Rodney Sampson is a veteran technology entrepreneur (w/ 4 startups and 2 exits), angel investor and author of four books, including Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies For Transforming Your Business & Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sampson is also an advisor to high growth startups such as Digit, Sandbox, Ourotech and Southern Culture Foods; growth stage companies such as Mark Burnett Productions (Sharktank, The Voice, The Bible Series, Son of God, A.D.), venture funds such as Kay Koplovitz’s Springboard Fund and Heads of State in Namibia, Gabon and Uganda. Today, Sampson is a Partner and leads diversity and inclusion initiatives at TechSquare Labs, a 25,000 sq ft incubator, coworking and corporate innovation space anchored by a $25 million venture fund founded by Dr. Paul Judge and Allen Nance.
Sampson is passionate about reducing our nation’s poverty and wealth gap by advancing the cause of innovation, coding, entrepreneurship and investment as a way of life for all, with an emphasis on under-represented communities. To advance this definitive cause, Sampson launched the Opportunity Ecosystem (OE). Opportunity Ecosystem includes Opportunity Hub (OHUB), an inclusive ecosystem building, pre-accelerator and capital formation platform. Since 2013, OHUB companies have raised over 5 million in seed capital, created over 50 high growth and 125 indirect jobs. OHUB is also home to the CodeStart and Techhire initiatives, a joint venture with The Iron Yard, the nation’s largest coding school, launched to increase the number of software developers and technical cofounders from underrepresented communities. Opportunity Hub merged with TechSquare Labs in October 2015 to build out a 25,000 s/f space near Georgia Tech and collectively create the largest diverse and inclusive innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem on the planet. OE also includes Opportunity Ventures, an investment syndicate focused on making investments in venture funds and early stage companies with minority cofounders that are focused on disrupting industries and building scalable companies. Sampson also founded Kingonomics, the nation’s leading advocacy and learning platform for minorities and under-served communities to learn, navigate and master the capital markets and investment ecosystem. Kingonomics is based on Sampson’s perception of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s economic ideals to address the racial wealth gap via access to the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment economies. Each year, Kingonomics’ conferences and events attract over 2,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, 500 teenagers and 100 accredited investors, experts and mentors.
Sampson also serves on the non-profit boards of Neyo’s Compound Foundation, the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA) and the International Bishop’s Conference of The Old Holy Catholic Church of America.
Sampson, his wife & children are native Atlantans.