Andrew Gazdecki - CEO of Altcoin.io. Founder of Bizness Apps (acquired). Startup executive, investor & advisor.

Andrew Gazdecki

Startup mentor & advisor.

Inc. 30 under 30 Entrepreneur. 

Founder of Altcoin.io and Bizness Apps (both acquired).

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About ME

I’m Andrew Gazdecki and I’ve been an entrepreneur for longer than I can remember. I like to build stuff, mostly companies, and try to tell a story that goes beyond what the company does to how it’s changing markets.

I started my first company, Bizness Apps, while still in college. We made mobile app development affordable for small businesses, and initially, raised around $100,000 in funding. By the time Bizness Apps was acquired by private equity firm Think3, we had grown to $10M in annual recurring revenue, operating in 40 countries, and employing over 100 people.

Now, $100,000 isn’t a lot of money, so we needed a story that resonated with our target market so we could scale before the cash ran out. What was the bigger picture? What positive change did our business enable? In the end, we had the perfect David vs Goliath tale. We helped small businesses compete against their larger rivals through mobile marketing – and this struck an emotional chord with our customers.

My second business, Altcoin.io, was a decentralized exchange (DEX) for trading digital assets. The story here was simple: by trading on our decentralized, non-custodial platform, traders could protect their assets. Altcoin.io became a champion of security in a market dominated by custodial platforms that put users’ funds at risk. By challenging the status quo, we were defending the rights of traders everywhere – a story that our prospects loved. This eventually lead the company to be acquired by BnkToTheFuture.

A good brand story elevates companies above the competition. While someone can copy your product or service, they can’t copy your brand. So tell stories that excite your customers and align with their goals.

 
Experience

Altcoin.io (Acquired)

CEO and Founder

Jan 2018 – Jun 2019

  • Acquired in 2019 by global investment firm BnkToTheFuture 

  • Recruited FinTech executive as President to lead GTM strategy

  • Featured in Coindesk, Bitcoin.com, Cointelegraph, Forbes and more 

  • Open sourced the first Bitcoin to Ethereum "atomic swap" trade protocol


Altcoin.io is a decentralized exchange (DEX) and peer-to-peer trading solution built upon the Ethereum blockchain.

Bizness Apps (Acquired)

CEO and Founder 

Jul 2010 – Aug 2018

  • Acquired in 2018 by private equity firm ESW Capital

  • Founded in 2010 and lead to a successful acquisition

  • Bootstrapped revenue from zero to $10m+/ARR

  • Lead a high-performance team of 100+

  • Developed innovative channel partner GTM strategy

  • Featured in TechCrunch, Forbes, NYT, Inc, WSJ and more

  • Scaled technology to serve 20m+ MAUs

  • Operated globally in 40+ countries

  • Created more mobile apps than any company in the world

Bizness Apps is a do-it-yourself mobile app builder allowing any small business to create, edit, and manage mobile apps online without any programming knowledge needed.

  • 2014 - Inc. 500 #58 Fastest Growing Company

  • 2014 - Inc. 500 #2 Fastest Growing Company in San Francisco

  • 2015 - Inc. 500 #91 Fastest Growing Company

  • 2015 - Nicereply: #1 Customer Success in North America

  • 2015 - Entreprenuer.com: Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America

  • 2015 and 2016 - G2 Crowd: Top 50 SMB Products

  • 2015 and 2016 - TINYPulse: Top 10% for Employee Happiness

  • 2017 - Inc. Magazine's 30 under 30 Entrepreneur

Pocket Points

Advisor / Investor

Jun 2018 – Present

Pocket Points is a mobile app that rewards students for not using their phones during class.

Waydev

Advisor

Jun 2018 – Present

Waydev analyzes your codebase from Github, Gitlab, Azure DevOps & Bitbucket to help you bring out the best in your engineers work.

Forbes Technology Counsel

Advisor

Jun 2018 – Present

Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only community comprised of leading CIOs, CTOs and technology executives.

 
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Angel Investments

My favorite startup investment opportunities are ones where I feel I can provide strategic value.