Allen spent more than two decades working for others and climbing the corporate ranks where he eventually rose to COO and then CEO. But something was always missing along the way and he often felt fundamentally unhappy, unfulfilled, and ultimately disillusioned. So he ‘quit to start’ more than once on his journey, sometimes well, sometimes not so well. He had successes and he had stumbles. Then with what he learned, he discovered his unique ability to help others believe in themselves, gain the knowledge, and achieve their dream of independence, creativity, and self-actualization.
Allen now teaches entrepreneurship at the University of South Florida and is an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Tampa Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, both nationally ranked entrepreneurship programs. He is a co-founder of one of the largest startup accelerators in the United States and is an advisor to many early stage companies. He is a chair for TIGER 21, the world's premier peer group for ultra high-net-worth entrepreneurs and has been directly involved in helping raise more than $20M in early stage capital for his ventures and others.
He recently published his first book Quit to Start - How to Discover Your Best Idea, Gain the Confidence, and Plan Your Escape, and is dedicated to helping aspiring and early entrepreneurs everywhere realize their fullest potential and achieve their biggest dreams.