TGM Classic | Andrew Bustamante | From CIA Operative to CEO

In today’s episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with someone who has created resources to do just that! Andrew Bustamante is a former covert CIA intelligence officer, decorated military combat veteran, and Fortune 10 corporate advisor. Having led human and technical intelligence operations for corporate and government clients for over 20 years, Andrew launched, the first online platform designed to teach elite spy skills to everyone. 

In this episode, Andrew and I talked about:

  • How Andrew’s life shifted from that of a normal guy to that of an ‘accidental spy’
  • Why MISinformation and DISinformation are two distinct and different concepts
  • What inspired Andrew to create EverydaySpy
  • And other topics…

Meet Andrew:

Andrew Bustamante, a former undercover CIA intelligence officer and highly decorated military veteran with wartime experience, is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. Following his 15-year commitment to national service, Andrew excelled in the corporate world, focusing on human and technical operations, and quickly ascended the ranks, ultimately becoming a successful advisor within a Fortune 10 company.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at

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