(confirmed by company)
ANSER Corp, eBenefits, Pearl.com
I want to change the world.
StubHub, Viagogo, iLike, ClearContext, Vator
The most rewarding thing about entrepreneurship is helping people. At Pearl.com, we help customers and professionals in dramatic ways.
Aggressively publicizing (PR) their business before the business is ready to deliver.
1. Focus (mostly on the customer)
Andy Kurtzig is the founder and CEO of Pearl.com, which connects people with verified professionals in hundreds of different categories – from doctors, lawyers and vets to auto mechanics, IT support and more - for personalized, one-on-one information to answer just about any question, anytime, quickly, conveniently and affordably. First launched in 2003 as a resource for his wife’s round-the-clock pregnancy Pearl.com now boasts a network of more than 10,000 experts in nearly 700 categories helping people in almost 200 countries around the world.
Pearl.com is the third in a series of successful companies Kurtzig has founded. He started his first company, Anser Corp, a software company that automated calendar listings for the newspaper industry, while a student at the University of California at Berkeley. Having landed several high-profile clients, including the San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Post Newspaper Group, Kurtzig sold ANSER two years after its inception.
Later, Kurtzig founded online human resources management service eBenefits, which linked small businesses to a variety of HR management services, including health benefits, insurance plans, a payroll service, and mutual funds for 401(k)s. After seven years managing eBenefits and partnering with Fortune 500 companies such as Automatic Data Processing (ADP) and Marsh & McLennan, and after raising $8 million of venture capital financing from NEA, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and WR Hambrecht, he sold the company to an Inc. 500 Company.
Kurtzig is also an angel investor with past successful investments including StubHub (acq'd by eBay); and iLike (acq'd by MySpace). An active philanthropist, Kurtzig and his wife Sara founded and host the annual Royal Ball to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Kurtzig earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of California at Berkeley.