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About TYLER TYSDAL
About Tyler Tysdal
Tyler T. Tysdal is a lifelong entrepreneur who first discovered the joys and challenges of self-employment at the age of 14. Tyler Tysdal was a collector and trader of baseball cards and his budding entrepreneurial spirit spurred him to create Triple T’s Sports Collectibles, a national mail-order trading card and memorabilia business that found a wide audience through ads in trade magazines. While market inefficiencies were numerous in this pre-internet era, a young Tyler Tysdal experienced his first big business win with $14,000 a month of profit result. A lot of money for 14. It hit him during a ride with his mom to the post office to mail dozens of card shipments: He would likely be an entrepreneur and investor the rest of his career.
Fast forward 30 years and Tysdal’s early prediction of lifelong self employment has never been more accurate. As a co-founder and managing director of Denver-based, Freedom Factory, Tysdal now helps fellow entrepreneurs throughout the United States sell their businesses for maximum value when they are ready to move on to their version of freedom in their life. At Freedom Factory, Tysdal can now put his decades of experience as an operator, investment banker, SEC expert, and private equity fund investor to use on behalf of fellow entrepreneurs following his same path. Possessing experience with more than 50 companies and their exits, Tyler Tysdal is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. He knows the hurdles business owners overcome, the worries that keep them up at night and the triumphs that carry them forward – because he has experienced them, too.
Ty Tysdal developed his credentials by paying his dues (and paying attention) along the way. He entered investment banking after earning a degree in finance from Georgetown University. While working at Alex. Brown & Sons, Tysdal primarily worked on mergers and acquisitions (buying and selling companies) and raising equity and debt capital for businesses, including taking them public through the Initial Public Offering (IPO) process. As an investment banker, Tysdal recalls sitting across the table from founders and CEOs of some of the world’s most famous companies and wishing he were in their place. He learned the intricacies of financial modeling, valuations and how to market companies for capital. But he also learned there was frequently a disconnect between investment bankers and the entrepreneurs. Bankers very rarely experience the fear of missing payroll or other all-too-often concerns of business owners. Through this experience, Tysdal learned he wanted to be the entrepreneur not the banker.
Following investment banking, Tysdal pursued a formal business education by attending Harvard Business School (HBS) to pursue his Masters of Business Administration (MBA). As an entrepreneur to his core, Tysdal stood out among his classmates. He recognizes today that you do not need an MBA from Harvard to be a successful entrepreneur, but he values the inspiration he received from his brilliant peers at the school, and the education helped propel his entrepreneurial pursuits and build his knowledge base to help other entrepreneurs.
With his experience in investment, his business degree in hand and his entrepreneurial spirit, Tyler Tysdal set out to put his business acumen to the test. Over the years he formed or funded dozens of companies that run the gamut from innovative to ambitious, including:
- A network of acute care healthcare clinics established within Walmart stores.
- A company focused on providing storage lots for recreational vehicles.
- A sports luxury suite club that leased suites in professional sports venues.
- An organic fertilizer company that broke the technology code for organic farming and expanded across the eastern United States.
- A business that combined quality home bedding with a visionary social mission to “end bedlessness” by donating a mattress to in-need populations for every ten mattresses the company sold.
Over the years, Tysdal has been an owner and managing partner of private equity and venture capital firms, and has worked as an entrepreneur raising capital for his own companies at times. He began his career in investment banking working on Initial Public Offerings (IPO’s) and mergers and acquisitions. Ty Tysdal has worked on the buy-side, the sell-side and as an agent in deals for businesses ranging from $100,000 to more than $1 billion. As an investor, Tysdal has managed assets and financially backed multiple other entrepreneurs. He’s managed or co-managed approximately $1.7 billion for ultra-wealthy families and has helped create hundreds of millions in wealth for his private equity investors.
In the end, however, it all comes down to entrepreneurship for Tyler Tysdal. He recognizes that self starters create jobs and create wealth – and they stand as the single largest generator of economic success across the United States and in global markets. Tysdal’s passion in business results in two main themes: 1) He loves Entrepreneurs. We earn it!; and 2) He loves helping fellow entrepreneurs realize their financial and personal goals by selling their business for maximum value, often for the biggest check of their life.
For Tyler Tysdal, his love of entrepreneurship is as strong today as it was during that ride to the post office with his mother so many years ago. He wants to “free the entrepreneurs” as his own experience has freed him throughout his life. When he is not meeting with business owners or talking to prospective business buyers, Tysdal spends time with his wife, Natalie, and their three children.