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BirthplaceNew York


Columbia University, MBA 1999
Entrepreneurship and Finance
Cornell University, BA 1993
Psychology and Business

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Andy Russell

In addition to founding Trigger Media in 2011, Andy Russell is an initial member and a partner of Pilot Group, launched in 2003 by Bob Pittman. At Pilot Group, Andy’s responsibilities are focused on digital media investing. Through Pilot Group and other investment vehicles, Andy has been involved with investments including DailyCandy, Thrillist, TastingTable, Ideal Bite, VitalJuice, PureWow, GeekChicDaily, Zynga, Betaworks, Silicon Alley Insider, TrialPay, GroupCommerce, SailThru, RapLeaf, Room77, Huddler, Spongecell, HomeRun, and AdRoll.

Prior to Pilot Group, Andy was the youngest Partner at East River Ventures, where he focused on the Digital Media investment practice from 1999 to 2003. At the age of 26, Andy co-founded the world-renowned restaurant/nightclub MOOMBA, which he sold in 1999.

Andy began his professional career in 1993 as an investment banking analyst and later associate at Chemical Bank (JP Morgan Chase), in the acquisition finance group, financing LBO’s. He received his BA from Cornell University in 1993, and his MBA from Columbia University Business School in 1999.

Andy currently serves on the board of directors of Thrillist, TastingTable, VitalJuice, PureWow, BlueFly, and DailyWorth, as well as the Advisory Board of GroupCommerce, Mercy, and GeekChicDaily. He is also a Digital Media Strategic Advisor to Condé Nast.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
MovableInk 7/2011Series A$1.3M10
Zynga 1/2008Series A$10M11
Rapleaf 6/2006Angel6



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