To say that Brandon Tyler Webb is the modern rendition of a classic Renaissance man wouldn’t be far off the mark. He’s been a U.S. Navy SEAL; a successful entrepreneur; a prolific CEO; an experimental aircraft pilot; and a New York Times bestselling author.
Born on June 12, 1974, Webb has the kind of life experiences that could amount to a Hollywood movie or two. While that remains a hypothesis so far, the former Navy SEAL Sniper has had enough chances to tell his story – and he hasn’t held back from laying it all on the table.
What sets Brandon Webb apart from so many entrepreneurs is his candidness, the niceties that exude from his persona, and the very essence of professionalism with which he carries himself. Finding these qualities housed within one successful businessman can come as a challenge these days.
Despite recently aiming for a realistic goal of earning $4 million for his company Hurricane Media, Webb has been the epitome of humility and has been open about his past failures in business as much as he’s been about his success in service.
This makes him a very interesting person to know, not just because of his various successes but also due to his openness to being human and building a successful life amidst any roadblocks.
To learn more about Webb and his inspiring story, let’s begin from the very start of his career.
Brandon Webb – Navy SEAL
Webb joined the U.S. Navy shortly after finishing his high school education. With an aim to become a Navy SEAL, the then-young Webb started off with various demanding tasks that are usually associated with the life of being a Navy SEAL in service.
Through his dedication and hard work, Webb received his first permanent assignment as a helicopter Aircrew Search & Rescue (SAR) swimmer and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator with HS-6.
From there, he didn’t look back and went on to receive approval for his Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) package. The energy and motivation that he showed during his time eventually landed him the opportunity to complete his training as 1 of 23 originals.
With 5 deployments as a Navy SEAL under his belt and one journey to Iraq as a paramilitary contractor, Webb had an array of ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences while in service. Some of his most notable milestones include but are not limited to:
- Serving as the Naval Special Warfare west coast sniper course manager at the Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC).
- Being promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7).
- Receiving the Presidential Unit Citation personally by President George W. Bush
- Receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor in combat.
After over a decade of service, Webb retired from the Navy. That led him to the world of business, where he started a new chapter of success, hardships, and newfound accomplishments in his life.
2006 was a remarkable year for Webb. He had not only bid farewell to his life in the field, but he was now taking on a new challenge to build something from scratch.
He raised around $4 million in investments for his very first venture. However, the business didn’t scale, and Webb isn’t shy to admit that it was not a success.
“I’d, up to that point, had a lot of success in my life, and in the military, and as a SEAL passing one of the toughest selection courses,” Webb said in his interview to Foundr.com.
“It was an extremely humbling experience for me.” He mentioned.
But from there on, he did not let the failure plunge him into despair and keep him from rebuilding his life. After realizing that he had established business partnerships too fast and too soon, he vowed to make the next slew of decisions with a more vigilant approach.
And that was where he conceived the idea of starting SOFREP.com, which later on went to become a news site that catered to Special Ops with a focus on foreign policy and military subjects.
The success of SOFREP.com then nudged Webb to launch Hurricane Media.
Hurricane Media Group is one of the many achievements that Webb has to his name. But this one is special since it’s a one-of-a-kind venture that focuses on being the number one digital man cave on the web. It owns digital resources that will speak to every man including Special Ops and veterans to provide them with experiences tailored to their liking.
Hurricane Media Group has several brands under its umbrella, all of which cater to Spec Ops in a specific way:
- Crate Club, a gear delivery club that has products curated by select Special Ops professionals.
- Loadout Room, a review site that tests outdoor and adventure gear through professionals such as veterans and first responders. This hands-on approach sets it apart from other gear review sites.
- Spec Ops Channel, a subscription video-on-demand channel that has content created and geared towards military and Special Ops.
- News Rep, a news platform that shares stories on topics such as security, financial intelligence, and foreign policy.
- Sofrep Radio, a radio channel that caters to the needs of Special Ops and develops content for them.
- Fighter Sweep, a news platform that focuses on aviation news, covered by pilots.
Through these various outlets, Webb has established Hurricane Media as one of the most popular niche firms in the Special Ops entertainment and content delivery sector.
Webb didn’t stop at being a successful Navy SEAL or entrepreneur but also went on to write his own books.
Among them, The Red Circle: My Life in the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps and How I Trained America’s Deadliest Marksmen had him make his mark on the coveted New York Times Bestseller list.
Some of the other titles penned by Webb include but are not limited to:
- Among Heroes: A U.S. Navy Seal’s True Story of Friendship, Heroism, and the Ultimate Sacrifice
- The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best
- The Killing School: Inside the World’s Deadliest Sniper Program
- The Power of Thought: Core Principles to Overcome Adversity and Achieve Success
Webb also publishes a weekly podcast called The Power of Thought with Brandon Webb.
A Story of Inspiration, Tenacity, and Leadership
Just a glimpse at Webb’s story is enough to provide inspiration and encouragement to aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere. However, the feeling becomes even more profound when you learn more about his life through his books and through the business ventures that he has introduced to the world.
All in all, Webb remains an inspiration and a model of perseverance. With him continuing on his path of business through Hurricane Media, it is very exciting to think of what he will achieve in the next few years.