I had the pleasure of being interviewed this week by an extraordinary patriot named Justin Nassiri. Justin is committed to assisting veterans in their transition from the military to civilian life, and he has used his military experience, excellent education and extraordinary creativity and intellect to create a wonderful platform called Beyond The Uniform, described below. Frank Van Buren
“Justin is the Founder & CEO of StoryBox, and started Beyond the Uniform as a side project to help active duty military personnel. Justin is an ENFP who lives in San Francisco with his ENTJ wife (and inspiration) Rebecca and their ESFP dog Hemingway (Hemi).
Justin studied Electrical Engineering at the United States Naval Academy, where he received what’s been dubbed “a $200k education shoved up your [censored] a nickel at a time.” He also received the world’s finest education in leadership, serving as the Brigade Performance and Conduct Officer and the President of the Men’s Glee Club (note: as a result, Rebecca refers to herself as the First Lady).
Justin served as an officer with the incredible crew of the USS Alaska (SSBN 732) and for a far-too-brief time with the USS Chicago. This training was the single biggest asset to his experience as an entrepreneur, helping him break through walls, push himself beyond his limits, and occasionally fight giant squid and flirt with mermaids.
His life was forever changed when he attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business. There, he learned that investment bankers weren’t tellers at a bank (true story), that ordinary people can start baby companies called startups, and that if you’re dressed in 70s attire on a flight to vegas you can get away with giving the safety announcement.
In 2009 he turned down an offer from McKinsey & Co. to start TheOneAbout, which became VideoGenie, which became StoryBox. Wackiness ensued.
About Beyond the Uniform
Members of the Armed Forces take an oath to put the needs of the nation before their own. Whether they serve five years or fifty, these men and women eventually face a transition to a civilian career and life. The “Beyond The Uniform” site is dedicated to providing the resources necessary to navigate this transition with confidence.
They do this by:
- Showcasing examples of veterans who have successfully made this transition, what they learned, what they wish they knew, and what advice they’d offer.
- Analyzing data to spot trends in career decisions.
- Illuminating ways in which military training is an extreme advantage in the civilian sector.
Thank you to all of those who have and who continue to serve our country. Countless Americans have benefited from your service, and it is my hope that the information provide can benefit from the sacrifices you have made.”
Justin M. Nassiri