Founder & Managing Partner
Andrew is the Founder and Managing Partner of 1955 Capital, and a thought leader in U.S.-China cross-border collaboration in innovative technologies. Andrew founded 1955 Capital to invest in advanced technology from the Americas and Europe that have the potential to solve the most challenging problems in the developing world – starting with China.
Prior to founding 1955 Capital, Andrew was a general partner at Khosla Ventures where he focused on transformative companies in the areas of sustainability (energy, food, agriculture), education, health, and other emerging technologies. Andrew was one of six partners who managed the firm and served as a director on the boards of Ambri (grid storage), BioConsortia (agriculture), Cogenra (solar), Ecomotors (efficient engines), Lanzatech (carbon mitigation, bioenergy), LS9 (bioenergy) [acquired by REGI], Pellion (batteries), Stion (solar), and Wattpad (mobile web).
While at Khosla, Andrew led the firm’s China activities and worked with many of the firm’s portfolio companies to develop successful models for U.S.-China collaboration to address some of China’s toughest environmental challenges. Working closely with EcoMotors and LanzaTech, Andrew helped pioneer capital-efficient models for commercializing sustainable technologies by leveraging partnerships with Chinese industrial leaders like Baosteel, Capitol Steel, First Auto Works, and Zhongding Power to fund first production plants in China. He was also invited by the U.S. Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, as a special advisor to a historic U.S.-China presidential trade mission led by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.
Prior to Khosla, Andrew was at Lightspeed Venture Partners and helped build the firm’s cleantech practice, which invested in Solazyme [SZYM], Nest Labs [acquired by GOOG], SolarEdge [SEDG], and Quantumscape, among others. He also helped develop the firm’s practice areas in education and genomics. Andrew represented Lightspeed as a board member or observer for Coaltek, LS9 [acquired by REGI], Natera, Orbis Education, Personalis, Serious Business [acquired by ZNGA], Solazyme [SZYM], and Stion.
As a leading voice in sustainable technology and U.S.-China collaboration, Andrew has keynoted at the White House, Swiss Economic Forum, Asian Venture Capital Journal Forum, Cleantech Venture Forum, Economist Innovation Summit and Cleantech Investment World Asia. He serves on a White House Roundtable on Advanced Manufacturing, and frequently advises federal and state government officials on energy policy. Andrew also was the founding chairperson of the Cleantech Board of The Indus Entrepreneurs group (TiE), the largest global organization focused on fostering entrepreneurship, and he is a long-time advisor to the Cleantech Open (CTO), the largest cleantech accelerator in the world. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, MIT, Tsinghua, Peking University, and the Paulson Institute, and he serves on the Advisory Board for the Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership.
Previously, he worked at Bain Capital and TL Ventures, where he supported buyout and venture investments in healthcare, software and semiconductors. Prior to that, he was a management consultant with Bain and Company in greater China, where he worked with clients in energy, private equity, retail, and logistics. Earlier in his career, Andrew cofounded UberWorks, an e-commerce platform that aggregates customers’ purchasing information across hundreds of vendors, which he eventually led through a successful acquisition by Network Commerce (NWKC).
Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with honors, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.
Andrew is also an avid musician and nearly pursued a singing career after winning a national Chinese singing contest in the U.S. and becoming a finalist in Hong Kong’s version of American Idol. He has performed in concert as a vocalist and conductor at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Shanghai Conservatory. Andrew has even dabbled in off-Broadway musical theatre. In addition to music, Andrew enjoys photography, cycling, skiing, traveling and baseball. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Los Altos, CA.