Starting a Business on Active Duty

Veteran on the Move, Thom Hart

About this Episode

What happens when you unleash a cross-commissioned military physicist with a knack for turning problems into marketplaces? You get Thom Hart, creator of StagePass, an experienced entertainment auction for podcasts that connects podcasters with their audiences. Tom shares how he switched from the Air Force to WestPoint, and built marketplaces while still in the military

Key Points of Discussion

  • Cross-commission: How Thom jumped from West Point to the  Air Force
  • What does a military physicist actually do?
  • The West Point side hustle that sparked Thom’s entrepreneurship
  • Building a social network, health marketplace, and Stagepass
  • Why veteran entrepreneurs need support on their journey

Key Milestones of this Episode

[1:11] Thom’s journey in the military

[3:51] Switching between branches

[8:00] The West Point side hustle

[12:00] Building a social network

[11:15] Common success principles of entrepreneurship

[14: 19] How kidney stones led Thom to create an on-demand health marketplace

[19:22] Stagepass

Key Resources

Stagepass Website

Stagepass on Twitter

Other Resources

Moonshots : Creating a World of Abundance

Key Quote by Thom Hart

“Entrepreneurship can be applied to so many verticals and industries.”

Get in Contact with Thom Hart

Thom is the founder of Stagepass, a marketplace for creatives to auction experiences to allow their audience to support them. He also just launched a podcast called Traction Growth & Income, which is designed to help creatives and entrepreneurs learn from others that have achieved success on those areas. Thom spent the last 5 years in the Air Force as a physicist, and was stationed at Wright Patterson AFB and Austin, TX, as an instructor at the University of Texas.

Thom Hart on LinkedIn







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