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?
There are a number of key areas to address depending on the entrepreneur and the needs of the business. But I’d love to share my lessons learned across Go-to-Market Strategy, Digital Marketing, Sales, Ops, Supply Chain, Fundraising and Innovation.
How do you plan to structure your monthly meetings?
I’ve generally found that the best method to ensure thoughtful discussion and meaningful value add is simply requiring a set agenda sent in advance of each meeting at least a few days before our call. This will list out topics they want to cover, key questions etc. Post meeting, a recap full of action items / ownership is submitted.
Finally, who would be an ideal mentee for you in this program, given your areas of expertise and experience?
An ideal mentee is someone who is actually looking for help and not just checking a box! Some of the best mentees are those that are humble yet hungry. Eager to learn but firm in their own confidence about the path they have chosen. Hard charging but understand how to laugh through the craziness!