Shoot me an email anytime: voodoo at gmail. On Twitter I’m @andrewchen.
Below is a bio that I typed up for a conference in 3rd person ;-)
Andrew Chen is a writer and entrepreneur focused on mobile products, in particular metrics and user growth.
He is an advisor/angel for early-stage startups including AngelList, AppSumo, Cardpool (acq. by Safeway), Frankly (an SK Planet co), Gravity (acq. by AOL), Grovo, Kiva, Mocospace, Qualaroo, Qik (acq. by Skype), Wanelo, WeeWorld, and is also a 500 Startups mentor. Previously, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based firm with $2B under management.
Prior to MDV, Andrew was director of product marketing at Audience Science, where he started up the ad network business that today reaches over 380 million uniques. He also co-authored a patent on personalized advertising, USPTO #7,882,175 and holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington.
Why entrepreneurs and marketers read this blog
The sad truth about blogging is that 99% of blogs are not worth reading. Andrew Chen’s blog on online marketing is one of the few exceptions to this rule. I often find myself referring people to posts from Andrew’s blog because it actually contains useful research and insight, instead of the usual noise.
Marc read Andrew
– a half haiku by Marc Andreessen
Andrew’s incredibly analytical mind, understanding of web development, and expansive network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and veterans, affords him the unique opportunity to jump into the trenches on case studies for an intimate micro-level understanding and to learn from experts a wealth of research and wisdom of the macro forces at play.
– Jason Feffer, ceo of Sodahead and previously vp operations at MySpace
I go to Andrew to learn more about the latest methods for building and retaining web audiences. There’s no one who knows more about it.
– Mitchell Kapor, founder, Lotus and founding Chair, Mozilla Foundation
Andrew’s blog is an inexhaustible source of numbers and ideas on concepts that matter.
– Max Levchin, founder of Slide and PayPal
Andrew is one of the smartest geeks in Silicon Valley, and a brilliant and comprehensive virtuoso on a broad array of tech and non-tech topics including internet advertising, viral marketing, web analytics, social networks, online games, and all kinds of web glitter. He is a veritable Glenn Gould of startup blogging, and every chance i get i rip off his ideas and try to pass them off as my own. Respect.
– Dave McClure, 500Startups and Paypal alum
Andrew is writing the textbook on web marketing.
– Jim Young, i/o ventures and cto/co-founder of HotOrNot