|Harvard Business School, MBA||1993|
|Harvard University, BA|
|East Asian Studies / Economics|
As Co-Founder and Executive Managing Director of Globespan, Andy sources new investment opportunities, evaluates and negotiates investments, and serves on the boards of portfolio companies. The prestigious Forbes Midas List has recognized Andy as one of the Top 100 Technology Deal Makers in 2006 and 2007 (with a ranking of 60 in 2007). He was also included on Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 List in 2007. Most recently, Andy was recognized on the 2009 AlwaysOn Top 100 Venture Capitalist list and the 2010 AlwaysOn Top 50 Venture Capitalist East list.
Andy serves on the boards of Open Mile, Optaros, Overture Networks and PerkStreet Financial.
He also is an observer on the board of GlassHouse Technologies. Andy previously led or served on the board for the team’s investments in Akorri (acquired by NetApp), Aptis Communications (acquired by Nortel Networks), Argon (acquired by Siemens), Cerulean Technology (acquired by Aether), Covergence (acquired by Acme Packet), eDocs (acquired by Siebel), Idiom Technologies (acquired by SDL Enterprise Technologies), m-Qube (acquired by VeriSign), Net Perceptions (NASDAQ:NETP), Ocular Networks (acquired by Tellabs), Pirus Networks (acquired by Sun Microsystems), Quattro Wireless (acquired by Apple), Silknet (NASDAQ:SILK), ShoreTel (NASDAQ:SHOR), Vericept Corporation (acquired by Trustwave) and Virtusa (NASDAQ:VRTU).
Andy was the Senior Managing Director of JAFCO Ventures, where he opened the Boston office in 1997. He built JAFCO’s presence on the east coast and, along with Barry Schiffman, led the seamless transition and spinout of Globespan Capital from JAFCO Ventures in 2003.
Prior to JAFCO, Andy founded and directed Trans National Group’s venture investing, TN Ventures, where he negotiated TN’s investment in Infoseek (NASDAQ:SEEK), Interzine (acquired by TimesMirror), Tickle (acquired by Monster; NADAQ:MNST) and International Data Response Corporation (acquired by Telespectrum, NASDAQ:TLSP). Andy was also integral in the sale, to MBNA, of TNFS, one of the largest credit card origination companies in the U.S.
Earlier in his career, Andy worked in corporate development at Kikkoman Corporation’s headquarters in Japan. He was responsible for identifying new business opportunities in the Japanese market and ultimately founded and expanded Kikkoman’s health club business. He also worked at Booz-Allen & Hamilton in the Marketing Intensive Group and at OPTA Food Ingredients.
Andy got his first taste of entrepreneurship and venture capital while at Phillips Exeter Academy. He started a Cookie of the Week business and baked over 1,000 cookies weekly. Today at Globespan, he enjoys “helping to make the imagined, possible.” He does so by building productive relationships with the firm’s entrepreneurs, “by being a good listener, providing space and not interfering.” Andy also knows that working as a team, going slower to go faster, is critical to reach the important, value-building milestones for a company.
Andy earned an AB degree in East Asian Studies and Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College and an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. Andy serves on the Board of Trustees of Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and is a National Commissioner for the Anti-Defamation league. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. He enjoys playing squash, tennis and golf.