52: From Marine to Tech IPO Founder: Bringing a Sense of Mission to Leadership: Bandwidth CEO David Morken

 
David Morken started Bandwidth when he was leaving the Marine Corps 18 years ago, and just took it public on the Nasdaq.

David Morken started Bandwidth when he was leaving the Marine Corps 18 years ago, and just took it public on the Nasdaq.

Hot technology companies tend to be based in Silicon Valley. They tend to be founded by eager undergrads or Harvard or Stanford business school alums. And these days, their leadership tends to lean strongly to the left politically. 

Bandwidth is different.  

Bandwidth is a business communication software company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Co-founder and CEO David Morken served in the Marine Corps and went to law school. And he doesn't hide his Christian faith – while he says he also encourages his employees who have different belief systems to be authentic at work, too. 

Bandwidth had its IPO on the Nasdaq on November 10, the day before Veterans Day and birthday of the Marine Corps. Morken timed it intentionally. The company is worth more than 300 million dollars, and Morken is determined to keep it independent and based in North Carolina. We talked about how the Marines prepared him to be an entrepreneur, why he believes student debt is a drag on the country's future, and how he handles today's divisive culture wars.