We are an accredited private equity investor that invests in high risk early stage ventures. We are active investors who contribute more than just financial resources to companies with ideas and the inherent capability to make a difference in the marketplace.
Andrew describes himself as an entrepreneur stuck in a finance body.
After graduating from Seattle University with a degree in accounting, Andrew began his career working for a large established CPA firm. While in college, he had written a very detailed business plan for a chain of crepe restaurants called Mobatta and in 2006 was able to convince a local shopping center to fund the costs of buildout for the first shop and which eventually grew to three locations and a catering business which generated over $1,000,000 in revenue.
Following his public accounting career, Andrew has worked for several startups including Qliance, and while there, he assisted the CEO in a successful effort to raise $12 million in venture capital. He also gained invaluable experience in preparing all the accounting and due diligence reports for fund raising as well as understanding what constituted a winning sales pitch.
Andrew’s resume also includes joining the team at Redbox that was launching a coffee kiosk business. They started as a team of four and built the business plan and logistics for the placement of almost 1,000 kiosks. As the only true accountant in that startup group, Andrew established the accounting systems, GAAP Audit, AR/AP, internal controls, and reporting to the OUTR Board on the launch progress. During this time, he also put in the time and effort to receive an MBA from Seattle University with a focus in Entrepreneurial Finance.
During his time at Redbox/Coinstar, Andrew became a mentor in the Seattle startup community coaching Startup-weekends and helping entrepreneurs with their financial models. One of those companies BuildersCloud, invited him to be a co-founder when they got into the Techstars Accelerator. Andrew later joined a well- known angel investor group, located in Seattle, as the Executive Vice President.
After reviewing over one thousand deals for Angel Investors he saw an opportunity to help entrepreneurs get funded by helping them understand the numbers that drive all the financial funding decisions. Today, Andrew leads a company he founded called Zccounting.com that preforms bookkeeping and other financial consulting services to help entrepreneurs establish and fund their businesses.
Steve is an electrical engineer by degree and license, but spent most of his 37-year energy industry career in strategic senior executive positions of which 22 were in the COO or CEO seat. In addtion to his energy industry experience, he has also worked in water production and distribution, water pollution control, information technology/software, telecommunications and forensic engineering consulting. During his career, he has led many innovative technology initiatives including:
Although most of his career has been with companies having over $250 million in annual revenue, he has led small startups from his experience in the software and telecommunications industry as well as having first-hand experience forming a successful engineering forensics consulting company.
Steve is in high demand as a speaker at clean technolgy industry events as well as sought out for his opinions and guidance by everyone from elected officials to entrepreneurial students with fresh ideas or simply looking to connect with recognized industry leaders. He is accessible and loves sharing his experience as well as learning what exciting new ideas entrepreneurs are bringing to the marketplace.
Steve is currently Principal partner in Klein Tech Advisors Group and serves on the Board of many clean technology entities such as Hotrock Energy Research Organization (HERO), the Western Washington University Institute for Energy Studies, Beta Hatch (A large scale sustainable insect farming company) and the CleanTech Alliance (USA multi-state and Candian Provinces).