“I've wanted to change the world since I was 13. After graduating Georgetown in 2012, I spent the last 5 years building companies to solve social challenges, none more meaningful than Veterati. 2 years ago, Veterati was an informal mentoring group where we would mentor Daniel's Marine buddies. One of the Marines I met, I asked him, "What was transition like for you?" He looked straight at me and said, “Not good. I've been to 3 friends' funerals since I've been out of the military. They're all friends who committed suicide." More soldiers die by their own hand than in battle. It's a lonely path for the soldier coming home to no community, no purpose, no job. Anyone would struggle with this. And so for me I build Veterati to save lives and empower good people to succeed.”
“I decided to join the Marine Corps when I saw the twin towers fall. I wanted to keep my family safe. I served as a Marine Security Guard, protecting embassies from New Delhi to Yemen. After returning to the US, I found job search to be confusing, chaotic, and messy— and saw many of my friends facing the same challenge. I build Veterati to create opportunity for Veterans to have guidance from successful professionals in a world that often seems impermeable to Veterans. I also got a bonus when I built Veterati— I didn’t just get a startup and a great team, I also got a wife and married Diana. So sometimes you’re shooting for your dream job and end up getting your dream girl too.”
“I was born after the Vietnam War. My dad had to escape on a refugee boat or be killed, so I grew up without a dad for my first 14 years. After immigrating to the US, I joined the Marine Corps, became an engineer, and bootstrapped two fin-tech companies from $0 to $50m. I’ve always felt this missing link because I didn’t have any mentors. I build Veterati to give my brothers and sisters what I didn’t have, so they can succeed beyond my success. This is very important to me, so I brought my top engineers who’ve been with me for 10+ years into Veterati and funded them for the last 2 years.”
Evan is a nationally recognized leader with over two decades of experience in strategic corporate development, employment marketing & branding. As former Global Head of Military Programs and Engagement for Verizon; Evan’s responsibilities included creation, development, implementation, and oversight of Verizon’s new military engagement program and national branding efforts. Evan’s passion and experience has led Verizon to receive the #1 ranking on the Best For Vets list for two consecutive years by Military Times Edge Magazine. In addition, Evan’s individual efforts have been recognized by former President George W. Bush & former First Lady Michelle Obama, the White House-Joining Forces, Department of Defense, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many other reputable establishments.