Andrew L. Shapiro has spent nearly three decades working at the nexus of new technologies and societal transformation, with a focus over the last 20 years on sustainable technology and innovation and before that on information technology and globalization. Mr. Shapiro has invested in, advised, and/or served on boards of more than two dozen startups and growth-companies. Mr. Shapiro has served as an advisor to C-suite leaders at more than 100 enterprises, including some of the world’s largest energy and industrial companies. Mr. Shapiro has been a technology thought leader for more than two decades, an author of books that have appeared in multiple languages, and an Ivy League university lecturer.
Mr. Shapiro is the Founder and Managing Partner of Broadscale, an investment firm that he launched in 2012. Broadscale works with leading corporations, family offices, and other strategic partners to invest in and commercialize the most promising market-ready innovations focused on the energy transition, advanced transportation, and sustainable technologies generally. Broadscale differentiates itself by both: (1) sourcing strategic investments, partnerships, and acquisitions for its Corporate Network, whose members have included Duke Energy, Engie, Equinor, General Electric (“GE”), Johnson Controls, National Grid, Panasonic, and Shell and (2) acting as a general partner for a network of family offices and high-net-worth individual limited partners, with which it has made a dozen venture and growth equity investments. Mr. Shapiro’s deep relationships with corporate leaders and reputation as a pioneer in sustainable business have enabled him and Broadscale to invest in preeminent sustainable technology companies such as Blink Charging, Generate Capital, Getaround, Proterra, Revel, and Via Transportation. Mr. Shapiro has recently served as an advisor to Obvious Ventures as well as on the boards of two technology companies, Blink Charging (NASDAQ: BLNK) and Akerna Corp. (NASDAQ: KERN), as a director and observer, respectively.
Prior to founding Broadscale, Mr. Shapiro built and led GreenOrder from 2000 to 2011, a strategic advisory firm that worked with more than 100 enterprises to make energy and environmental innovation a source of competitive advantage. At GreenOrder, Mr. Shapiro worked with GE’s leadership for more than a decade on the creation and execution of its multi-billion dollar ecomagination initiative; counseled General Motors for five years on strategic issues including the launch of its first mass-market electric vehicle (“EV”); and served as the green advisor for 7 World Trade Center, New York City’s first LEED-certified office tower. Other clients included Alcan, Allianz, Bloomberg, BP, Bunge, Citi, Coca-Cola, Dell, Disney, Duke Energy, DuPont, eBay, Hines, HP, JPMorganChase, KKR, McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, NASDAQ OMX, National Grid, NBC Universal, NRG Energy, Office Depot, Pfizer, Polo Ralph Lauren, Related Companies, Simon Property Group, Staples, Target, Tishman Speyer, TXU and Waste Management. Mr. Shapiro and GreenOrder also co-founded the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (“US PREF”). In 2008, Andrew and his partners sold GreenOrder and continued to hold executive positions at the firm through 2011. Before GreenOrder was sold in 2008, Mr. Shapiro and his partners spun out GO Ventures, a subsidiary of GreenOrder created to incubate and invest in environmentally innovative businesses, including California Bioenergy, Global Thermostat and GreenBiz.
Mr. Shapiro has been a visiting faculty member at Yale and Columbia and a fellow at Harvard and NYU. His articles have appeared in diverse publications, he has published two books that were released in multiple languages globally, and he has appeared on CNN, PBS, NBC’s Today Show, BBC, and NPR. Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa, 1990) and Yale Law School (1995).
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