Steve Meyer was a military brat. His father was a member of the famed WWII “Flying Tigers,” so he knows full well the sacrifices Veterans and military spouses make both in battle and on the home front. It’s why when he met Taylor McLemore at a Techstars event and heard about Patriot Boot Camp, he jumped at the chance to mentor and help ease the transition from service to the civilian workforce.
“I feed off the energy of a PBC weekend,” said Meyer who has mentored countless budding entrepreneurs at five PBC events. He’s already signed on to mentor at Austin 2019, too.
During Austin, 2016, one such PBC attendee, Justin Gilfus, was lucky enough to score a mentor meeting with Meyer. After that, the two stayed in touch, met for coffee, and riffed on Gilfus’s idea, Ads For the Road. Coffee turned into regular meetings (they graduated to beer!) and eventually Meyer signed on as an advisor and board member. The company soon pivoted, under Meyer’s counsel, to Abraxas Technology, an out-of-home advertising marketing data collection and analytics services company. Today, Meyer is CTO, co-founder, advisor, and board member for Abraxas.
“This is possible,” said Meyer adding that with some follow up work, the mentor relationship can be powerful and productive. “I will literally drop everything to help a PBC mentee.”
Meyer cautions entrepreneurs who want to go at it alone. The family that they meet at PBC is part of what makes the event so special and leveraging those relationships is smart.
“Communicate, communicate, communicate with your mentors and remember that there’s no harm in asking for help,” said Meyer. “After all, the view from the top is always better shared.”