Izzy Whitley: How I Built A $30m Business At 28

Publish Date
Monday, 12 June 2023, 8:22AM

On this episode of Between Two Beers we talk to Izzy Whitley.  Izzy is one of New Zealand’s most successful, self-made men under 30. He’s 28, has founded two businesses that do over $30 million a year in revenue and has the world at his feet. But things weren’t always so smooth.  In this episode we work through his incredible rise; from his humble beginnings in Gisborne to leaving home at 16 and dropping out of uni. At the age of 21 he had lost his father to suicide, suffered two heart attacks himself, and was dealing with his trauma, alone, with nothing, in an Auckland hospital. That’s when he had the idea to start Auckland labour hire, by contracting himself out to construction sites. 

The sevens years since have been a whirlwind of success and hard work. Auckland labour hire is now Aotearoa labor hire, with 11 branches around the country and a short-term goal of $100 million in annual revenue. 

Izzy’s story is captivating and his mindset is inspirational. We both left this recording quite blown away. His approach to life, adversity and using his time – is just different... and is probably the most dialled in under 30 we’ve ever spoken too. You’re going to love this one. 

This episode was brought to you from the Export Beer Garden Studio. Enjoy.  

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