When Randall was 18, he joined the U.S. Army as a military intelligence signals analyst and directly supported numerous military operations throughout the world. After the Army, Randall joined a large, cleared defense contracting firm where he supported missions that solved some of the intelligence issues after 9/11. He has an unparalleled level of expertise in the use and integration of leading-edge information technologies, and he specializes in enhancing organizational infrastructure operations.
Randall founded Zapata Technology in 2007 and since then has led all efforts to help shape the company’s rapid expansion into new business markets and to create many new strategic business partnerships. Under Randall’s leadership, the Augusta-based Zapata Team is a two-time winner of Washington Technology’s Fast 50 and Inc. 5000.
Intelligence expert and Zapata Technology founder Randall Zapata joins Tim and Taylor to talk about keeping data safe, reinventing your small business every seven years, the importance of over-communicating with your employees, battling the mental health challenges of COVID, and the benefit of a CEO peer group.
Key Points From This Episode:
• What Matters to Small Business [0:02:54] • Keeping Customers Safe [0:03:58] • Jumping In at a Young Age [0:04:51] • The Importance of Culture [0:06:07] • Leadership Role [0:10:01] • Serving the Government [0:11:58] • COVID Adjustments [0:13:29] • The Zapata Studio [0:15:20] • Benefits of a Peer Group [0:16:40] • Learning From Mistakes [0:19:47] • Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs [0:21:07] • Rapid Fire [0:22:49] • Take Aways [0:28:45]