- "Fantastic brains for hire. A joy to work with. So easy. Get stuck in quickly without overthinking and the usual consultant guff and Powerpoint. You are business people who just happen to be consultants. Very rare." Mr David Harrison, ABC Law
Andrew has worked at the forefront of Internet development for the past 25 years. He was Managing Director of CompuServe UK before becoming European General Manager at a time when CompuServe was Europe's largest internet access provider with over 1,000,000 members. He left (with David Gilroy) to become co-founders of Sift - an Internet technology business focused on the professional services sector. From 1996 to 2004 Sift attracted £7m of venture capital investment and spawned several successful divisions most notably PracticeWEB (that builds and operates websites for over 600 accounting firms) and AccountingWEB (that delivers web services to over 150,000 accountants in the UK).
Andrew's early career was as an IT consultant with Coopers and Lybrand, (now PWC) where he worked in America with US software giants such as HP, Amdahl and Digital. He has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University.
"We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
I love this quotation (Four Quartets, TS Eliot) – an observation on life in general which also seems relevant to our business – it reminds me of the “endless exploration” associated with Internet technologies and the sense of adventure. It’s a fantastic journey of discovery and rediscovery – I love it!