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Andrew McCalister

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Advisor, Mino Monsters and Business Development, Heyzap.

Advisor, Mino Monsters and Business Development, Heyzap.

6 vouches

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Mino Monsters
Mino Monsters


Co-Founder Kickpay September 2014 - present
Advisor Mino Monsters January 2011 - present
Director of Business Development Heyzap March 2010 - September 2014
Cleantech Channel Editor Intruders TV December 2009 - October 2010
Global Research Awardee Royal Academy of Engineering March 2010 - August 2010
Internship JRBH Strategy & Management August 2009 - September 2009
Industrial Placements Cambridge University Masters October 2008 - July 2009
Founder Ncapsulate 2008 - 2009
Intern Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd July 2006 - August 2006


University of Cambridge Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management 2008 - 2009
Glasgow School of Art Product Design Engineering 2004 - 2008
The University of Glasgow Product Design Engineering 2004 - 2008

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Financial Services
  • • Payments

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

My experience ranges from inventing defense technologies (Mechanical Engineering) to designing products for Aston Martin (Industrial Design) to my current position where I am Director of Business Development, responsible for growing our Ad Network (starting from 0 we now over 1000 publishers and hundreds of advertisers), building out our sales team and helping fundraise (over $8M). What LinkedIn wont mention is that I also taught myself to code and built an API for invoices. Some awards/ Honors: Paper published in International Journal for Information, Business & Management and Business Intelligence Journal
Authored Articles for the BBC, Business Today Magazine and Business7
Royal Academy of Engineering Global Research Award - Youngest ever winner
Royal Academy of Engineering International Travel Grant - Wrote report on Brazilan economy
Winner - Biggart Baillie Innovation Award
Winner - Shell Livewire Grand Idea Award
Member of Scottish Enterprise High Growth Programme
International Patent Pending
Graduated with Distinction for MPhil
Full EPSRC Scholarship for MPhil
Represented Cambridge University in the national Finals of the AIESEC Leadership Competition (Regional Winner)
National Finalist - John Logie Baird Innovation Award

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I feel the lost optimal approach to advising is getting your hands dirty with the company, whether it be weekly meetings to go over sales pipeline or jumping on the phone to help interview a new candidate.

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Josh Buckley
We worked together
Andrew is an extremely analytical thinker, and has shown to be relentlessly resourceful when dealing with problems that a startup may face.
Simon Maynard
We worked together
Andrew is a driven entrepreneur with great experience as an advisor to established startups (MinoMonsters) and as the VP Bis Dev and Heyzap. ... He's a great guy to know with awesome contacts, ideas and perspectives
James Smith
They're my friends
Andrew has amazing product intuition, he could sell ice to eskimos, has investor contacts AND he can code, he is the perfect co-founder pack ... age.
Josh Pincus
They're my friends
Andrew has a clear vision that he can articulate and bring to market - skills he has built in a significant business development role at a v ... enture backed mobile analytics company. He knows a big market opportunity when he sees one. He is locked in and will not be denied.
Richard Burton
They're my friends
Andrew is a rare breed; he has the engineer's perspective on all that's broken and the drive to go and fix it. Whilst at Cambridge he figure ... d out how you might create a mesh that could let light through one way and bullets through the other. Since coming to San Francisco he's been a core part of HeyZap's sales team and done an amazing job guiding MinoMonsters' CEO, Josh Buckley, towards a laser-like focus on iOS gaming. He gets the details and the loves the grind -- I cannot wait to see what he achieves when he starts a company.
Nic Pantucci
They're my school
Andrew is an extremely driven and intelligent. He's been able to build working software products on his own (with no background in computer ... science!), and I used the most recent one. Professionally he's been extremely resourceful, and has always made interesting connections and found good ways of getting things done. His analysis of both people and business situations has always shown great foresight, and I couldn't recommend him more highly. He'll go far! I would have selected quite a few more of the above options: driven, intelligent, great squash player, tenacious.