Andrei Calinescu

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Andrei Calinescu is a Canadian entrepreneur. Andrei started One Life Meals in 2013 and is based in Toronto, Canada.[1]

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One Life Meals


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One Life Meals

Andrei started One Life Meals in 2013. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on One Life Meals?

I started One Life Meals in 2014 and it was pretty much the next logical step in my personal and professional evolution. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2004 (Mechanical & Industrial Engineering) I worked for 5 years in the Pharmaceutical industry.

I moved around and gathered experiences from different departments, including Project Management, Engineering and Operations. I learned a lot during this time about how to manage a new project, create and lead teams, large-scale production, quality assurance and customer service.

> Be very honest and real with yourself and the reason you want to be an entrepreneur. Being interested is not enough, you need to commit.

I left the corporate world in 2009 and made my way into the fitness industry. Health and fitness always resonated with me from an early age. From 2010 to 2012 I worked for a big box gym, where I was in charge of the personal training department. This was another great experience, I got to meet and connect with many clients looking for a better body, a better life. The gym system however focused mainly on training, and not at all on nutrition. As we all know, without dialing in the nutrition, you cannot expect a sustainable transformation.

In 2012 I went on my own, and started training clients privately. We trained and focused on the nutrition as well. Within a few weeks, all my clients started transforming. We knew we were on to something!

My clients were all preparing their meals and it worked great at the beginning. After a couple of months however, most of them started to complain that it took too long to shop, cook and portion their meals every week. They were also getting tired of eating the same meals every day. I didn’t want them to quit so I started considering the idea of preparing their meals myself.

I felt that I could do more. More for them and more for myself. I could offer a more complete solution. I had the operations experience from working in the pharmaceutical industry. I had the nutritional experience from preparing my own meals for many years and from working with my personal training clients. I also knew that the corporate life wasn’t for me. My gut told me to go for it. The plan was to start small, grow organically and learn and improve along the way.

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