Andy Sparks

Co-Founder & CEO
Holloway

From Andy's Linkedin: When I was nineteen, I tried to start a microbrewery with a friend. I got hooked on business. After learning that it was illegal to own a microbrewery before turning twenty-one, I got a job at a startup, DOmedia. A year or so later, I joined an iOS and web development shop doing an odd combination of product design and sales. Thousands of TechCrunch articles later, I was convinced I could start my own company. I left for greener pastures, packed up everything that would fit in my Ford Focus and moved to California with my two dear friends. After 500 Startups and a rude awakening to the challenges of starting a business, we shuttered our startup. Shortly thereafter, I joined Danielle and Kevin Morrill to start Mattermark and spent almost four years building that business. In the fall of 2016, I left Mattermark and started Holloway where we're solving the discovery problem for long-form content. The whole journey of starting companies is hard as hell, and I think I've gotten all the silly ideas like "doing it for the money" out of my system. Holloway is a pure labor of love—it's something I think can do some real good in the world.



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