Who is Tim Berry

A true expert on business planning

Tim Berry

Tim Berry, author of Lean Business Planning, is the best-known and most-respected business plan expert in the world. Do a Google search for “business plan expert” and you’ll find Tim Berry listed first in the organic, unpaid results. Well-known author Pamela Slim, well-known author of  Body of Work and Escape From Cubicle Nation,  dubbed him “the Obi-wan Kenobi of business planning,” and quoted him extensively in her landmark book Escape From Cubicle Nation.

Guy Kawasaki made Tim his Business Plan Expert

Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame, who has been named Journalist of the Year by the U.S. Federal Small Business Administration twice, calls him “the business plan guru” and “father of modern business planning.” Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneur celebrity, chose to interview Berry as his expert on business planning. Entrepreneur.com called Berry its business planning coach for more than 10 years, and still features him regularly on its blogs.

Real-world Entrepreneur, Not Just an Expert

Berry founded Palo Alto Software and built it on his own, without outside investment, to multi-million-dollar sales, profits, and cash flow independence. He’s a leader in a local group of angel investors.  He did business planning for Borland International, a software company that went public in less than four years; for various divisions of Apple Computer for 12 years, and for a collection of clients, large and small for decades.

Author of Books and Software

He’s the author of The Plan as You Go Business Plan and 3 Weeks to Startup published by Entrepreneur Press, and his earlier Hurdle: the Book on Business Planning, although now obsolete, was distributed to more than two million people. He’s also author of Business Plan Pro, the best selling software product for doing a business plan, which was sold to more than two million people.  And he is conceptual author of LivePlan, a browser-based online tool for business planning, which is used by more than 50,000 paying users.

He is also author of half a dozen other books published by Entrepreneur, McGraw-Hill, Dow Jones-Irwin, and others. And he’s been writing on business planning for more than a decade at Entrepreneur, SBA.gov, and other major media.

Stanford MBA and other Degrees

He has a Stanford MBA degree, an MA in Journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, and a BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.

There’s more information about him at timberry.com.

His recent blog posts are consolidated at blog.timberry.com.

And he is a registered member of Mensa.

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