Andrew Grone

Operator

Entrepreneurs have that little bit of crazy in them that makes them believe they can achieve what so many others perceive to be impossible.

Trajectory
  • Avantstay (Business Operations Manager)
  • Dougherty & Co (Equity Research Analyst)
  • Target Canada (Sr. Business Analyst)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.B.A. Finance, Investments and Banking)
  • UCLA (M.B.A.)

 

Perspective

The sacrifice of stability in favor of ambiguity. In my experience, that’s the number one thing that prevents people from embarking on an entrepreneurial venture—and that’s what makes me so excited for the M13 Launchpad model.

While nothing can remove the ambiguity that surrounds a startup’s chances of success and in turn, a founder’s job security, our model helps maintain some level of structure by providing something unheard of for founders: a salary and benefits.

Yes, it takes a huge leap to start your own business—and the most successful entrepreneurs have that little bit of crazy that makes them believe they can achieve what others call impossible—but that opportunity shouldn’t only be available to people with certain backgrounds and resources.

That’s the most rewarding part of the Launchpad experience, for me: Seeing the ways our unconventional setup makes entrepreneurship more accessible and inclusive.

My background has been a unique cocktail of operational, supply chain, finance, and strategy experience, but I believe my biggest value-add stems from the variety of workplace cultures I’ve been a part of. From working at a massive company with one of the most respected corporate cultures (Target) to holding various roles at startups from 10-40 employees, I’ve learned about problems and solutions big and small, and emerged armed with the skills to build a culture from the ground up.

I’m most passionate about helping founders achieve their passions. I’ve found that my entrepreneurial spirit and drive shine brightest when they’re used to help those around me.