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Andrew Marconi
Founder and Managing Director

Andrew has spent the past twenty years honing his skills in the design, high-tech, marketing, mobile and start-up worlds. After nearly a decade in New York City working for Apple AAPL: 177.65 +0.65 (0.37%) and the global advertising powerhouse, BBDO Worldwide OMC: 75.64 -0.72 (-0.94%), he relocated to İstanbul, Turkey. There, he took on clients with Fjord, a global service design agency (now owned by Accenture ACN: 161.00 -0.40 (-0.25%)) including Vodafone VOD: 32.28 +0.12 (0.38%), YapiKredi Bankası (a joint venture between Koç Holdings AŞ KCHOL:IT: 139.05 +0.60 (0.43%) and UniCredit Group UCG:MI: 17.67 -0.13 (-0.73%)), and copper mining giant, BHP Billiton BHP: 48.70 -0.74 (-1.50%) for an assignment designing technology solutions for the Escondida copper mine in the Atcama Desert in northern Chile.

Following the Turkish coup attempt, he returned to the United States and began developing 559 Labs as a platform to enable midwestern start-ups, creative individuals and other entrepreneurs beyond the big-city business hubs.

His work with Sustainable Brands over the past year has evolved into a passion for better storytelling through tech and design for sustainability-driven organisations large and small. He also launched HotButteredGrits.com as a ecommerce solution for independent artists to market their work online using on-demand technology.

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