A long-time partner on Atlanta Tribune’s diversity, inclusion, technology and entrepreneur platforms, Rodney Sampson is a veteran technology entrepreneur, angel investor and author of four books, including “Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies For Transforming Your Business and Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He is an advisor to high growth startups such as Digit, Sandbox, Ourotech and Southern Culture Foods; growth stage companies such as Mark Burnett Productions (“Shark Tank,” “The Voice,” “The Bible Series,” “Son of God,” and “A.D.: The Bible Continues”); venture funds such as Kay Koplovitz’s Springboard Fund; and Heads of State in Namibia, Gabon and Uganda. Currently, Sampson is head of diversity and inclusion initiatives at TechSquare Labs, a 25,000 square-foot incubator, co-working and corporate innovation space near Georgia Tech 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, he launched the Opportunity Ecosystem. Opportunity Ecosystem includes Opportunity Hub, the nation’s largest minority owned multi-campus co-working space, entrepreneurship school, pre-accelerator and incubator headquartered in downtown Atlanta. OHUB companies have raised more than $5 million in seed capital, and have created more than 50 high growth jobs and 125 indirect jobs in two years. OHUB is home to Opportunity Code and Cofounders College, an IT consulting and training curriculum designed to increase innovator in supplier diversity while simultaneously developing more minority coders, software engineers and technical cofounders. Opportunity Hub merged with TechSquare Labs in October 2015 to build out the incubator space and collectively create and even more robust diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem.
OE also includes Opportunity Ventures, a new seed fund focused on making investments in startups and early stage companies with minority cofounders that are focused on disrupting industries and building scalable companies. Sampson also created 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 his perception of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s economic ideals. Each year, Kingonomics’ conferences and events attract more than 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 and the International Bishop’s Conference of The Old Holy Catholic Church of America. Sampson, his wife and children are native Atlantans.
You can follow Sampson on Twitter at @RodneySampson.