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Andrew     Andrew writes this blog – But who is this guy?

Bio & Background

Andrew is the founder of Advisor Garage. Andrew Ive has a passion for entrepreneurialism and small business. Most recently Andrew served on the Board of the Small Business Council of the Department of Trade and Industry which advised the Government of the United Kingdom on entrepreneurial matters. Andrew also has a product he created in the permanent exhibition of New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

As the CEO/founder of three companies in the United States and the United Kingdom, Andrew has developed a deep appreciation for the challenges and joy of being an entrepreneur. His first company X-IT Products was named one of United States ‘Top 10 Start-ups in 1999′ by a top Entrepreneurial magazine. X-IT also won a ‘Business Week’ product design award for its first product sold through the retail channel. Andrew and X-IT Products were involved in a legal case involving the infringement of intellectual property which resulted in the largest corporate award in Virginia State history.

Andrew then began a data management company in Silicon Valley. While CEO, Andrew worked with the investor and venture capital community raising $21M of capital for his company, negotiating partnerships and establishing customer relationships. Andrew has also helped a number of entrepreneurs at the early stages such as the Blazent Founders (real time IT intelligence), PocketThis and others.

A graduate of the Harvard Business School and previously experience at Siebel Systems (USA), Procter & Gamble (Europe) Ltd., and IBM (World Trade Asia). Andrew is focused on building businesses, often from the early stages.

Andrew is interested in active participation and advising early stage companies and related entrepreneurial matters.

Andrew is the founder of X-IT Products,, Advisor Garage ( and the Advisor Garage Community ( with more on the horizon.

Harvard Business School: Awarded Harvard Fellowship and Scholarship
King’s College London, University of London

Entrepreneurialism, Brand Development, Product Development, Business Model development, Venture Capital, Angel Investors, Advisor, Team Building, Alliances

Relevant Experience:
Positions are listed in chronological order, with most recent at the top.

Advisor Garage Entrepreneur Site (Privately Held; Online Media industry)
2003 – March 2007 (4 years)

Siebel Systems
(Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; SEBL; Computer Software industry)
March 2001 – September 2003 (2 years 7 months)
Strategic Consulting Alliances (Global)

CEO/Founder at OpenShelf
(Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Internet industry)
April 1999 – March 2001 (2 years)

CEO/Founder at X-IT Products
(Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Consumer Goods industry)
April 1996 – 1999 (3 years)
Patent holder, Manufacturer and founder of company delivering Home Safety products. Specifically, the X-IT ladder.

Brand Management at Procter & Gamble
(Public Company; 10,001 or more employees; Consumer Goods industry)
July 1992 – August 1995 (3 years 2 months)

New Product Development, Brand Strategy, Advertising, Promotions, Brand turnaround, market launches, Identity, Print, TV and Press, Team Building, Production & Project management

What A Few Others Had to Say:
“Before all of the professional kudos, Andrew is one of the most enjoyable people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. This enjoyment derives from his creativity, intelligence, wit and warmth. And in the workplace, these attributes made Andrew an extraordinarily creative and productive colleague.” July 31, 2006
John McNulty, CTO, PocketThis, Inc

“Andrew is that rare breed of business leader with both entrepreneurial vision and practical sensibilities. He sees the forest and the trees. A pleasure to work for and with.” July 28, 2006

Michael Makunas, Technical Lead,

“Andrew is a wonderful person with a bright intellect. Though he attended HBS, he does not carry the baggage that many of his peers do…he is completely unassuming. Andrew brings a cheerful demeanor to the most difficult of challenges and I would count myself as fortunate to work with him again.” July 29, 2005

Tom McCullough, Director, Alliances, Siebel Systems

“At Siebel Systems, a company of razor-sharp professionals, Andrew stood out from the pack. His business savvy, professionalism, and personal warmth allowed him to build credibility at the highest levels of Siebel and key partners, delivering exceptional results in the midst of a strong economic downturn. I count Andrew as a trusted advisor, a dependable colleague, and a good friend.” June 29, 2005

Tom Halle, Alliances Group Business Manager, Siebel Systems

CEO/Founder at OpenShelf
“Andrew Ive was my CEO at OpenShelf and a pleasure to work for. Andrew is a distinguished and talented entrepreneur with exceptional business acumen. Andrew has a unique ability to create market awareness and evangelize product offerings. Andrew’s visionary thinking and leadership helped fuel our product launch at OpenShelf.” July 30, 2005

Peter Greenland, VP Sales

Brand Management at Procter & Gamble
“Andrew was a highly creative and resourceful Brand Manager. During challenging periods his strength of character always shone through. He was good company and it doesn’t surprise me in the least that he has a successful career……and will continue to achieve!”

Richard Pechey, Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble

“I worked with Andrew during my MBA internship at Procter & Gamble. He was a great coach and mentor to me, and added a lot of value to my work experience. Since then, I have observed Andrew in a variety of roles and he impressed me both as an entrepreneur and a consultant.” July 30, 2006

Tamas Fodor, Assistant Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble

Helping create new businesses from concept to reality

Groups and Associations:

  • Former Board member – Small Business Council (Dept. Trade & Industry Advisory role), UK Government
  • Small Business Investment Taskforce, UK Government linked advisory body

Honors and Awards:
Harvard Fellowship & Harvard Scholarship

Interested In:

  • Advising
  • Speaking
  • New ventures
  • Expertise requests
  • Business deals
  • Reference requests
  • Getting back in touch

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One comment

  1. Adrian Addesso

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    Adrian Addesso – Connaxis S.A

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