For over a year, Bunker Labs’ Transition Podcast has been demystifying the entrepreneurial journey for Veterans and military spouses. Thanks to generous support from the MetLife Foundation, host “Iron” Mike Steadman is able to reach out to real entrepreneurs and talk about their triumphs, tragedies, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Today, we’re looking back at some of Mike’s favorite interviews with Asian-American and Pacific Islander entrepreneurs over the past year.
Founder of Rumi Spice
Episode 36: Veteran Entrepreneurs and Afghanistan
Army Veterans and Rumi Spice founders Kimberly Jung and Keith Alaniz join Mike to lead a hard conversation about the War in Afghanistan. They also discuss Rumi Spice, which brings flavorful, ethically sourced, and socially responsible spices from Afghanistan to the world.
Check out Rumi Spice’s products here.
Marine Corps Veteran
Founder of Nashville Analytics & Taco Dipolmacy
Episode 49: Data Analytics, Tacos, and Life with a Marine Veteran
In this episode, Mike speaks with Marine Corps Veteran James Suh. He’s the founder of Nashville Analytics, a Nashville based analytics firm. Additionally, James recently founded Taco Diplomacy, a unique pop-up taco shop, committed to bringing the world together, one taco at a time.
Learn about James’ unique fusion tacos here.
Founder of Whiskey Grade
Episode 19: The Importance of Failing Forward
Entrepreneurship is often about bouncing back from failure. Mike talks with Army Veteran Jamison Aweau about how to fail forward. Learn what went wrong, and what went right, with his first company, Whiskey Grade.
Bunker Labs Entrepreneurs
In addition to the great business leaders covered on the Transition Podcast, there are many more Asian-American and Pacific Islander-led companies in the Bunker Labs ecosystem we are excited to draw attention to.
Joey Mac Dizon
Cigars Are a Vessel to Create Memorable Experiences
Marine Veteran & Founder of The Mobile Cigar Lounge
Since 2018 The Mobile Cigar Lounge has worked to make memories at your weddings, private events, and festivals in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania area. Learn more about how Joey’s experience with the Marine Corps led to his special venture here.
Book The Mobile Cigar Lounge for your event here.
Get Rewarded for Watching Independent Films
Air Force Veteran & Founder of Filmocracy
A Bunker Labs Alumni, Paul Jun went through our Veterans in Residence Program. Now he runs Filmocracy, a movie streaming platform that focuses on independent features. After watching, you can give detailed ratings and reviews which earn rewards you can spend on gift cards or to help back your own independent film project!
Check out Filmocracy here.
About The Transition Podcast
Demystifying Entrepreneurship & Small Business Ownership
“Iron” Mike Steadman interviews veterans and military spouses with businesses and startups from all industries and stages. Listen each week to dive deep into their stories and lessons learned. New episodes drop on Thursday. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss an episode.
About the Transition Podcast Host “Iron” Mike Steadman
“Iron” Mike Steadman the Founder and CEO of IRONBOUND Boxing, a nonprofit that provides free amateur boxing training, entrepreneur education, and employment opportunities for Newark youth & young adults. Mike and his partner Keith Colon, oversee the legendary IRONBOUND Boxing Academy, their free boxing gym for youth in Newark, NJ. He also runs IRONBOUND Media, a podcast production company that produces branded podcasts for veteran-owned businesses.
Mike is a three-time National Collegiate Boxing Champion from the United States Naval Academy and Marine Corps Infantry Officer, with deployments to Afghanistan and Japan/Philippines. He’s currently a Hoover Veteran Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank promoting the principles of individual, economic, and political freedom. His goal is to raise 1.5 million dollars to build the first ever IRONBOUND Courage Academy, a 5,000 sqft boxing facility and small business incubator space for Newark’s youth and young adults. Through his efforts growing IRONBOUND Boxing and IRONBOUND Media, Mike has established himself as a high-profile veteran advocate and the new face of social entrepreneurship.
To learn more visit www.IRONBOUNDBoxing.org and www.IRONBOUNDMedia.com
Breaking Barriers in Entrepreneurship
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Break through system barriers to success, together
Representation matters, especially in the entrepreneurial world. Through the power of community and connection, we aim to break the barriers that our society has created for entrepreneurs of historically underserved communities.
Learn how to support the Asian-American Pacific Islander-led companies participating in the current BBIE cohort today. You can also learn about last year’s cohort here.