Taco ’bout success: Clovis Young’s Mad Mex revolution


From SoCal beaches to the streets of Darlinghurst, Clovis Young’s journey to becoming a fast food mogul has been a winding one.

Growing up in sunny California, Clovis fell in love with the fresh flavours of Mexican cuisine. But it wasn’t until he ditched his Wall Street job as an equity trader for life down under, that he began his singular mission: to bring fresh Mexican food to Australians. It was a move that would disrupt the local fast food movement with a healthier alternative. Fast forward 13 years later and you can find Mad Mex Fresh Mexican Grills all across the nation.

Episode notes:
  • Clovis’ first act – early foodie memories + creative parents (1m)
  • From Wall Street to Australian taco tycoon – next steps (9m 40s)
  • Business blind spots – a steep learning curve (15m30s)
  • Running a business with your significant other (20m)
  • Bootstrapping, franchising + challenges of moving into new territories (24m30s)
  • How a community-focused approach works best (29m)
  • Resilience tips when coping with business challenges (35m)
  • The power of transparency (40m)

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