Venture Capitalist | CEO | Founder
Andrew is a Founding Partner of GrowthX, an pre-Series A venture fund that he started in Silicon Valley with three other go-to-market experts.
GrowthX has sequenced the path to product-market fit to help their founders reduce the time it takes to get investment-ready for their Series A and retain more ownership along their journey.
They partner with accelerators, tech hubs, economic development agencies and co-investors to give their founders that same unfair advantage They do this to generate reliable insights and earn the opportunity to invest.
Andrew has been in the technology sector since 1998, based in New York City, Hong Kong, Singapore, Palo Alto and Nashville.
Andrew began his career in technology as a lawyer for the early Internet pioneers in Search (Alta Vista and Yahoo), AdTech (DoubleClick), SaaS (Salesforce) and others while practicing law. He left private practice at Skadden Arps to join DoubleClick leading up to the Google acquisition and then co-founded a financial news business at Thomson Financial leading to the Reuters acquisition. He then served as Publisher of Reuters News and then Co-Founder and Managing Director of the company’s legal media business in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
In Silicon Valley, Andrew was early at Guidespark, an employee communication SaaS startup, and BrightTalk, a content marketing SaaS startup. He then co-founded GoodMoney to democratize high-performance, values-based investing. During that “wonderful learning opportunity,” Andrew met his current partners and co-founded GrowthX.
Andrew is a Kauffman Fellow, Regional Board Member of Venture for America, and a Mentor at Endeavor, Alchemist Accelerator and Galvanize. Andrew is a visiting lecturer at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management where he teaches two popular multi-day seminars: Entreprenurial Sales and Venture Capital. Andrew received his undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and his law degree from Georgetown University.
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@agoldner co-founder @growthx breaks down why understanding the people you're dealing with will help you move from a transactional mindset to a future mindset.— Draper University (@draper_u) June 17, 2021
Ask yourself how you want to live your and how you want to build your company?#vc #mindset pic.twitter.com/ER1OdfC3Kh
@agoldner and his fantastic team at @growthxhq are mad scientists when I comes to helping high growth founders navigate PMF!— Raechele Gray Smalls (@mzraejgray) July 16, 2021
In this week's episode we sat down and discussed all things go to market. In this clip @agoldner explains how the business landscape is shifting from product development to market development. Take a listen! pic.twitter.com/RIdAJTXG4q— Middle Tech (@middletechpod) January 26, 2021
Thank you @agoldner from @growthxvc for dropping true gems for @gener8tor and @BronzeValley_ accelerator companies today! My major take always about VC (and life tbh): have an abundance mindset and don’t be an asshole.— Haley (@medvedkendrick) November 10, 2020
Excited for next week and spending time with @agoldner as part of @propelict program. His earlier session flipped the light on for me about an IIP (Ideal Investor Profile.) Can't wait to glean more about how to approach investors in these times.— Invisible Agents (@InvisAgents) May 1, 2020
@agoldner is one of the VCs that truly want to have an impact on founders of color and women. Thank you for your tie and wisdom. Best advice today: have a mindset of abundance and not scarcity. Don't be afraid to challenge the status quo. #Facts @growthxvc— Briana DeCuir (@Briana_Decuir) September 25, 2019
The decision to raise venture capital should not be taken lightly. Thankfully, @agoldner, cofounder of @growthxvc, is here for our founders at #BlackFoundersExchange to help navigate the dos and don'ts of acquiring outside capital. pic.twitter.com/rbx2Pzenpy— American Underground (@AmerUnderground) September 25, 2019
We’re kicking off Day 2 of #BVF2019 with a Forum favourite panel session - Engaging the Corporate Strategics! Looking forward to hearing from this lineup of outstanding panelists! @mitsucars @Shell @TELUS @growthxvc pic.twitter.com/Ji8MLDevkg— BVF 2019 (@CapRoad_BVF_CFF) October 4, 2019
Learning a lot from Sean Sheppard and Andrew Goldner from @growthxvc this morning at @spark_centre. Great insights on acceleration based on sales, product-market fit, solving real problems, sustainable transactional models, less "innovation theatre", gov't funding dependencies... pic.twitter.com/d4MxBAyQy9— N100 (@N100startups) October 7, 2019
@agoldner from @growthxvc gave an UNBELIEVABLE session on raising money from VCs and has an AWESOME human centric view of the world ???????????????? It was super cool to see how much they actually care about founders!Thanks so much to @propelict for hosting ❤️#OrderRoomService pic.twitter.com/bVJGN18Qqh — RoomService???? (@RoomServiceHfx) May 29, 2019
“The leading cause of startup failure is founders who exhaust their runway building cool products that don’t solve any market need.” #KineticIN Preach it, @agoldner! pic.twitter.com/IZs2ETZQVY— Brenden Hudson (@TheBHudson) May 2, 2019
Highlight of the day at #KineticIN so far has been the product-market fit discussion from @agoldner from @growthxvc! Great day @ElevateIN!— Olio (@oliohealth) May 2, 2019
Good discussion about finding the right kind of growth as a seed stage startup. Andrew knows his stuff and I love what @growthxvc is doing with their value-add investment strategy https://t.co/XIr93qE3gx— Matt Hunckler (@Hunckler) December 12, 2018
.@agoldner of @growthxvc is dropping wisdom left and right on the dynamics of startups + corporations and founders + funders working together. Check out the Tennessee Tech Census reveal video on our Facebook page. pic.twitter.com/tgoz6BFeML— Powderkeg (@PowderkegCo) November 9, 2018
Interesting read about how to transform corporate innovation into profitable GTM initiatives: https://t.co/8fP4gj7UFU @Reltio can enable this. Thanks @agoldner #digitaltransformation #moderndatamanagement pic.twitter.com/ZGIugco0Sb— Kate Tickner (@katetickner) November 7, 2018
Our first ever guest post 👀@agoldner dropped some golden insights on common mistakes he sees founders make with their pitch decks 📈https://t.co/P7jr3suSqZ— Co.Labs (@colabsyxe) April 1, 2022
On Tuesday, we launched the first 2022 cohort of Scale Up entrepreneurs, including @DiningTek, ZeroCarb, and @Go_Prama! We kicked off with a fantastic workshop by @agoldner from @growthx! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/JXGKU400FX— Raechele Gray Smalls (@mzraejgray) March 4, 2022
"Be less wrong tomorrow, than you are today."— CaseCTRL (@CaseCTRL_) November 10, 2020
"Be a learn-it-all, not a know-it-all."
Thank you to @agoldner, @growthxvc, & @medvedkendrick for a fun talk today as a part of the @gBETAstartups program! #startupecosystem #mentorship
"Invite VC's to join you on your journey. Look for true partners and capture their imaginations."— Daniel Cruz (@DanielJCruz) November 10, 2020
Just got off a great AMA about raising #venturecapital with @agoldner from @growthxvc! These are the types of partners you want on your sidelines #startuplife
@agoldner hosts “Disruption Of Risk Capital” @AngelCapCanada w/ @adeoressi @HelgeSeetzen @AsraNadeem Owen Matthews & Raphael Christian-Roy pic.twitter.com/x3JGwvkjzf— Parm S Gill (@parmsgill) September 26, 2018
????New Podcast Episode???? We speak w/ @agoldner, Co-Founder of @growthxvc about the importance of #entrepreneurs being active in their communities, why core values matter, & how he is helping companies commercialize #innovation. Listen now on iTunes >> https://t.co/NrI6chV7Z2— Antoine Woods Jr (@AntoineWoodsJr) October 11, 2018
???? new episode ????”In Ohio, if your mother started a company and got it to like $5M of ARR, she would be a respected member of the community. In SV, she’d be a failure.” UP00E: Silicon Valley to Nashville // a coffee chat with @agoldner (@growthxvc)https://t.co/8sbCdZOlBt — upside.fm (@upsidefm) September 12, 2018
Just had my mind blown during 1-on-1 w/ the awesome @agoldner of @GrowthXvc talking scaling sales for @Launchpeer #VETCON2017 pic.twitter.com/8RxVxanONG— Jake Hare (@thejakehare) March 24, 2017
Thanks @agoldner for the practical advice & personal touch helping us founders today. Best content we've had so far @galvanize @GrowthX_SF— julian_flores (@julian_flores) April 14, 2016
Attended one of the best marketing workshops by @GrowthXvc at @growatmantle. Thanks @agoldner for the awesome presentation!— FINAIUS (@finaius) July 26, 2017
That was about as good as it gets (@kmilligan24, great capture) Big ups to @agoldner & huge thanks! pic.twitter.com/GK4oHFpYAl— Truck Driver Power (@TruckDriverPowr) July 12, 2017
"It's never a transaction; it's always a relationship." @agoldner, Co-Founder of @growthxvc on #BYBB: https://t.co/LhTtcE7Qfq.— Eric V. Holtzclaw (@eholtzclaw) July 28, 2017
Thanks to @growthxvc's @agoldner for joining us in Memphis! Office hours underway w/ @TruckDriverPowr and the rest of the 2017 cohort pic.twitter.com/gdEvk8wXGd— Start Co. (@Start_Co) July 11, 2017
Thanks @growthxvc partner @agoldner for sharing great insights on "congruency" @TheBunkerLabs pic.twitter.com/TTDLZgzxxa— ToddConnor (@ToddConnor) May 24, 2017
'Silicon Valley doesn't get to own entrepreneurship.' @agoldner of @growthxvc @BunkerLabsNash #RiseOfRest #StartupYall pic.twitter.com/Vj84yNb992— Startup Southerner (@StartupSouthern) May 24, 2017
"Corporate venture capital should knock on every door in the C-Suite" @agoldner dives into how #CVC "can drive corporate innovation and strategically benefit numerous business functions" https://t.co/C9aGNA1FzT— Touchdown Ventures (@touchdown_vc) August 21, 2018
Products and markets are unique, but the path to product-market fit is formulaic. @AGoldner from @growthxvc will share the foolproof formula for generating predictable, profitable and scalable revenue in this hot workshop at #3686Fest. https://t.co/cW0VGCTv9d— 36 I 86 (@3686Fest) August 13, 2018
Wonderful corporate venture capital insights from @agoldner of @growthxvc on helping CVCs help their firms win in the innovation economy #kauffmanfellows pic.twitter.com/4xfCnNiiuU— Kauffman Fellows (@KauffmanFellows) June 27, 2018
Entrepreneurship is about "spreading jobs and prosperity to others." -paraphrasing @agoldner speaking a two weeks ago at #NashvilleEntrepreneurWeek. That stuck with me.— Khrys Hatch (@KhrysHatch) May 30, 2018
Loved this VC 101 event @fiskuniversity planned and supported by my @HBCUvc teammates. Special thanks to @agoldner for coming out and dropping gems for us ????????????????????????#HBCUvc pic.twitter.com/RmQroKmPYG— Jasmin G. Johnson (@jassie_invests) November 14, 2017
Back by popular demand! We had an awesome conversation today with @agoldner of @growthxvc. Can't wait to share with our listeners in an upcoming https://t.co/B9QjxYLnIQ #podcast. #Startups #Entrepreneurship pic.twitter.com/Zl7QGCjOYB— THESTARTUP.com (@thestartupus) January 18, 2018
"I have to make the time to seek diversity out & ask for the opportunity to see startups that don't look like me" @agoldner #TechInclusion pic.twitter.com/SuYhEEzAa1— Melinda Briana Epler (@mbrianaepler) August 29, 2017
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