An economist and tech marketer by training, Andy Smith is a Principal of Vonavona Ventures where he advises and bootstraps technical and social ventures with guidance in marketing, customer strategy and operations. Over the past 20 years, he has served as an executive in the high tech industry leading teams at Dolby Labs, BIGWORDS, LiquidWit, Intel, Analysis Group, Polaroid, Integral Inc. and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
As a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Andy speaks on social technology, engineering virality, and brand building, with a focus on applying technology to address real problems. He has also spoken at World 50, Marketing Week, Intel, TechCore and Interbrand, and is on the boards of 140 Proof, ProFounder, LIF Brands, EveryWun, and One Family One Meal. Andy earned his MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School and holds an Economics degree from Pomona College.
A relocated Princetonian, Andy studied and worked in Cape Town, Athens, and London before settling in the Bay Area and considers Scottish his second language.
Andy and his wife (and coauthor), Jennifer live in Lafayette, CA with their two little dudes and a princess.