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Learn How Mexicue’s Thomas Kelly Co-Founded a Successful Food Truck and Restaurant with No Culinary Training

Learn How Mexicue’s Thomas Kelly Co-Founded a Successful Food Truck and Restaurant with No Culinary Training - mbaMission

Thomas Kelly, Co-Founder of Mexicue

Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.

Thomas Kelly dove headfirst into the food business with no training as a chef but an immense passion for food. Along with his partner, he established Mexicue, which began as a food truck serving cuisine inspired by Mexican and barbecue food but now also has three restaurant locations. In this episode, Kelly describes his path from the difficult beginning to the profitable present, including these details:

  • How his family and friends reacted when he decided to jump out of the corporate world to start a food truck
  • Why the “stigma of food trucks” gave him a boost of inspiration and defiance
  • How the common misconception that a food truck might be easier to manage than a brick-and-mortar location is, according to Kelly, completely inaccurate

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