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Andy is a technology optimist and the founder & CEO of Think3, founder & CEO of Crossover, co-founder & CEO of RideAustin and the CEO of a variety of technology companies including Engine Yard, DNN Corp, Kayako, Bizness Apps, FogBugz, School Loop, Agemni & SLI Systems.
Andy’s most recent venture is a $1B private equity fund called Think3. Think3 is designed to enable entrepreneurs to exit their startups earlier to take more shots at creating new innovation. The firm fundamentally believes that founders should think of their career as a portfolio - and sell their modestly growing company earlier to start their next high growth venture/unicorn. Think3 purchases these companies, enables a unique process to enable the founder and team to go start their new venture - and provides them $500k as non-equity angel funds to assist.
Through this fund - Andy has purchased and is currently the CEO of Engine Yard - a devops software company, CEO of DNN Corp - an open source content management platform, CEO of Kayako - a customer service software company, CEO of Bizness Apps - a mobile app publishing platform, CEO of FogBugz - a software developer workflow tool, CEO of School Loop - a learning management system for schools, CEO of Agemni - a sales enablement software and CEO of SLI System - a leading website search engine software.
Andy also founded Crossover in 2014 and has now grown it to become one of the largest online talent marketplaces - spanning over 130 countries. Crossover was established on the belief that the best talent is distributed worldwide - but opportunity isn’t.
In his spare time - Andy is also the co-founder & CEO of the world’s only non-profit rideshare called RideAustin. RideAustin has completed nearly 3M rides to date while simultaneously raising over $400k for local charities.
Andy is also passionate about the US-Japan international relationship. He serves as a Delegate in the US-Japan Leadership Program - bringing together key leaders from both countries, he started a non-profit Japanese cultural and coding school in Austin called the Japanese Heritage Academy and serves as a Board Member of the Texas Central High Speed rail - the first private high-speed rail in the US exporting the Japanese Shinkansen technology.
Previously, Andy spent 14 years running strategy at Intel Corporation and was also an advisor to the US White House on the future of jobs and engineering talent. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Rice University.
As Senior Vice President of Operations at Engine Yard, Bobbi Kommineni is responsible for the daily operations and continually driving performance improvement for the company. She brings more than 20 years of experience to Engine Yard. Her experience and leadership focus on delivering business solutions, providing outstanding client support and driving profitable revenue growth.
In addition to her role at Engine Yard, Bobbi leads a number of other software organizations operations within a private equity portfolio at ESW Capital. Prior to this role, Bobbi spent 10 years advising Tier 1 retailers on strategy and systems to improve planning process at Oracle Retail, and held global positions within sales, product marketing and consulting services at Dun & Bradstreet, i2 Technologies and Trilogy Software.
Bobbi holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Ash is VP of Product for Engine Yard and other companies under Think3 portfolio. Ash has held various Engineering & Product positions over the past 21 years. Ash helped build enterprise-grade software for numerous Fortune 500 clients, including Best Buy Canada, Humana Inc., Provident Bank and Tata Steel. Prior to this, Ash was head of Engineering and Support at DNN Corp., which was acquired by ESW Capital in 2017, one of the largest privately held software businesses.
Ash holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT Varanasi, India, and an MBA from University of Phoenix. Ash is a two-time Microsoft MVP and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Entrepreneurial, business educated professional with a rich mix of business development, leadership, sales, marketing and operations expertise developed in international enterprise business settings. Diverse experiences span start-up to work-out, turnaround, and rapid growth environments, with proven success resolving long-standing problems and creating solutions that increase revenue and improve operational efficiency. Ambitious, goal oriented and enthusiastic lead with a talent for hiring, developing and supervising highly successful sales teams.
At Engine Yard, Daniel runs a fully remote, 24/7/365 world-class Support Team composed of AWS specialists, DBAs, and Ruby on Rails experts. He also works closely with Customer Success, Product Management, and Engineering Teams on providing the 'voice of the customers' ensuring that the Engine Yard value proposition appeals to everyone.
Daniel strives to see things getting done, customers satisfied, and colleagues happy.
He has been around computers since he was able to get his hands on one and held positions on relevant areas on companies like Telecom Personal and Intel Corp. He has also taught university courses and done open source advocacy. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Science on Information Systems degree from Universidad Blas Pascal, Argentina.
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