Member Monday: Rod Rodriguez, Clear Commo

It’s #membermonday! Check out this week’s featured member, Rod Rodriguez of Clear Commo.  Read more about his journey below.

Rod Rodriguez
Founder
Clear Commo

Military Service: US Army Reserve

Branch/Specialty:  Human Intelligence Technician

So, what do you do and how do you do it?

We provide custom podcast services that include everything from recording on-site with our clients to editing and publishing their podcast. Basically, we take care of all the most challenging parts of podcasting. Our goal is to make having a high-quality podcast easy for businesses who want to share their story with their clients and future clients.

What has been the most challenging part about transitioning from military service?

The most challenging part about my transition has to do with going from Active Army to Reserve. It was a huge culture change in how businesses is done, the mission, and time management. There was also the challenge of balancing my civilian job and military expectations. Prior to transitioning to the Reserve, I had not considered the challenges that were unique to those in the Army Reserve. The challenges become compounded when you throw being a startup on top of your civilian job and military duty.

Tell us how you ended up where you are in your company.

I started my first podcast, The After Action Review, from my kitchen table using a microphone I bought off of Craigslist. This podcast provided me the space to learn my craft both as a podcast host and producer. The After Action Review Podcast has been running steadily for two years and it’s been an amazing journey full of amazing guests and invaluable lessons learned.

In the last 5 years, what is the greatest change you have made in your life that has made you a better person?

The greatest changes that made me a better person came about from a series of life setbacks. Losing your job, going through a divorce, and not being able to find work is tough for anyone. When you’re in the middle of the storm it can often feel like there’s no end in sight to the challenges that keep popping up. I dedicated myself to rebuilding my life from the ground up which meant being away from my family for 15 months while I deployed overseas. Those hardships were what gave me focus, drive, and resilience, all the things that have made me a better person.

What is the book you’ve given most as a gift? Or, what are the one or two books that have greatly influenced your life?

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk is a book that I’ve read and read several times and have gifted just as much. It’s all about being real and vulnerable with customers, not just acting like you are. There are lessons in this book that transcend business that we could adopt in our everyday lives. The bottom line is this, Be A Good Person, Do Good For the Customer, Expect Nothing In Return, and Enjoy What Does.

Honestly, why did you join the Capitol Post family? And what has been the biggest impact so far?

I had always liked the idea of being an entrepreneur and building something that was unique and mine. The After Action Review was my way of reaching out to Veteran Business owners to find out how they did and what they had learned along the way. I was sitting in Kuwait listening to Gary Vaynerchuk talk about the difference between those that try and those that do when I realized I needed to at least try to make this idea of producing podcasts work. I saw the opportunity to apply to Startup School and was excited to learn that I had been accepted.

The biggest impact so far? That’s so hard to nail down because since joining Capitol Post my life has experienced a windfall of opportunities thanks to the lessons I learned in Startup School and the network of likeminded Veterans and Civilians that I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with. My advice to any Veteran thinking of starting a business is to consider Capitol Post’s Startup School a priority like you would make having a business plan.

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