Andy Ellwood is a seasoned executive with a life long love of sales and development. Honing his craft as early as his first lemonade stand before eventually moving on to selling private jets, Andy found his true calling in matching companies and partners together. Leading by example, Andy believes the best company cultures are forged in the heat of producing results and overcoming obstacles. At his best when there's no precedent for the product, service, or solution being sold and marketed,
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 the Cofounder and President of Basket, the world’s largest community of shoppers working together to never over pay for groceries again. Leveraging the success Waze had of using a crowd to solve a big data problem, Basket is equipping shoppers to work together the same way drivers did with Waze. This innovative approach to putting the shopper first has disrupted how retailers, manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of groceries and everyday products interact with their customers while also creating a massive data business for Basket. Andy oversees all sales, marketing, partnership, and fundraising for the company while serving as the face of the company at conferences spanning technology, marketing, and grocery around the world.
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.