Episode 57:Brad Harrison, Army Veteran, Founder and Managing Partner of Scout Ventures

Brad Harrison, Founder Scout Ventures, Army Veteran

Brad Harrison, Founder Scout Ventures, Army Veteran

Brad Harrison is the Founder and Managing Partner of Scout Ventures. Scout Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm focused on media, tech, and entertainment.

Brad grew up in New York to entrepreneurial parents. He attended West Point were he graduated in the top 1% of his class in all three focus areas: military, academic, and physical. After graduation, Brad was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  He graduated from Ranger School and served with the 25th Infantry Division as an Infantry Officer.

After leaving the Army, Brad attended MIT, Sloan School of Management (where he began making investments in early stage companies), and received his MBA in New Product and Venture Development. He worked at AOL during its early stages, and was awarded multiple patents. Brad then continued to work with early-stage tech companies after leaving AOL in early 2004.

Scout Ventures was formed in 2009, and it has become the premier “Series Seed” technology investor in NYC. Scout Ventures has invested in multiple veteran led companies to include ID.me (Episode 5), UniteUS (Episode 20), and RedOwl Analytics. Brad is regularly featured on MSNBC, and Scout Ventures was recently listed on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of Top 100 VC firms.

I asked Brad what Veteran Entrepreneurs should do before they go and seek outside investment. Brad said:

I think the most important thing is, you have to have demonstrated some level of progress with your business….. you need to be able to show your resourcefulness by making progress on limited resources.

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