Tim Burke
(617) 630-2452

I have been privileged to spend my 24-year professional career investing in branded consumer companies.

I started at Fidelity Investments where I was responsible for analyzing public companies in the Retail and Footwear sectors. I went on to spend 16 years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Rosewood Capital (and its successor firm, Glenbrook), where I had a front row seat in the development of a number of amazing brands. Today, at Castanea, I split my time between identifying new investment opportunities and working with our portfolio companies. I am currently working with Simms Fishing Products, West Coast Fitness, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

I joined Castanea in 2015, returning to Boston where I spent the first 26 years of my life. I would love to say I made the move because I missed snowy winters and rooting for Boston sports teams out loud. But the real reason is that Castanea felt like a unique place. I love that we chase passion, both in our founder partners and in their customers. We also strive for alignment with our teams; ensuring that it exists prior to investing and that it is prioritized throughout the entire relationship.

I received an MBA from Stanford and my undergrad degree from Harvard, where I was fortunate enough to be a member of the 1989 National Championship hockey team. I live in the Boston area with my two young daughters and wife, who overcame their California and Miami roots (respectively) to fall in love with Boston.


Simms Fishing Products manufactures premium waders, outerwear, sportswear, and other technical fishing apparel and accessories.

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Jeni’s is a modern American ice cream company with over 30 scoop shops, growing distribution in top grocery stores across the country, and an online store.

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West Coast Fitness is a leading franchisee of Orangetheory® Fitness, a high intensity group personal training concept.

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