Brandon Drew, General Partner for SaaS Growth Ventures, shared his insights on technology, entrepreneurship, investing and beekeeping. He discussed the importance of building data and recognizing patterns in order for an entrepreneur to better grasp what the startup is going through. He also recognized the importance of getting a mentor and surrounding yourself with the right network who can help and influence your success.
Brandon is a technology investor with a deep passion for the entrepreneurial spirit startup ecosystem. He specializes in operational efficiency and building and scaling products that have achieve great market penetration; specifically in the SaaS space. He started his career early as a paralegal for a US Bankruptcy Trustee at the DOJ where he investigated over 700 cases a month for fraudulent filings while studying his undergrad. After he graduated Cal Poly SLO he worked for a young startup in Krakow, Poland restructuring the company starting two joint ventures in Japan and the United Kingdom doubling the size of the company and 5x revenue. After returning to the states worked at Merrill Lynch managing $450MM along with his team, focusing on alternative Investments and Specialized Products. Wanting to get back to his passion, building products, he has been a founder or founding employee for a number of SaaS, eCommerce and mobile companies. His focus has been building products that have repeatable and scalable revenue stream across company business units.
He has opened subsidiaries in Poland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and has operated development teams on various contents. Currently he is a mentor at 500 StartUps and Highway1, as well as Advisor and Board Member for various companies in the Bay Area. He enjoys an active lifestyle with his family, a 3x Ironman finisher and a marathon swimmer.