Andrew Perlman

Andrew Perlman

Managing Partner

Andrew is a serial entrepreneur who has led multiple companies from inception through exit. He began his career at nineteen when he dropped out of college to start his first business. In the time since, Andrew has co-founded nine venture-backed companies in industries ranging from semiconductors to natural resources to life sciences. Andrew was CEO of GreatPoint Energy, which set the record for the most capital raised in China by a U.S. venture-backed company. Andrew is also co-founder of Jetti Resources, a developer of cutting edge technology to help the mining industry extract vast trapped copper resources. Previously, Andrew co-founded two pharmaceutical companies that went public on the NASDAQ. Andrew was profiled by the Wall Street Journal as one of its leading young entrepreneurs “on the move,” chosen by the MIT Technology Review as one of its “35 Innovators Under 35,” and selected by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of its “40 leaders under 40.”

 

GreatPoint Boards
Vim, Farmers Fridge, Invicta Medical, OncoResponse, Spring Labs, Sidecar Health, Phil, Guide Therapeutics

When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An entrepreneur is all that I ever wanted to be. I’ve known since I was in fourth grade.

Who inspired you growing up?
My mom. She bought me my first computer when I was eight but left me to figure out how to earn the money or the skills to buy or make the software. She took me to university laboratories so I could see what technologies would one day be possible. She brought me to hear Steve Jobs speak to the local computer society when he was 29 years old and I was 9 so I could hear directly from entrepreneurs with big dreams. And she didn’t freak out (too badly) when I dropped out of college to start my first company.

Favorite quote or poem

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
      On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing

      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

-Edgar Albert Guest