I grew up in Los Angeles, California, went to college in San Diego, studied abroad in Siena, Italy and Costa Rica, lived in China for 7 years, and have now settled in Longmont, Colorado. Below are some more details about myself:
Attended Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California – Graduated in 2000.
Graduated from UCSD (University of California, San Diego) in 2005.
- B.A. in Computer Science
- Overall GPA 3.925
- Summa Cum Laude (Top 2%)
- Awarded Provost’s Honors 4 years in a row
- Phi Beta Kappa honor society
- Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society
- Gold Key Honor Society
2013-2015 – CEO – Strauss Cycling
Founded this company with a Chinese partner to develop bicycle accessories
2014-2015 – TriRig – Freelance Writer
Wrote articles retlating to triathlon, samples can be found by searching for “Andrew Strauss” here
Created a chinese-language photography training website
Sold photography products from several large international companies
2008-2011 – Product design, development, and manufacturing – Creative Products Inc.
Worked on designing, sourcing, and producing products in China based on international customer requirements. This involved negotiating with multiple manufacturers, supervising all aspects of product design and development, creating testing standards, implementing QC systems and checks, visiting manufacturers and inspecting facilities, and arranging international shipment / customs.
2005-2008 – CTO – Lion International
Co-Founded Lion International to import and distribute solar control window film from a top U.S. based manufacturer
Lion International was their exclusive distributor in China
Grew company into a major player in the Chinese film market, with over 5 million US in annual sales, and a staff of over 50
2004-2005 – Treasurer – San Diego Aviation Safety Counselor Association
Elected by the general body to serve on the board of directors for 2 years
2001-2005 – Teaching Assistant – UCSD Dept. of Computer Science
Taught more than 15 computer science courses, some with over 300 students
2000-2001 – CTO – Actionfliks Media Corporation
1997-1999 – System Administrator – W.M. Keck Math Science Institute
In charge of administering a 500-user 120 terminal computer network
1993-2000 – Computer Consultant – Strauss Enterprises Computer Consulting
Performed computer work and network administration for individuals and businesses throughout Los Angeles, including television production companies, record labels, and stock brokers at Smith Barney, CIBC Oppenheimer, and Wells Fargo. Had a staff of around 7 technicians in addition to myself.
English – Fluent
Chinese (Mandarin) – Fluent
Knowledge of about 4000 Chinese characters (汉字), decent reading ability.
Lived in Shijiazhuang, China from 2005-2012.
Italian – Fluent, Lived in Siena, Italy during 2004.
Spanish – Conversational understanding
- Instrument Rated Private Pilot – 772 hours of flight time
- Certified Scuba Diver
- Certified Sky Diver with ~500 jumps
- Completed multiple triathlons, including the 2014 Ironman Boulder, which I finished in 16 hours 36 min