About Andy Palmer

Andy Palmer is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in accelerating the foundation and growth of early-stage, mission-driven companies.  During his career as an entrepreneur, Andy has served as founding investor, BOD member or advisor to more than 50 start-up companies. Most recently, Andy founded Koa Lab, a start-up club in the heart of Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA; and co-founded Tamr, with legendary database scientist and MIT professor Michael Stonebraker. Andy was named 2013 Angel of the Year by the New England Venture Capital Association.

Previously, Andy was co-founder and founding CEO of Vertica Systems (acquired by HP), a pioneering Big Data analytics company. Before that, he was a member of the core startup team and the CIO at Infinity Pharmaceuticals  (NASDAQ: INFI). He has also held positions at innovative companies including Novartis, Bowstreet, pcOrder.com, and Trilogy.

Andy has served as a BOD member for early-stage companies including Upstart, Cloudant, CloudSwitch, Recorded Future, Constant Therapy, Ovation, Rest Devices, and Twine Health.

He is also a seed investor/advisor to a number of other companies, including  AffectivaAvadoBluefin Labs, ZappRx, Kuvee, Mightier, Desktop Metal, PillPack, Precise.ly,  Carta,  CarePortEvergageKinsaMaxwell HealthOpenBay, Podimetrics, ResuretySharesPostSyapseYapstone.

Andy has a particular interest in projects at the intersection of computer science and the life sciences/healthcare, and a specific passion for cancer drug discovery and development.

Andy earned his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1994 and his undergraduate degrees in English and history (with a computer science minor) from Bowdoin College in 1988.  He currently serves as a Research Affiliate @ the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT.

6 Responses to About Andy Palmer

  1. Pingback: Funding Bowdoin Entrepreneurs | Point Judith Capital

  2. C. Mitchell says:

    Thanks for supporting our PHS Robotics Team!!

  3. A. Chipman says:

    Thank you for supporting Portland High Robotics.

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Andy, I have a quick question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a chance? Thanks!

  5. Thanks for sharing your story on diabetes. I went through the same thing 3 years ago with almost the same numbers. And it feels wonderful being healthy every single day. I hope you putting your story, details and path to health helps others!
    Thank you

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