Andy specializes in accelerating the foundation and growth of early-stage, mission-driven companies. He has helped start, fund or found more than 25 innovative companies that span enterprise software, analytics, Internet, ecommerce and biotech, and have resulted in two IPOs.
Andy was co-founder and founding CEO of Vertica Systems (acquired by HP). Prior to Vertica, Andy served as a key member of the startup team and the Senior Vice President of Operations and CIO at Infinity Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: INFI). More recently, Andy has served as a founding board member of several startups involved in cloud computing and big data, including Cloudant, CloudSwitch (acquired by Verizon); Firecracker; Goby (acquired by Telenav); Paradigm4; Recorded Future; and Bluefin Labs.
In addition, he is an active seed/angel investor in a number of companies, including Apptegic, Jobfig, SharesPost, Upstart, VoltDB and YAPSTONE. Andy has a particular interest in projects at the intersection of computer science and the life sciences, and a specific passion for cancer drug discovery and development.
Don’t worry that you don’t have a job or any money. Just move to California and go to work for Apple - or even better, find the coolest young video game company and go work for them doing whatever they need. Your passion for computers and software are what you should focus on. Most of your liberal arts classmates don’t know what they love or aren’t capable of taking risks. For whatever reason, you love risk and you have a passion for software - so go do it - NOW! Whatever happens and no matter what crazy situations you get yourself into, never compromise your values. There is no amount of money or recognition that is worth compromising your core values: mutual respect, honesty, compassion, hard work and loyalty.
One last thing: play rugby as much as you can and as often as you can. It will only be a matter of time before you get injured and when you do, you will miss the game that you were born to play more than anything in the world. Enjoy every minute on that pitch.