Introducing Andy Kleitsch as a Mentor for the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

The Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is Foster’s new 12-month degree that embodies the startup process — from ideation and formation to execution and scale. It blends the best of business school education, practical content, world-class Seattle connections, and time in the program for students to get their startup off the ground. Our goal for students: turn that spark into reality.

Andy Kleitsch
VP Product, CoinFlip
B.S., Advertising & Marketing, Emerson College

I mentor student entrepreneurs because I get so much from mentoring… but one of the things I cherish most is how student entrepreneurs want to make the world a better place. Success to them is not just a financial goal. They create businesses which hold true to their core values AND make a buck. This view of success is intoxicating. I gulp it up!

Andy Kleitsch
As a mentor, I excel at…

THE PITCH. My greatest strength is working with students as they attempt to succinctly describe their business in a powerpoint deck. I help with positioning the product / opportunity / go-big vision / what investors want to hear (and don’t want to hear) / what to highlight / sales projections / amount to raise and more.

Don’t ask me about…

Financial modeling.

The one thing people should know about me is…

I always want students to GO BIGGER. Sure, you may have a fine idea for one market – but what about world domination?

My favorite entrepreneurial book, blog, podcast is…

Book: Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why, by Laurence Gonzales

Podcast: Around the Coin

When I have free time, I…

Enjoy boating on Puget Sound with my family.

I manage everyday stress by…

Walking my dog on the beach.

If I’m going out to dinner, I’ll generally order…

Tacos (preferably from a taco truck).

As a kid, I was fascinated by…

Windsurfing. Specifically, looping on a windsurfer. I would watch windsurfing videos – frame by frame – to learn the secret of looping. Sadly, after many tries, I never did land one.

As an adult, I’m fascinated by…

New business ideas, new business models, and entrepreneurs in general. On a Saturday night, I may stay up till 2am writing a business plan… for fun.

The person I admire most is…

My wife. For living with a crazy person for 21 years.

I describe myself as…

Curious.

Dreamer.

Risk-Taker.

Quick-with-a-joke.

Sandy.

My motto/tagline is…

Everything is good. (There are no bad outcomes – everything that happens is good.)