Andy Ellwood was born with the gift of gab and raised with an overdeveloped sense of self esteem. Known for his caffeine fueled hustle, he's seen more than his fair share of ups and downs as an entrepreneur. Andy is Cofounder and President of Basket, the first ever grocery business intelligence platform powered by a community of shoppers committed to never over paying for groceries again. Additionally, Andy is an Executive Coach with Velocity Group, one of the most trusted executive coaching firms in New York and Silicon Valley.
A graduate of Texas A&M, Andy quickly learned what life on the front lines of sales looks like, first selling life insurance and then selling private jets for Warren Buffett. He leveraged those lessons and an addiction to innovation into roles leading business development globally for Gowalla through its acquisition by Facebook in 2011 and and then again for Waze through to its acquisition by Google in 2013. Andy is also a cofounder of Bond which was acquired in 2016 by Newell Rubbermaid. These experiences have made Andy a sought after coach, advisor, angel investor, and entrepreneurship advocate. He's an operator that's not afraid to get his hands dirty and brings real world and first hand experience to build what's next.
Andy is a part of the founding team of Exosphere, an global problem solving community headquartered in Spain. Andy leads the Exosphere Foundation’s efforts to prepare people for the creative economy and give scholarships to isolated geniuses and help them find a place to achieve their potential, Exosphere's programs have been taken place on four continents and been attended by more than 1,700 students from 45 different countries since its founding in 2013.
Andy's unique point of view on the world has been seen in publications like CBS, New York Times, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and as a contributor to Forbes since 2012. He is a sought after speaker on the topics of sales, new business development, and our place in the digital world we're creating. Andy has coached executives at companies like Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and Google and served as a consultant on innovation projects at companies such as Absolut, BMW, American Airlines, and perhaps most notably on bringing the entrepreneur’s perspective to Season One of HBO's Silicon Valley.
Andy lives in New York City where he is active in the tech and startup communities. His the immediate past President of the New York Texas A&M Club, the largest alumni club outside of Texas and has been an officer for five years. He is also the founder of the Aggie Venture Community, bringing together Aggies in technology and venture backed companies to strengthen the global Aggie Network of innovators. Andy doesn't slow down much, but when he does he can be found gardening in his West Village backyard or working on his next career as an amateur chef and hosting dinning parties that bringing together Good People for great conversation.