Who are you and what are you working on now?
My name is Tim Wicker and I have over 30 years of experience as an insurance broker specializing in the financial institutions sector and management liability insurance lines. I am a senior member of Marsh’s national financial institutions industry practice and a senior client executive experienced in leadership of the company’s service teams. I am retiring at the end of this year from Marsh and I’m planning on doing some freelance consulting after taking some time off.
I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and at age 17 left home to attend the University of Chicago on scholarship. My wife and I between us have 4 children and 7 grandchildren aged 3-13.
Why did you choose to invest in upstarts?
The day I saw Upstart mentioned in the news, I went online and found it, and began investing.
I have needed help from a lot of people to make it in my life. Anyone who thinks they can do things purely on their own and through their own efforts is badly mistaken. I have my family, teachers, colleagues and managers to thank for my success and it was natural for me to want to give back.
As I look at the ever-changing panel of Upstarts who are finishing up their education or post-college training, I see people with great potential who are reaching out to me and to the wider world for an endorsement of their ideas, for financial support and for advice.
Have you connected with your upstarts and how?
I’ve connected with a few upstarts over email. We have discussed general career advice and, when asked, I have answered specific questions about their business plans, but often we are simply exchanging updates about our lives and careers. It’s great to see the progress of these upstarts and I look forward to continuing to interact with them in the future.
What is your favorite interaction with your upstart so far?
I think the most enjoyable has been Jordan Waxman because he gave me a detailed plan about his craft beer business and was very enjoyable to interact with. I’m excited for his business, Beer Dreamer, and can tell that he is very passionate and expect that he will be very successful.
How would you describe your experience as an Upstart backer in one sentence?
Investing in Upstart provides me with the opportunity to participate in shaping the future by making small, speculative investments in young people with the ideas, the guts and the energy to take on the world and make a difference in it.