+ Rodney S. Sampson, MBA
Innovator. 4 x Entrepreneur. 2xExits. Angel. 4 x Author. Mentor. Advisor. Prelate. Husband. Father. Human.
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.
As a serial entrepreneur, Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (Streamingfaith.com) in 2000 (sold in 2010), a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and Ustream. Not stopping there, Sampson co-founded Intellectual Currency (an integrated marketing and business development firm) in 2002, Intellect Inspire (a digital publishing imprint of Audible) in 2006, and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007 with early stage investments in high growth and scalable technology, energy, consumer products and the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Sampson is 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.
Via a merger between Sampson’s Opportunity Hub, Sampson currently serves as Chief, 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), the nation’s largest minority owned multi-campus coworking space, entrepreneurship school, pre-accelerator and incubator headquartered in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. OHUB companies have raised over 5 million in seed capital, created over 50 high growth jobs and 125 indirect jobs in just two years. OHUB is home to Opportunity Code & Cofounders College (OC.3), a partnership with The Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, designed to develop more minority coders, software engineers and technical cofounders.
Opportunity Hub merged with TechSquare Labs in October 2015 to build out a 25,000 SqFt space near Georgia Tech and collectively create the largest diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem on the planet.
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 Sampson’s perception of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s economic ideals. Each year, Kingonomics’ conferences and events attract over 2,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, 500 teenagers and 100 accredited investors, experts and mentors.
Sampson is also an advocate and respected expert on the JOBS Act (debt and equity based crowdfunding) and State of Georgia’s “Invest Georgia Exemption” legislation. Always meditating, thinking, networking and connecting to disrupt economic culture, Sampson is innovating what he has branded as an “ecosystem crowdfunding platform” -designed to integrate the capital markets of the African American owned banks, churches, business associations and historical black colleges and universities. The platform will allow underserved and under-represented communities to learn, engage and invest in the investment ecosystem by providing access to relevant investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. The long-term outcome will result in job creation, wealth creation and a better society for all.
Throughout this journey, Sampson has maintained the creativity of his youth and early entrepreneurial career as an experienced advisor, integrated marketer, business developer and connector. Having worked very closely on Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ, Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe & The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, Sampson was tapped in 2013 by Mark Burnett to create the diversity and inclusion initiatives at One Three Media, a joint venture between Mark Burnett Productions and Hearst. One Three executive produces The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, ABC’s Shark Tank, Richard Branson’s “Space Race”, The Bible Series, Son of God & A.D: The Series. In Season 5 of the hit ABC show Sharktank, twelve minority owned startups were afforded the opportunity to pitch their companies for angel investment. In Season 7, Sampson negotiated for Troy Carter, Lady Gaga’s former manager and now a venture capitalist, to appear on Sharktank as a guest judge. Even in his advisory practice, Sampson is still working tirelessly to close the wealth gap while simultaneously shifting culture’s perceptions of minority entrepreneurs and investors.
Vetted with intuitive and experiential wisdom, Sampson is regularly called upon to advise and speak to nations, businesses, universities, and bishops who employ thousands and lead millions of constituents and communities around the world. Sampson’s published works include Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative “Currencies” for Transforming Your Business and Your Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Your Manifest Destiny: 7.5 Words to Transform Your Future; Yes We Will: Solutions for Realizing Your Personal Power in an Obama Era; and Black Trillions: Introducing Symbiotic Economics. His audio works include Any Day Now: Genesis of Divine Manifestation and Your Manifest Destiny: 15 Audio Meditations to Transform Your Future.
Sampson earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tulane University in 1995 and a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2001. He also completed studies in the Doctorate of Medicine program at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine from 1995 to 1999. For his dedication and commitment to definitive social causes at such a young age, Sampson received an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from the I.G.F. Theological Seminary in 1998.
Sampson also serves on the non-profit boards of Neyo’s Compound Foundation and the Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA).
A strong believer in global reinvestment, Sampson has been a friend of Africa. He has worked closely with the republics of Namibia, Gabon, and Uganda in the areas of trade and development, business development, leadership development, and public affairs. For his contributions to humanity, Sampson was awarded the Phoenix Award—the City of Atlanta’s highest honor—by Mayor Shirley Franklin in 2004. In direct support of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sampson, his wife, and a group of influencers in 2007 donated more than $50,000 to the King Papers Project, a capital campaign established to ensure that Dr. King’s papers would remain in the city of Atlanta at Morehouse College for generations to come.
Sampson and his wife reside in Atlanta, their native home, with their children.
- Veteran innovator, entrepreneur & angel investor
- Selective advisor and mentor
- Cofounded Multicast Media (StreamingFaith.com) in 2000, a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and ustream. Sold in 2010.
- Cofounded Intellectual Currency in 2001. Over the years, Intellectual Currency has provided high level advisory, integrated marketing and business development services for The Bible Series (Mark Burnett Productions), Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ (Icon Pictures); Walden Media’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Disney); and Keith Beauchamp’s The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (Think Film).
- Cofounded Intellect Inspire, a digital publishing imprint of Audible in 2006.
- Launched Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007.
- Became a cofounding partner of EFactor in 2007. Currently trades on the OTC Markets. Acquired Rocket Hub in 2015 for $15M.
- Recognized as a national expert the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) ACT a/k/a equity and regulation crowdfunding
- Served as 1st Executive -in- Charge of Diversity and Inclusion, One Three Media / Mark Burnett Productions (Producer of Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice, The Bible Series & Son of God & Richard Branson’s Space Race). Responsible for casting more black owned companies on Season 5 of ABC’s Sharktank than all previous seasons combined. Responsible for casting Troy Carter as a guest Shark.
- Cofounded Opportunity Hub (OHUB), the world’s largest black owned multi-campus coworking space, pre-accelerator and incubator in 2013. Merged with TechSquare Labs in 2015.
- 2015 Inductee into The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) Hall of Fame
- 2015 Recipient of The Commerce Department National Minority Medweek Access To Capital Award
- Author of four best selling books, including Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies For Transforming Your Business & Life: Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Consecrated bishop in The International Bishop’s Conference, an affiliate of The Old Holy Catholic Church in 2010
- Mentored by Dr. John C. Maxwell from 2004-2006; Trained more than 32,000 leaders in Namibia, Africa
- Speaks and advises nations, corporations, universities and churches
- Advised three African Heads of State (Namibia, Gabon, Uganda)
- Sampson’s definitive purpose is to disrupt poverty and facilitate the reduction of the wealth gap in America and beyond via innovation, entrepreneurship and investment.