Tim Crown

Tim Crown

Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board


Insight Enterprises

Tempe, AZ USA


Be tenacious because you will have to accept failure over and over again—accept that things will never go as you think they are. The good news is once you overcome a significant challenge, all challenges after that seem easy.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Worked in corporate America right out of college, but eventually began to realize he had a passion for starting companies—says it took him until he was 30 to realize he was an entrepreneur.
Moved to Phoenix and started a company with his brother called Insight Enterprises.
They decided to take out a $500 ad in the newspaper advertising a 20MB hard drive for $30 less than the competition—had a goal of selling 50 hard drives, but ended up selling over 200.
Over the next 10 years, the company continued to grow, reaching over $1 billion in sales.
For the first 4-5 years, he worked every day and never took a day off; his focus on ensuring the company's success is what excited him and pushed him forward.
He admits that they were not experts at anything, but instead embraced the value of making mistakes.
He says one of the core attributes of an entrepreneur is tenacity; you have to be able to accept failure, learn from it, and be willing to invent your own path to success.
Describes life as a collage—encourages people to go out and get as many random experiences as possible so that you have all the pieces to create the life you want.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
University of Kansas
Bachelor
Computer Science
University of Kansas

Career

Co-Founder/Chairman of the Board

I am a leader, an investor, and a strategic thinker who loves helping companies grow.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Entrepreneurship
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I help companies grow in the areas of strategic planning, technology management, operations, and finance. I spend my days researching new business opportunities and encouraging companies to take risks. It's a lot of emails, phone calls, and thinking outside of the box.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be tenacious and willing to accept failure. Learning from your mistakes and keeping a positive attitude will enable you to figure out what works and what doesn't.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Go out and get as many random experiences as you can. Life is a collage of experiences and the more diverse the better off you will be.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Don't quit your job! Why would you give up security and stability?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial