A growing number of former Navy SEALs and other Special Operations veterans are choosing to forego the traditional post-combat careers of private security firms and law enforcement agencies and are instead joining the tech industry.
SEALs learn to build teams, think outside the box and lead in ever-changing circumstances – talents Silicon Valley companies say make Spec Ops veterans a good fit for innovative businesses.
Former Marine Don Faul, who has worked at Google, Facebook and Pinterest, says he estimates 100 Special Operations veterans have been hired in the tech industry within the last two years.
Faul is now COO of Athos, a wearable technology startup. He says the Special Operations vets have leadership skills that many tech companies need.
Founded in 2013, San Diego-based company The Honor Foundation helps local SEALs and other Special Operations veterans transition into careers in the tech industry and well as other fields.