From the Army to Tech Entrepreneur
Joseph Kopser is CEO/Founder of RideScout. He served in the Army for 20 years after graduating from West Point in 1993 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. His last assignment in the Army was teaching Leadership and Strategy at The University of Texas at Austin. He also received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. Currently, he is a Next Generation Project Texas Fellow at the Strauss Center at UT-Austin with a focus on Energy Policy as well as a Leadership Austin alum. On January 1st, 2013, Joseph joined the Board of Directors of the CleanTX Foundation.
In this interview, Joseph discusses his career in the United States Army as a Cavalry Officer and his transition to founding his own company. He discusses some of his favorite roles in the Army which include serving as a Battalion Executive Officer and Operations Officer in Iraq, teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and teaching a the University of Texas. Joseph talks about the idea behind RideScout (a free mobile app that provides real-time on-demand information on available transportation options) and the challenges of developing a mobile app. He also talks about the differences in the way younger generations view transportation and suggests this article. Joseph has great advice for any veteran that wants to start their own business.
On Translating Military Skills To Entrepreneurship
At the end of the day, Military Veterans….do a couple of things really well. The first thing is they solve problems, and then the second thing is that they work well as teams.