Patriot Boot Camp - a nonprofit that helps thousands of military members, veterans, and spouses start and scale their businesses - has partnered with Bonsai - a platform for career advice powered by 1:1 video meetings.
Jen Pilcher, CEO of Patriot Boot Camp, herself, is an alumnus of the program’s class of 2013, and has searched for years for a new way to unlock career coaching at scale. "Human-to-human connection has been the cornerstone of Patriot Boot Camp since its inception in 2012,” said Jen."We have been on the search for a solution to provide our community members with year-round career and business advice from industry experts, and we finally found it with Bonsai."
The Bonsai platform was introduced to Patriot Boot Camp through its partnership with Google for Startups, a team within Google that recently sponsored PBC’s two-day entrepreneurship boot camp."We're proud to have played a connecting role between our partner and Bonsai," said Nicole Froker, Partnerships Manager with Google for Startups."At Google, we know that cultivating a strong network of trusted advisors and industry professionals is crucial to a startup's success, so we are thrilled to see this partnership come to life."
Bonsai was started by CEO, Patrick Sullivan - the founder RightsFlow (acquired by Google in 2011) and Source3 (acquired by Facebook in 2017) - and COO, Jake Rosenfeld. The platform matches “learners” building careers and new companies with “coaches” who are industry experts, executives, and entrepreneurs over 1:1 video meetings rooted in career and business advice.
To make Bonsai as accessible as possible, learners are invited to “pay what they wish” in exchange for personal meetings with coaches such as Founder of The Orchard, Richard Gottehrer, former Facebook executive, Ellen Silver, and Founder of Google Drive, Jonathan Rochelle.
"When it comes to successfully building a career or new venture, it’s not just about what you know, but who you know. Bonsai bridges the gap and connects those in need with leaders across business and entrepreneurship," said Rosenfeld. “We hope this partnership will motivate members of the military community to find ways, even in today’s virtual world, to network and grow professionally.