Early Success Stories From a VC With A Bright Future
Tim Flannery, VC & Operator
By, Chris Dessi
I’m a Loyola Greyhound. I take great pride in my alma mater. I enjoy giving back to the Loyola community. The greatest joy for me as of late has been networking with successful graduates. Many live in the New York metropolitan area. Many are forging careers that will help to shape the reputation of our great University. One of those former Loyola students who is moving mountains is Tim Flannery. Tim and I connected via our alumni group. We bonded during a week long trip where my agency curated attendees to an event. Catalyst Creativ and Tony Hsieh’s downtown project set out to bring the best and brightest to downtown Las Vegas. During our time there I learned about Tim’s passion for his job. Tim was already rubbing elbows with some of the most powerful people in New York when we met. Now I seek his advice when investing, or advising start-ups. He’s one of those guys functioning on a higher level. I really enjoy his creative approach to networking, and his laid back demeanor. The guy is an intellectual powerhouse, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Loyola University Maryland. I’m proud to call the guy a friend, and I’m enjoying watching his star rise. He arguably has the best answer to my “how do you define success” question of any interviewee.
Chris Dessi: In 5 years you grew within one of the most known companies in the country, JP Morgan. What gave you the idea to break off and start your own venture and more importantly where did the confidence come from to actually take action on that idea?
- Walk around and ask for more work. My first job at JPMorgan was transferring money between different bank accounts. I only got out of that track by bugging people and asking for stuff to do. I got good exposure and learned a lot.
- Start a blog. It’s how I built up my startup/VC network. I interviewed people. I just cold emailed people I wanted to meet, asked if I could interview them, and most people said yes. Then I asked them for two more people I should meet. Now, I just write about whatever I want.
Chris Dessi: My daughters know that I hate witches – what’s one thing that scares the hell out of you?
Tim Flannery: Heights
Chris Dessi: Best day of your life?
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