Small businesses play a critical role in ensuring our military has the technology needed to protect our country in an increasingly complex threat landscape. In order to do that, these businesses and innovators need access to safe financial resources. That’s where folks like David Coghlan come in.
David is an intelligence analyst on U.Group’s Trusted Capital Markets team. He helps the Department of Defense support home-grown innovators in critical defense industries by identifying domestic and friendly capital providers to invest in them. In so doing, U.Group’s Trusted Capital Markets team helps to ensure defense supply chains are robust and free from malign influence. Read on to learn some more about David in this month’s 7 Questions.
Describe what you do at U.Group in 3 words or less.
DC: Actualize customer’s vision.
How did you discover your passion for business intelligence?
DC: To begin with, U.Group’s application of business intelligence is important, timely work. If the work wasn’t important, I wouldn’t have a passion for it. Beyond that, business intelligence is a rare combination of functional and regional areas that interest me: Asia, intelligence analysis, and economics. These have been my pursuits for most of my adult life.
Do your intelligence analysis skills/preferences trickle into other aspects of your life, besides work?
DC: Oh, certainly. One area is over the poker table. To be any good, a poker player has to understand player tendencies, game theory and statistics, at least intuitively. They also have to be a student of human behavior. These are all intelligence analysis skills.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen or read lately?
DC: I have subscribed to The Economist for over two decades. Although I enjoy reading other material, if anyone were to read just The Economist, he could legitimately claim to be well-informed. It is simply the world’s best weekly news magazine.
Before working at U.Group, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
DC: Easily my assignment at the Defense Attaché Office in Jakarta was the most interesting. The country and work environment were so dynamic, every day was something new. The assignment defined who I am today. I can literally trace everything that’s happened to me, personally and professionally, to my assignment there.
What is something few people know about you?
DC: On a lark, I took up Uber driving for about a year. This was the second most unusual or interesting job I’ve ever had (before working at U.Group).
Where is your favorite place in the world, and why?
DC: Next to the woman I love but, since that’s exclusive territory, I’d say the south island of New Zealand. It’s so beautiful and so serene, yet with so many interesting things to do that I never wanted come home from my vacation there.