Andrew joined Khosla Ventures as an investment partner in 2011 and focuses on building transformative companies in the areas of sustainability (energy, food, agriculture), education, health and other emerging technologies. He also leads the firm’s investment and …
Andrew joined Khosla Ventures as an investment partner in 2011 and focuses on building transformative companies in the areas of sustainability (energy, food, agriculture), education, health and other emerging technologies. He also leads the firm’s investment and partnership activities in China. Andrew has served as a director, past and present, on the boards of Ambri, BioConsortia, Ecomotors, Lanzatech, LS9 [acquired by REGI], Pellion, and Wattpad.
Andrew developed his passion for building businesses at a very young age. He started working at his family’s restaurant when he was just five years old. Andrew experienced firsthand the entrepreneurial virtues of perseverance, hiring and motivating teams and putting customers first. One loyal patron who was a local scientist from Princeton visited every weekend; he taught Andrew advanced mathematics and physics and encouraged him to dream about how science and technology could change the world.
Years later, while studying mathematics at Harvard, Andrew started his first company at 19 years old. He employed students in the computer science department to help build what at the time were very advanced, flash-enabled, database-driven websites for local businesses in the early days of HTML. Upon graduation, Andrew joined Trilogy, an enterprise software company based in Austin. There, he co-founded and incubated UberWorks, an e-commerce platform that aggregates customers’ purchasing information across hundreds of vendors. The company was eventually spun out and later acquired by Network Commerce (NKWC).
Andrew next returned to his roots in greater China and joined Bain and Company, where he worked with clients in energy, private equity, retail and logistics. While working with a client in the power automation sector develop a China market strategy, he developed his initial interest in the global energy problem and realized how disruptive technology could eventually provide solutions. Andrew later worked at Bain Capital and TL Ventures, where he supported buyout and venture investments in healthcare, software and semiconductors.
Andrew then joined Lightspeed Venture Partners and helped build the firm’s cleantech practice, which invested in Solazyme [SZYM], Nest Labs [acquired by GOOG] 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 ZYNG], Solazyme [SZYM] and Stion.
Today, as a partner at KV, Andrew is a leading voice in the sustainable technology community and has keynoted on innovation at venues that include the White House, Cleantech 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. He is a long-time advisor to the Cleantech Open (CTO), the largest cleantech accelerator in the world.
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.
Andrew is an avid musician and nearly pursued a singing career several times in his life and won a national Chinese singing contest in the U.S., which led to 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 Menlo Park, Calif.