Hey, I'm Andy!

I advise startups on growth & strategy, teach an online course on how to build and launch innovative software products, and I also write about mental health from 10+ years of managing my own mental health conditions.

I've also been fortunate to be a part of 8 startups each worth more than a billion dollars. I was an early employee at Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and Wealthfront. In addition to that I've advised several startups and venture capital firms such as Opendoor, Poshmark, Unusual Ventures, and Homebrew Ventures. I also occasionally invest in companies such as Robinhood, Webflow, and Reforge.

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Popular Essays

When I have the time, I also like to write a lot. Sometimes it's about startups and how to grow them. Other times it's about mental health and what we can do to manage our own mind and emotions in order to live more peacefully.

How startups can grow with a thoughtful combination of optimization and innovation.

How startups can grow with a thoughtful combination of optimization and innovation.

How startups can grow with a thoughtful combination of optimization and innovation.

How to create an engine of user-generated content when building online communities.

My Beliefs

Life is too short to work with assholes or to do work solely for the purpose of making money. There are plenty of talented nice people that you can work with. A big paycheck is more likely to imprison you than set you free.

If you insist on playing the career success game, play it to win it so that you can be free of it. Don't play it to win it so that you can earn approval from others or remain trapped in it.

There are a few things you need in life to be wealthy -- physical health, mental stillness, loving relationships, and responsibilities that give you clear purpose.

When confronted with an important decision in life, remind yourself to always choose the path towards love. Whether that's love for yourself or love for others, always move towards love. You'll find fulfillment and peace when you do.

Find your tribe. Connect with others. Return to nature. Go outside. Get dirty. Do purposeful work. Don't be a drone. Be active. Eat clean. Tame your mind.

My favorite quote is from Carl Jung and it reads, "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." I live by the insights contained in this simple statement.