HST026 Internal Stigma with David Smith

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David is currently the CMO at Dogu, a Norwegian SaaS start-up. In addition to his roles in sales and marketing, he enjoys volunteering, speaking and working with veterans. He has served in combat with the US Marines, worked on Wall Street, led international disaster response teams and conducted humanitarian missions around the world.

In his free time, he’s an avid athlete, outdoorsman and volunteer with travel to over 50 countries on 6 continents. His passions include leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and strategy.


  • David’s military experience, including action in Najaf and Karballah
  • Adrenaline seeking after leaving the military
  • The urge to continue to carry a “sword and shield” even when its not necessary
  • Not understanding what’s happening, psychologically, after leaving the military
  • Clay Hunt and his influence on David’s decision to start talking about mental health
  • Overcoming stigma to talk about mental health


David’s LinkedIn Profile

Warrior Wellness Alliance

Sebastian Junger’s book Tribe

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