Feb 15, 2017
Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview
Greg Adams and Blake Miles. Greg was a Special Forces officer, and
is now the Co-founder and CEO of Stabilitas, a real-time threat
intelligence and communication platform for security professionals
working at global organizations. Blake was a Special Forces
soldier, and currently is working as the Director of Support for
Stabilitas. Greg and his team help safeguard companies and
secures travelers with location specific safety
information and a lifeline to help, all through their
Listen in to learn more about how these former
Special Forces operators bring military-strength intelligence to
[4:24] The Stabilitas team mission is to keep
stakeholders safe, communicating risks arising from world
[13:32] Greg had had a learning experience in
Afghanistan, where his fundamental assumptions were challenged.
Greg said you have to be curious, informed, and confident in your
decisions, and always open to new information.
[19:27] Greg’s top value is to surround himself with
quality people, like Blake. It’s a combination of taking care of
the customer, and building a team of people that care about each
[21:53] Greg deployed to Afghanistan during the
financial crisis. The war wasn’t resonating with people who were
losing their homes. This event made him want to study the big
picture, through empirical economics, which helped him to find data
to test big assumptions. Applying this to Stabilitas, they use
machine learning to process open source risk data, map it, and
dynamically deliver intelligence to a smartphone.
[23:39] In the commercial security space, they’re at
a confluence of markets between intelligence and geopolitical risk,
and communicating that intelligence to security staff, giving them
civilian equivalents of military tools.
[27:30] Stabilitas is exploring social media. The
goal is to demonstrate they’re doing something new, and social
media is a new approach to reach security firms.
[33:56] Bringing people with different backgrounds
onto the team, means Greg had to find similar and trustworthy people with great
autonomy and specialized skills.
[38:59] Blake recommends Jan’s Crucible
cross-pollination of military and executive styles.
Greg Adams is passionate about geopolitical risks,
empirical research, data analytics, technology, building a team,
and getting out in the Pacific Northwest. When he’s not building a
great product with the Stabilitas team, or running around in the
mountains, you can find him at Stabilitas.io. Greg has an
undergraduate degree in physics from West Point, and studied
economics and business at Harvard.
After serving in Special Forces, Blake Miles spent
time as a recruiter for the Army National Guard before separating
from the military in 2011. While working toward his bachelor’s
degree, he began his role as Director of Communications for the
Green Beret Foundation, and also began writing for the website,
SOFREP. Blake earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana
University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.