Business plan creation

Helping founders/executives to create formal business plans, delivery roadmaps, business and operating models


Covering a wide range of product assessment, market positioning, security review and business optimization deliverables.


Making meaningful strategic introductions to key industry players that can rapidly change the trajectory of a growing firm

go to market

Working with management teams to better understand critical market segments, refine products, and develop business plans

Risk Management

Assessing risks to security, privacy, operations, scalability and delivery, providing practical and implementable solutions to mitigate risks (...)


Serving as a trusted advisor to the CEO/founders’ we work with, helping them navigate inevitable early stage challenges

Andy Brown

CEO and Co-Founder

From September 2010 to October 2013, Andy served as Group Chief Technology Officer of UBS. From 2008 to 2010 Andy worked as Head of Strategy, Architecture and Optimization at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From 2006 to 2008 Andy was the CTO of Infrastructure at Credit Suisse. Prior Credit Suisse, Andy was at Merrill Lynch for 10 years holding various positions, including roles as Chief Technology Architect, CIO of Direct Markets, and Head of Networks, Market Data and Email. Andy also worked in chemical, oil and telecomms industry prior.
Andy is also founder and advisor of BizTectonics & Street Scale IT LLC, is a board director for Guidewire (GWRE), MoogSoft LTD,  CTO Fintech Innovation Lab, and advises CS Technology LLC, Wickr, EXOU, Revolution Credit, Illumio, Lastline, LMRKTS, DA Holdings, PernixData and Zscaler.
Recently Andy was a Director at ServiceMesh which sold to CSC in November 2013. He was a Founder of Desktone which sold to VMware also in November 2013. In addition, Andy was an advisor to Cyvera which sold to Palo Alto Networks in March 2014.
Andy holds a BSc. Honors degree in Chemical Physics from University College London.

Philip R. Gilligan

Managing Partner

Phil Gilligan is a Managing Partner at Sand Hill East LLC. He is a new addition, joining the partnership from his most recent role at Deutsche Bank as Head of Innovation & Americas Chief Information Officer in the COO Group.
Phil has held numerous senior technology leadership positions within Financial Services including UBS, Merrill Lynch, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley and EBS Dealing Resources/ICAP. Phil is highly regarded as a decisive, strategic & innovative leader with extensive experience executing large transformational programs and souring new technologies in support of strategic business initiatives. At Deutsche Bank Phil was accountable for designing and developing a formal Innovation platform to establish the Bank as a thought-leader within key innovation ecosystems around the world. He led the design and launch of the “DB Labs” centers in Berlin, London, Silicon Valley and New York to accelerate the adoption of new technologies into the bank. Phil also took on the additional responsibility of Americas CIO, overseeing the major regulatory programs in the region.
Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Kings College London, and a Master of Science degree in Biological Oceanography from the University of Southampton,

Nanette Di Tosto

Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer

Nanette’s primary responsibility is to manage the business and operational areas of Sand Hill. Nanette has a broad-based business background with experience in international policy, business development, and strategic planning.
Prior to Sand Hill East, Nanette was a Vice President at CertCo and managed strategic relationships, oversaw projects, directed its export licensing process, and defined CertCo’s policy positions on e-commerce and cryptography issues. She was elected Chair of the BIAC Cryptography Committee to the OECD, representing views of multinational corporations in the drafting of the OECD’s International Guidelines on Cryptography Policy. 
Before CertCo, Nanette was Vice President at Bankers Trust, Electronic Commerce where she managed strategic relationships and directed its international policy program on relationship manager and international policy.
Nanette was formerly a Director at the U.S. Council for International Business, representing the views of US-based multinationals to inter-governmental organizations and in the international policy arena.
Nanette holds a MA in Economics from Penn State and a BA in Economics from Gettysburg College.

David Bauer

Managing Partner

His primary responsibilities include building out C-Suite-as-a-Service capability and, privacy and security consulting. David’s most recent position was with Asurion Insurance Services, a provider of mobile device protection and insurance services. David held a variety of executive positions with Asurion for 9 years including Global Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer for Asia, and Chief Operating Officer for Asurion Australia.
Before Asurion, David was First Vice President and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer for Merrill Lynch, for which he was named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2004. Other positions include Global Head of Engineering for Deutsche Bank, based in London, Head of Security and Internet Services for Morgan Stanley, and Director of Computer Security Technology for Bell Communications Research. David began his career as a programmer in the areas of computer graphics, language design, and network management at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
David holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Matthew Boskin

Managing Partner

Matthew Boskin is a Managing Partner at Sand Hill East LLC. Prior to joining Sand Hill, Matt was Co Head of institutional Sales/Institutional Salesperson at Susquehanna International Group and a successful Institutional Equity Salesperson at both Bulge Bracket Investment Banks and Investment Banking Boutiques for over 25 years.
In addition, Matt founded the New York Technology Sales Force at Merrill Lynch (the first ever specialty sales team at Merrill) and was transferred to London to expand the product globally.
He represented Tech Sales and Merrill Lynch in a number of technology investment banking pitches and has successfully raised capital for Initial Public Offerings, Secondary Stock offerings, and Private Company fund raises. Matt has personally invested in a number of private transactions and is both a current as well as a former Board Member for a few of those companies. Matt holds a BS/BA from Boston University and an MBA from Fordham University. Matt continues to maintain all of his Securities Licenses