Tim Swindle is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of PaddleSmash, a Pickleball and roundnet hybrid that’s making waves in the backyard game world.
After starting in commercial real estate, Tim pivoted to software where he built and sold a company for 8-figures in 2016. Soon after, Tim moved into the toy and game industry with his card game Utter Nonsense, which he sold to U.S-based PlayMonster for 8x EBITDA. As Pickleball became the fastest-growing sport in North America, Tim rode the momentum, launching PaddleSmash in 2018.
In today’s episode, you’ll hear Tim share lessons from his success with retailers, including tips for negotiating deals, getting your product noticed by decision-makers, and how to stand out on the shelves for shoppers.
You’ll also get an inside look at the creation of PaddleSmash, the reason Tim chose to license the product, and ideas on how to effectively iterate your product during the design phase.
Tim Swindle Tweetables
- “[Venture capital] is like a drug and once you take it, you just need to take more of it.” – Tim Swindle
- “The best negotiating tactic is to tell somebody who wants something really bad, ‘no.’” – Tim Swindle
- “Once you’re in Target, it’s this stamp of approval. And for their competitors, you’re stealing market share from them if they don’t have what Target has. So that just becomes an easy conversation from a sales perspective.” – Tim Swindle
- “Big companies get disrupted from beneath because they’re too stuck in bureaucracy to come up with their own innovative ideas.” – Tim Swindle
- “What you can do is you say no and maybe get a shot later, but you can’t just say yes, perform poorly and get a shot later. If you get your shot and it doesn’t go well, you’re not going to get another chance like that.” – Tim Swindle