Marine Combat Veteran David Smith with Dogu Data and Development

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163: Marine Combat Veteran David Smith with Dogu Data and Development

On today’s episode, Joe Crane welcomes Marine Combat Veteran David Smith with Dogu Data and Development. David is a Marine veteran and entrepreneur, who overcame PTSD and went on to succeed in other areas of his life. Listen to his story, and learn how he be climbed the ladder to becoming the CMO of Dogu Data AS. Tune in!

Experience in the Military

David served for four years in the Marines, first as a rifleman and then as a team leader. He fought a couple of times in Iraq. Initially, he wanted to stay in the military.


Not soon after his transition, he joined the national guard special forces. For some reason, he got caught in the middle without a specific unit and got out. That’s when he decided to finish college.

Hard Work Pays Off

David had no clear idea on what to do. He did not even plan about getting out of the military.


“I thought I would always be in the military doing special operations or whatever else, and it never really crossed my mind that all of a sudden I’m going to be out.” -Doug Smith


He worked $13-14 per hour at a construction site until someone noticed the Marine Corp sticker on his truck. That led him to another job, which was working graveyard shifts as security guard in an oil company. His worked helped him finish college.

Continuing the Journey

He studied political science in Berkeley. David originally wanted to study business, but he did not do well in Math.


He shares the times when he missed being in the military. Because of that, he would visit the memorial and spend some time with his military colleagues.


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