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 currently Cofounder and President of Basket, a community of shoppers committed to never over paying for groceries again.
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 holding company Newell Rubbermaid. These experiences have made Andy a sought after advisor and angel investor for his reputation as an operator that brings real world first hand experience to the companies that he works with.
Andy is a part of the founding team of Exosphere, an global problem solving community headquarter in Florianopolis, Brazil. Focused on incubating people, then solutions, Exosphere's programs have been attended by more than 1200 innovators 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, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and as a contributor to Forbes. 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 consulted companies such as Absolut, BMW, American Airlines, and, most recently, HBO's Silicon Valley on the mindset and philosophies of current start-up culture and entrepreneurship.