A native of Dallas, TX, Andy studied Finance at Texas A&M University. After achieving national recognition for his early career work selling life insurance, Andy moved on to cold calling billionaires while working for Warren Buffet’s private jet company. From those disparate roles, Andy took on the task of leading global business development for Gowalla until their 2011 acquisition by Facebook. He played a similar role shortly there after with Waze until their acquisition by Google in 2013.
Andy lives in New York and thrives on the city that doesn’t sleep. When he’s not pushing forward on the front lines of innovation and big ideas, he can be found sharing his observations and experiences in his column on Forbes, with growing companies where he serves as an Advisor, or anyone who is willing to listen.
Even though he doesn’t slow down much, when he does, he enjoys black coffee, sporting a pocket square, and doing his best to keep up with his better half Annie, National Geographic’s Urban Insider. Keep track of his latest adventures on www.andyellwood.com and on Twitter: @andyellwood.
Recent contributions by Andy Ellwood:
Forbes: Before You Need It
CMO Council: Localize to Optimize Sales Channel Effectiveness
Crowdshifter Blog: To Get To The Other Side
Huffington Post: Going Amish
Mays Business School Online: The Sole of Business
The Case Foundation: Giving Back with Gifts to Go
The Hamptons Magazine: The Giving Spirit
Huffington Post: Sanity Blog
Recent press for Andy Ellwood:
New York Times DealBook: In Silicon Valley, the Ripe Scent of New Money
Social Fresh: Location Based Marketing: 2011 Retrospective
Huffington Post: Gowalla Tells a Story
Travelllll: Gowalla 4.0 – The Social Travel App
Eye For Travel: Inspiring Travelers in Real Time
Matador Network: What’s In Your Backpack, Andy Ellwood?
Luxury Daily: Luxury Brands and LBS
Monster.com – Monster Thinkers Spotlight
@Mays Magazine – Start Something, The Philanthropreneur
Variety - Location Site Track TV Brands
Mashable - HOW TO: Start Marketing with Gowalla
Hotel Marketing Strategies: Top opportunities and misconceptions for Location Based Services
Mays Business School Online: Philanthropreneurship
Eye For Travel: Location Based Services and the Travel Industry
Mashable – Gowalla Teams Up with Sundance Film Festival
New York Times – Gowalla Goes to Disneyland
Fast Company – Disney Teams with Gowalla
Tech Crunch – Welcome to the Magic
CNBC - Tracking Your Every Move
Mobile Marketer - TOMS Shoe enlists mobile to promote millionth pair donated.
Huffington Post - Andy Ellwood: Prestige Companies and Geolocal Targeting
USA TODAY - USA TODAY Travel, now on Gowalla
Aviation International News - People in Aviation
Dallas Business Journal - Executives on the Move
Park Cities People - Destination: The World
Texas Aggie Magazine - Aggie Network News
Young Money Magazine - Top 10 Internships