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Born into his 20-year professional career at the inception of the cloud industry, Andy has "seen a few things" (credit to Farmer's Insurance). First as an equity analyst at Piper Jaffray and Goldman Sachs during the Internet boom. Second, as a founder of both a research firm and a hedge fund. Third, as a leader of strategy for enterprise cloud sales for Rackspace, HOSTING, and Big Cloud Sales. Andy is sought out for great ideas, memorable insights, and fun experiences.
Communications expert since the industry was called telecommunications. Expert in technical and regulatory aspects of Internet-enabled disruption and innovation, which began with the original assessment of VoIP at Bell Labs and later the first VoIP deployments at Verizon, HP, and NASA. When VoIP was as popular as social media today, Daniel led the founding teams for high growth firms ITXC and Vonage. He translates decade-long concepts into actionable steps toward success, which is why he is frequently quoted in elite publications.
From Accenture to entrepreneur, Mike Sowada is an exceptional leader. Educated in computer science, complimented with an MBA from St. Thomas, he led e-commerce and web development for Musicland and Net Perceptions before starting his first firm. Originally a web development firm, Mr. Sowada grew, organically and via acquisitions, Minnesota's largest cloud computing firm Visi, which he sold to Fortune500 mobile provider TDS.
Entrepreneurial expertise flows through Wesley Kennedy's veins. Beginning at Silicon Valley Bank, his team provided financing for early stage companies before entering the investment banking industry with Ziegler, the premier boutique i-bank for construction of retirement communities. Leading to opportunities at Green Street Advisors, Thomas Weisel in convertible bond arbitrage strategy, and then at top cloud research firm Tier1 Research. For four years before joining IFWE.xyz, Wesley launched Sift Finance and helped his wife build and scale The Lotus Method.
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If I Were...exists to help the world find new ideas...before the robots. In the decades remaining until AI and machine learning rule, (GREAT) ideas are needed-required-essential. While ideas are a dime-a-dozen, we are here to fully bake those ideas...when you share an interest in the full development. Being part of the "If I Were" community is to say you support great ideas and will find your own way to help put those ideas into action.
F1000 Deal Lead
Chief of Content
CS - MBA
Visi - CEO
M&A to TDS
FB / BB / Trk
Berninger vs. FCC
Silicon Valley Bank
Green Street Advisors
The Lotus Method