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Andrew Ackerman

Managing Director, DreamIt

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Andrew is recovering consultant turned serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and angel investor.  He is the Managing Director for DreamIt Ventures’ New York program.  Andrew is also a contributing writer to AlleyWatch.com, a leading destination for startup news in New York City.

Andrew began his career at Booz & Co consulting on strategy and operations for Fortune 100 clients.  After a brief stint at Kaplan helping transition their traditional classroom test prep services into online products, he then joined Bunk1.com as COO/Head of Product where he spent eight years building it from scratch to the leading provider of web services to the summer camp industry.  After being bought out of Bunk1 in 2008, Andrew managed a family office where he was responsible for both incubating new ventures and for managing over $50M of alternative assets including hedge, private equity, and venture capital funds as well as a number of direct investments in private companies.  Andrew was also the founding CEO of Layercake.com and has a keen appreciation for how hard it is to build a successful startup, even under the best of circumstances.

Among his other investments, Andrew was an early investor in Elliot’s company, HxTechnologies, and brought his angel group in as well.

Andrew received his MBA in Operations & Marketing from Chicago Booth (Beta Gamma Sigma) and a BA in Economics & Political Science from Johns Hopkins University (Phi Beta Kappa).  He speaks Hebrew fluently as well as some Spanish, French & Japanese and is working on JavaScript.  He currently lives on the Upper West Side with his wife and 3 daughters.