Tyler Noyes is a Founder of Kalahari Snacks, a Boston-based meat snack company that is bringing Biltong to the USA. With a background in corporate strategy and a passion for health and fitness, Tyler jumped into the entrepreneurial world by founding his first company, RacePak, an athletic food distributor. While seeking adventure in South Africa racing an Ironman and Ultramarathon, he discovered Biltong, a centuries old South African style of air drying meat with simple ingredients. Inspired by this uncompromised tradition of enjoying food in its simplest form, Tyler saw an opportunity to disrupt a multi-billion dollar industry and founded Kalahari. After getting acquired by a fellow meat snack brand, his role has evolved from a founder of a single brand, to overseeing all innovation / R&D for three brands, and launching a multi product nutrition platform. His free time is spent seeking out endurance races, exploring national parks, getting lost in sci-fi novels, and supporting his New England Patriots
What area(s) of focus would you most like to address with your mentees?
While there are certainly relevant areas such as supply chain, profitability, multi-channel sales strategy, etc. that are relevant, I think my answer would be, “based on my knowledge base, how best can I help in areas of need for mentees?”
How do you plan to structure your monthly meetings?
I prefer casual, free-flowing conversations to better understand a mentee’s needs. However. I am a proponent of having an agenda and structured follow-ups to each meeting to ensure mentees are receiving the support they need as well as bought into doing the follow-up work!
Finally, who would be an ideal mentee for you in this program, given your areas of expertise and experience?
I deeply appreciate and understand that entrepreneurs come from all walks of life and that there isn’t a singular “ideal” mentee. However I personally jive very well with mentees who are humble enough to take critical feedback, smart enough to know what they don’t know, don’t take things too seriously / allow for humor to bleed into even tough conversations, passionate as all hell, and excited about the journey in front of them.