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Drew Austin

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

COO at Augmate. Interests in wearable technology, digital eyewear, natural user interface, and enterprise software.

COO at Augmate. Interests in wearable technology, digital eyewear, natural user interface, and enterprise software.

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time soon

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In

Founder

AUGMATE
Campus Socialite Media
Wade & Wendy
Augmate
The Convos
Precious Time of New York, Inc.

Advisor

StartFast

Positions

Volunteer Managing Director NYC FounderDating 2014 - present
Co-Founder & COO AUGMATE May 2013 - February 2015
CEO & Co-Founder Campus Socialite Media August 2009 - August 2012
CEO & Co-Founder Wade & Wendy May 2015 - present
Managing Director NYC FounderDating 2014 - present
Mentor StartFast 2014 - present
Co-Founder & COO Augmate May 2013 - March 2015
CEO & Co-Founder The Convos August 2009 - August 2012
Angel Investor NERD Beverage Coporation 2010 - 2010
Recruiter & Business Development Manager Connections of New York August 2007 - June 2009
CEO & Founder Precious Time of New York, Inc. October 2005 - May 2007

Education

Syracuse University - Martin J. Whitman School of Management Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises 2003 - 2007

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • Enterprise Sales
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Saas
  • • Android
  • • Scalability
  • • B2B sales
  • • Computer Vision
  • • Public relations
  • • Logistics
  • • Augmented reality
  • • Wearable technology
  • • Architecture
  • • SaaS Product Development
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Mobile
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Robotics
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Digital Eyewear
  • • Enterprise Software

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Viral marketing • Business Development • Social Media Marketing • Strategic Partnerships • Youth Marketing

Key Accomplishments

I launched my first startup in 2004 as a student at Syracuse University, Precious Time, a college concierge service. While running Precious Time, I led the development of a consumer facing online food ordering system as well as reservation management platform.

In 2009, I co-founded Campus Socialite Media. The Campus Socialite is a publishing vehicle that provides a platform for college students around the country to create lifestyle related content. TheCampusSocialite.com reached an audience of roughly 1 million visitors per month amongst the target 18-26 college student demographic.

Campus Socialite Media spun off to become The Convos in order to increase focus on the development and implementation of marketing programs on college campuses nationwide. Working with brands such as Axe, Toyota Scion, CampusFood, Tip or Skip and Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Convos builds extensive programs to increase brand awareness, engagement, and customer acquisition.

The Convos recently developed the first mobile software solution for managing brand ambassador programs remotely on college campuses. This mobile application and management system has been released into private Beta in early 2013.

I became a co-founder at Augmate in May of 2013. Software development firm focusing on digital eyewear business efficiency solutions.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I have a unique ability to develop a business strategy behind a product concept. I am extremely analytical in my decision making and believe that data should drive the decision process. From a business development standpoint, I can quickly assess someones needs and can usually during the conversation relate our value proposition to the persons business goals and needs. I have worked on a wide range of businesses and have an extensive background in marketing and branding. I believe my best areas of contribution would be my ability to lead and motivate a team, product management, growth hacking, and business development.

As an Advisor

I have a wide network of investors, mainly in NYC & SF with a presence in Atlanta and Detroit as well. I have a strong grip on product development and building out a product road map. I can work with co-founders on a range of business areas; fundraising, business strategy, partnerships, marketing, story-telling, product development, and sales. I have quite a bit of experience in lean startup methodologies and I think the best skill I can bring to the table is help an entrepreneur get his company off the ground and moving quick.

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David Jumper
They're my friends
He is able to communicate effectively, lead a team of skilled professionals, and driven towards collaborative success.
Jonathan Kestenbaum
We worked together
I've had the pleasure of working with Drew many times throughout the years and have always been truly impressed with his intelligence, busin ... ess acumen, drive and enthusiasm. He's a real "go-getter" and a tremendous asset to any organization whether contributing or leading.
Michael Weiksner, Ph.D.
We worked together
Drew *is* a great entrepreneur. He is the rare business co-founder who can (1) idenitfy real problems worth solving; (2) think about novel ... ways to solve them and (3) get lthe right people onboard with his vision. His enthusiasm is infectious and his ideas are great. I was very lucky to have found him through Highlight, and then get him to help my startup while he was leading The Convos. If you like to build great things, then you would be lucky to have Drew as a partner.
Nathaniel McNamara
We worked together
Drew is incredibly energetic, has a good nose for opportunity, and can be incredibly persuasive without being overbearing. He is well conne ... cted and has a good network around him to help him accomplish his goals. I would love the opportunity to work with him again.
Isaac Brody
They're my friends
You know when you talk to some people and you know they just get "it". That is Drew. He is someone you want to be involved with.
Arry Yu
CEO | Cofounder at GiftStarter.co - the most awesome group gifting experience in the marketplace - we help family/friend give together!
Drew and I onboarded into the Managing Director world for the FounderDating community together. I've had a great first impression (good ene ... rgy, personable, and committed) - and look forward to getting to know Drew better as we work together.
George Valdes
Director of Design at Augmate
Drew is driven. The man has tunnel vision in the best way possible -- focused on execution. He is fantastic to work with if you want to know ... what it takes to be laser focused and incredibly agile. He has my highest recommendation.

George Valdes
We worked together  •  Director of Design at Augmate
George has the unique ability to combine technical skills, design ability, and business strategy to offer valuable resources to a startup bu ... siness. His philosophical approach to business problems leads to creative solutions. He doesn't only offer ideas, he implements.

Emerson Taymor
Instructor, General Assembly and Managing Director, Co-Founder, philosophie LLC. University of California, Los Angeles grad.
Emerson is someone that you want in your corner and on your team. He is well connected, well liked in the startup community, has a fantastic ... team behind him, an incredible knack for UX design and is a great project manager. When it comes to building a product, having Emerson as an advisor will be an invaluable resource. The outcome of working with Emerson is you end up with a product your users want, rather than the product you thought you wanted.

Jared Horowitz
We worked together  •  Business Operations and Strategy, Augmate. Previously Project Manager and Marketing Consultant, Lufthansa: GWU Foreign Market Analysis.
Jared watched a business develop from the ground up. He was directly involved with our seed fundraising, managing out outreach on Angel List ... , he was responsible for recruiting of our early team members, and when needed transition to BD to work on client proposals. He is comfortable in a startup environment.