Born with the gift of gab, raised with an overdeveloped self esteem, Andy Ellwood has built a career around both the art and the science of hustle.

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 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?

gtrot: Featured Traveler – Andy Ellwood

Luxury Daily: Luxury Brands and LBS

AdAge: Helping Kids: Frigidaire, Gowalla Push Better Eating – Monster Thinkers Spotlight

@Mays Magazine – Start Something, The Philanthropreneur

Variety - Location Site Track TV Brands

Mashable - HOW TO: Start Marketing with Gowalla

ClickZ: Gowalla on Geo-Social Marketing (Video)

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

Market Watch – Southwest Airlines Goes with Gowalla at Sundance Film Festival

New York Times – Gowalla Goes to Disneyland

Fast Company – Disney Teams with Gowalla

Tech Crunch – Welcome to the Magic

NPR - We’re Aren’t About Coupons

PBS - Location and the 2010 Elections

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