Get to Know #3: Marti Nyman


Marti Nyman is the Managing Partner and founder of Altavail Partners, LLC, a strategy, growth and innovation consulting practice based in Minneapolis, MN.  Mr. Nyman’s background as a senior business development executive includes over 20 years of successfully creating new growth opportunities for Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries (Energy, Telecommunications, Consumer Retail).  Marti has extensive expertise in strategy development, growth opportunity identification, new venture creation (M&A, Joint Ventures, Strategic Alliances) sales and territory management, operations, relationship development and business execution.

In addition to his work in helping companies develop leading innovation initiatives, he was recently named as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Gary S. Holmes School of Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota.  He has held leadership positions at GE, Ericsson, ADC Telecommunications and Best Buy.  Most recently, he responsible for the formation, launch and growth of Best Buy’s Venture Capital practice.

Mr. Nyman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, with a minor in Materials Science.  He teaches a graduate level course on Corporate Venturing at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and is on the Board of Directors at SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), as well as the Advisory Board of several startup companies.  His work has been covered by a number of national media publications and industry specialists including the Wall St. Journal, Business Week, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune as well as Guy Kawasaki’s highly read blog, How to Change the World.  He blogs at Think.Act.Grow.

We were also joined with fellow MN Entrepreneur Casey Allen. Mr. Allen is in the early process of starting his sixth company, OpenSwipe, an online company that connects credit card processors and business owners.  He’s passionate about seeing exciting stuff happening in the Twin Cities that can get people thinking:  “Hey, this is a great area to launch a tech startup!”

Our thoughts exactly…enjoy the show!


  • Casey Allen

    The thing I like about Marti’s answers is that he’s the perfect blend of “big picture” and the guy who can give a detailed, helpful answer. Makes for a phenomenal interviewer.

    Appreciate you taking the time, Marti. Well done Jeff, and thanks for letting me co-pilot.