CXO Conversation Podcast

From Soldier to Statesman and Venture Capitalist

From Soldier to Statesman and Venture Capitalist: Patrick J. Murphy’s Journey

In this episode, we are thrilled to have The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy, a man whose life story reads like an adventure novel, yet it’s a testament to the power of resilience, versatility, and purpose-driven leadership.

Patrick J. Murphy’s career is a mosaic of service and leadership. His journey from being a U.S. Army officer to serving as a congressman, and later the 32nd undersecretary of the Navy, is nothing short of inspiring. Today, he stands at the forefront of the venture capital world, passionately leading Stoney Lonesome Group, a firm dedicated to elevating veteran-owned businesses.

Murphy opens up about his unique leadership philosophy in this episode. It’s a blend of confidence, humility, and empathy – qualities he honed in the crucible of military service and polished in the corridors of Congress. His story is a masterclass in how to lead with both courage and compassion, making tough decisions while always prioritizing the well-being of his team.

But Murphy’s journey hasn’t just been about his ascent. It’s also about the transitions he navigated, such as moving into television with MSNBC. Here, he not only lent his voice to critical issues like veteran unemployment but also became an advocate for equality in the military, demonstrating how true leadership extends beyond one’s immediate sphere.

As we delve deeper into the episode, Murphy enlightens us about his venture into the world of venture capitalism, focusing on supporting veteran entrepreneurs. His insights into the challenges and realities of entrepreneurship are invaluable, especially his emphasis on the crucial traits for successful business leaders. Murphy’s narrative offers a blueprint for emerging leaders, highlighting the importance of a growth mindset, the essence of grit, and inclusive leadership.

This episode of “CXO Conversations” is more than just a recounting of Patrick’s achievements. It’s a source of powerful lessons and an invitation to embrace the art of leading with purpose and passion. As you listen to Murphy and Mitchel, you’ll find yourself inspired by a life story that’s far from ordinary – a journey marked by relentless pursuit and impactful service.

Join us in this enthralling episode of “CXO Conversations” and be prepared to be inspired by Patrick J. Murphy’s remarkable journey from the battlefields to the boardrooms, a journey that redefines what it means to be a leader in today’s dynamic world.


  • 🎤 Introduction (00:00:00
  • 🛣️ Patrick Murphy’s Diverse Career (00:00:45)
  • 🏅 Veteran Entrepreneurship (00:01:05)
  • ❤️ Passion for Making a Difference (00:02:20)
  • 🚀 Challenges in Business Ventures (00:04:47)
  • 🗳️ Public Service and Politics (00:09:40)
  • 🏛️ Decision to Run for Congress (00:10:55)
  • 📺 Murphy’s Transition to MSNBC (00:11:26)
  • 🎙️ Media Appearances and Public Speaking (00:13:00)
  • 🎥 First Day Hosting Own Show (00:14:48)
  • 💼 Veteran Entrepreneurship and Investment (00:19:33)
  • 🔑 Key Takeaways for Emerging Leaders (00:25:37)
  • 🌈 Career Reflection and Lessons Learned (00:27:30)


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Explore Patrick J. Murphy's inspiring journey from U.S. Army officer to congressman and venture capitalist in this episode of 'CXO Conversations' with host Michael Mitchel. Gain insights into Murphy's unique leadership philosophy and his role at Stoney Lonesome Group, supporting veteran-owned businesses.