transition out of military leadership. After twelve years in the US Air Force, he became co-founder of Defense Unicorns, a software specialist organization. The company is expected to achieve a seven figure turnover in its first year of trading.

Episode Highlights

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00:00 Meet Rob Slaughter, co-founder of Defense Unicorns.

02:03 The personal motivation behind making a career transition after 12 years of active duty.

05:53 Overcoming barriers to transition by learning to adapt.

10:42 The decision that took Rob from Defense Unicorns co-founder to CEO of an organization hiring over 20 employees within months.

13:04 Business success isn’t as easy as it looks; the biggest obstacle facing a start-up involved with federal sales.

15:48 The most beneficial aspect of a career transition; taking back control.

17:15 Understanding the cultural differences between military life and the corporate environment, and the one essential daily habit to ease the adjustment period.

17:50 Gene’s Business Tip: Diversify your network. Why veterans need to work actively to expand their network, and the three key strategies to get you started.

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Show Resources: Learn vital insights that will help you to navigate your path through your transition with Make Your Move: Charting Your Post-Military Career.

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Coming Up In Episode 2: Retired US Navy Captain, warship commander and trailblazer Alysa Ambrose explains why there’s more to post-military life than business success. Listen Now.

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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