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How a New Couple Built A $5M Business with Jess Davis & Tyson Hoffmann

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From one week into a relationship into the fast-growing food franchise taking over Australia

Can you imagine starting a business with little to no business experience with your partner just one week into your relationship?! That's exactly what one of our Accelerate Members at The Entourage did in 2018. Business and life partners, Jess Davis, a former model, and Tyson Hoffmann, ex-professional basketball player, co-founded Mr Potato, a healthy fast food chain in Adelaide and since then, they've built it into a $5 million empire that's fast-tracking it across Australia, and eventually, the world.
This 'Making It Happen with Members' bonus episode for Season 3 of The Make It Happen Show is where we feature a spotlight onto some of the incredible business journeys of our Members at The Entourage. Sharing exactly how they've made it happen with our help, you'll get to hear from business owners who've been through the same challenges you have, how they've navigated through those challenges to success, and how you can make it happen too.

Hear how this couple was able to make it work in business just one week into the relationship, going from working 100 hours a week to now aiming to get to 200 franchises up in 3 years. A raw and authentic look into business owners just like you, this is not one to miss. Check it out.

Questions asked in this episode:

  • 0:55 - Introducing Jess Davis & Tyson Hoffmann
  • 1:30 - You were 1 week into your fresh relationship as a couple. While that's already an interesting journey to navigate you decided to start Mr Potato as well. How was that navigating not just your relationship as partners but as business owners?
  • 7:17 - Do you think it was also the excitement of a new relationship as well that wanted you to succeed in business?
  • 8:35 - How did you figure out your working relationships as co-founders so early in the piece and make that work as the business scaled?
  • 11:11 - What advice would you have for the business owners out there who they're struggling to find that groove in a business relationship?
  • 12:58 - How many franchises do you have now?
  • 17XXXX - What were some of the challenges in the business that brought you to The Entourage?
  • 20:20 - You joined about a year ago, what have been some of the main results or changes you've seen since joining The Entourage?
  • 22:20 - How has The Entourage helped with your journey from one Mr Potato to expanding into franchises now?


In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why not having a Plan B could benefit you as a startup
  • The importance of systems and procedures
  • How to play to your strengths in a business partnership
  • The benefits of joining a business community
  • How to balance a business and life relationship together
  • And more!
Headshot of Jess Davis and Tyson Hoffmann on The Make It Happen Show

"It's been really important for us to know what our roles are and to not switch lanes, try to take over from the other person. It's been amazing because we get to work on our own strength."

— Tyson Hoffmann




Great insight for business owners and super practical takeaways!

Bruce Casanovic

Amazing guests, great insights into their journey and what has helped make their businesses successful. Great to hear how some of the guests have navigated challenge as well. Loads of good practice takeaways.

Perfect for the Monday commute


Great to listen to on the commute to work on Monday mornings. Great content, well delivered and plenty of insights from industry leaders in a variety of fields. Good to see the entourage getting out there with a podcast series

Top-shelf guests. Top-shelf conversations.


This is so awesome, so helpful, and so fresh. Right from the get-go, the team at The Entourage have brought out the big names in the Aussie entrepreneur and business space to have conversations that every business owner should listen to. I can't wait to see who they bring on next.

Amazing guests


Loved the episode with Tim Fung, Airtasker CEO! You guys are getting some awesome guests in! Thank you!

Entourage on point again!

Adz Rodger

Great content again from The Entourage! Particularly like the 1st episode and the points Tim Fung made about making sure you make time to map out the future and don't get stuck on day to day 'work', as well as the observation that you really need to be strategic about your people management and not just try to save money. Two awesome take homes I have already taken action on!

For entrepreneurs and non-trepeneurs alike


Well this was one of the best things I’ve heard in a while. I’m by no means the target demographic, having zero business or entrepreneurial experience at all. Luckily the advice given for business growth and success is remarkably applicable to personal growth and success. Loved the conversational style, by the end of the podcast I felt like I knew both Tims personally, which is a great mark of engagement. And I loved hearing about the humble beginnings of Airtasker from the founder himself. Give this a listen if you’re craving a bit of personal or professional inspiration.


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