#011: How the Man With A Van built a unique brand - Tim Bishop

By Jordan Michaelides
April 26, 2017

Tim Bishop

Image: Tim Bishop, Herald Sun

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Tim Bishop ( ManWithAVan ) is the original Man With A Van. Tim is a brilliant entrepreneur, the type who knows how to build a quality experience. So much is lost amongst all this startup hype in the modern era, and it’s people like Tim who show that what it takes to build an exceptional business - to continually improve and not let technology define your progression, instead, focusing on the product.

This episode is required learning for any wannabe entrepreneurs, new business owners or frankly corporate executives. Tim distills valuable lessons on building a simple and invaluable product to a unique market. In this episode we covered:

  • Lessons learnt from his parents/growing up
  • How the Man With A Van came about
  • ‘Ubering’ the delivery model
  • Behind the name - the power of branding
  • Tech startups vs quality businesses
  • Dealing with dark periods in the business
  • How he deals with stress
  • Why he won’t ever be bored of his business
  • Thinking of success: third person who comes to mind

Enjoy the episode,

Jordan & Lauren

Show Notes

  • Bio and background {04:10}
  • Lessons learnt from his parents/growing up {05:20}
  • How the Man With A Van came about {14:07}
  • Would he do things differently, knowing what he knows now? {24:45}
  • If he had to teach a class of entrepreneurs, how would he do it? {30:05}
  • Does he have a ‘toolkit’ he relies on? {31:20}
  • ‘Ubering’ the delivery model {37:45}
  • Behind the name - the power of branding {40:55}
  • Tech startups vs quality businesses {48:37}
  • Dealing with dark periods in the business {01:02:53}
  • How he deals with stress {01:06:23}
  • Why he won’t ever be bored of his business {01:09:33}
  • Thinking of success: third person who comes to mind {01:11:09}
  • Morning routine {01:12:40}
  • Best purchase under $200 in the last year {01:13:40}
  • Most influential book he’s read {01:15:13}
  • If he had a billboard anywhere, where would it be and what would it say? {01:16:10}
  • If he did a TED talk, what would it be on (if not on his business)? {01:17:23}
  • An insight that seems obvious to him, but not to others {01:18:43}
  • Something he’s most proud of {01:21:35}
  • Favourite podcasts {01:24:00}
  • Current playlist {01:25:40}

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