Today I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tim Calise, who is a business coach, investor, and advisor to over 15 privately held businesses with annual revenues from $250,000 to $10,000,000+. Tim’s background is really unique but his story and experience lends practical advice no matter where you are in your business journey. In our conversation we talked through how Tim got started in the business world and looked at some of the most interesting parts of his career. From starting a campus snack delivery service and then raising over $325 million for a hedge fund in his early twenties to working for years as the VP of business development at gym launch, Tim has experience in many aspects of the business and truly understands what a business needs to be successful.
One of the things that Tim is really interested in is the concept of non linear functions and growth in business and helping others apply this to their businesses. In the last few years, Tim has turned his attention to partnering with businesses with revenue under 3 million per year to help them double their revenue and quadruple their cash flow within 24 months. Tim shared that having conversations with business owners and helping them problem solve is really what gets him excited. Tim’s expansive knowledge of the business world – everything from marketing to franchising to selling – means that you will almost certainly gain something of value from listening to our conversation.
Tim Calise is a serial entrepreneur, husband, father, and avid Formula 1 fan. Today he’s a business coach, investor, and advisor to over 15 privately held businesses with annual revenues from $250,000 to $10,000,000+. By age 21, he had started two companies out of his apartment – a textbook exchange business and a late night snack delivery service. At 23, he had raised over $325mm for a hedge fund and had access to a $1b+ line of credit – then gave it all back in advance of what became the 2008 stock market crash. He spent the last 10 years as a founder, consultant, and “Director of Everything” When there was a messy problem to be solved, he was the guy to do it. Now Tim wants to “pass on the torch” by helping someone else get there in half the time — with fewer scars and horror stories.
In this episode, we’ll cover:
- Tim’s background and exposure to business as a kid
- Tim’s college businesses and his first lessons in business
- Tim’s start in the investment world
- Non-linear growth in business
- Knowing which stage in a business you’re best at
- Tim’s business journey post 2008
- Gym Launch’s unique business model
- What Tim wishes he knew from the beginning
- Tim’s mindset shift from the beginning to now
- Your business needs a storyteller
- Why Tim loves partnering with smaller businesses
- The problem with big consulting firms
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