Andrew Sispoidis has started five companies that have pioneered software, VoIP, pattern recognition, and advertising technology. He has served as an angel investor, serial entrepreneur, and adviser to startups and large enterprises with game-changing ideas. Currently he is a founder and managing partner at Foundry Global Partners, a strategic consulting firm, where he works with senior executives and their operational teams (startups, global enterprises, government departments and agencies, and non-profits) to help them navigate rapid growth, develop new opportunities and new markets for meaningful scale, and build thriving enterprises.
Andrew’s key areas of focus include entrepreneurship/business startup, strategy development, product development, business viability assessment, deal structuring, venture capital, M&A, private equity, executive management, joint ventures, turnarounds, management team sourcing and development, identification of cross business/product synergies, emerging technologies, data privacy, and cyber security/privacy.
Andrew began his career as co-founder and CEO of Changeling Software and Heliotrope Studios (sold to THQ, Inc.), where he developed award-winning products that were recognized globally for their innovation. He later founded Axiom8, a pioneering converged-network communications company that was instrumental in the development of the standards and protocols used today in VoIP communications, as well as video compression and VoIP to PSTN connectivity that now enable multimedia communication in large-scale environments. In 2001, Andrew formed Illuminated Partners, an R&D laboratory of next-gen technologies in the area of pattern recognition (facial recognition, biometrics, access control and authentication technologies, target acquisition, encryption, and artificial intelligence). In 2004, he co-founded and became CEO of IGA Worldwide, the first and largest dynamic in-game advertising company.
During and since that time he has acted as advisor to numerous companies, and mentored early phase as well as experienced entrepreneurs, and has been an adviser to multiple federal agencies responsible for establishing national cyber-security strategy.
Andrew has also been a guest lecturer at Fordham, Columbia, Stanford, Yale, NYU, and the University of Connecticut, is the executive director of the Center for Global Information Security, and a frequent speaker at CISO conferences. He has been inducted into the Game Hall of Fame and has been recognized as an innovator by the Connecticut Technology Council and the MIT Enterprise Forum. He is on the advisory board of the merchant bank Co-Rise.