Annoucing the VetTable


Annoucing the VetTable

San Francisco, CA – October 13, 2014 – On Friday, announced the VetTable, an arm of the organization dedicated to veterans issues. The inspiration for this came from the discovery of not only a passion among their board members for helping veterans but also a desire to make TechTables more focused and actionable. As Sam Kaspick, Director of Operations, put it in a recent e-mail announcing the VetTable, “ [We] see ourselves as an organization that provides its members with a platform to give back in areas about which they are most passionate.” Convening Board members and allies Richie Goldman, Charley Moore, Craig Newmark, and Josh Fryday have formed an initial committee that will identify, build, and convene a network of executives who are veterans or are passionate about veterans issues together with current and former military officials and other thought leaders in the space. Katherine Webster and her organization, VetsinTech will also act as a partner for the VetTable. will host TechTables (under the moniker VetTable) with that network, believing that by focusing the participants and the topic, more specific action items, commitments, and partnerships will emerge.

These tables will officially begin today as the organization sits down with General Wesley Clark in partnership with Yelp in San Francisco. board members look forward to learning more from General Clark’s years of service, discussing his new book Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership, and collaborating around ways in which the private sector can do more to support the veteran transition. General Clark will also sit down with our Seattle Board a few days later on Thursday, October 16.

While the VetTable will now allow to focus some of their TechTables specifically on veterans, this will not be the first time they have sat down with those working closely on this issue. recently hosted Rosye Cloud, Senior Employment Advisor from Veterans Benefits Administration Office of Economic Opportunity at the Department of Veterans Affairs, to discuss the Department’s Accelerated Learning Competition and how to credential veterans for tech related fields. These issues also came up in ‘Tables with Senators Tim Kaine and Jeff Flake, Secretary Thomas Perez, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Rest assured that will continue to work to improve the outcomes of their bread-and-butter TechTables as well, framing the discussion beforehand whenever possible, and making sure to home in on good commitments to action.

The organization is hopeful that by continuing to bring together veterans and military officials in the public space with technology executives in the Bay Area and Seattle, they can raise awareness around veterans issues and develop solutions to fix them.

Please feel free to contact Sam Kaspick if veterans issues are of particular interest to you, and/or if there are any veterans in your company or larger network that would be interested in joining the VetTable!

More about General Wesley Clark:

Wesley Clark is a retired four star general in the U.S. Army. He retired in 2000 after 38 years of service including a tenure as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, during which he ”led NATO forces to victory in Operation Allied Force, saving 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing.” He is a decorated soldier, having been awarded both the the Silver Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge, as well as an accomplished author, former Presidential candidate, and fellow at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations.

Sam Kaspick
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