Rodney Sampson is a social innovator, serial entrepreneur, investor, author, and consecrated bishop. Via his Episcopal affiliations with the Old Holy Catholic Church (International Bishops Conference) and Kingdom Manifestation, Sampson shapes innovative economic policy and opportunities throughout society and culture. 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 Intellect in 2002, Intellect Inspire in 2006, and Legacy Opportunity Fund in 2007 with private equity investments in technology, digital publishing, travel and financial services. At present, Sampson is building Opportunity Fund, a U.S.-based super crowd fund and crowdfunding platform designed to provide underserved and under-represented communities access to investment opportunities traditionally reserved for accredited and institutional investors. He also serves on the boards of a learning company (an imprint of Pearson Education), a New York-based merchant investment bank and a community development corporation (CDC).
Sampson is passionate about reducing our nation’s poverty and wealth gap by advancing the cause of entrepreneurship, investment and Crowdfunding as a way of life for all communities. To advance this definitive cause, he serves as Executive-In-Charge of 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 and ABC’s Shark Tank. He is also the Founder of Kingonomics, the nation’s leading access to capital certification platform for minorities and under-served communities. On the ground, he is the co-founder of the Opportunity Hub, an entrepreneurial eco-work space, knowledge repository and alternative-funding center for startups and growth stage companies located at 200 Peachtree in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Opportunity Hub, the nation’s only Black owned co-working space is the intersection of innovation, culture and capital. Sampson is also an advocate and respected expert on the JOBS Act (equity based crowdfunding) and State of Georgia’s “Invest Georgia Exemption” legislation.
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 studied 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.
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.
- Serial innovator, entrepreneur & investor
- Co-founded Multicast Media (StreamingFaith.com) in 2000, a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and ustream.
- Recognized as a national expert on equity based Crowdfunding (the JOBS ACT)
- 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 and Richard Branson’s Space Race)
- Co-Founder of Opportunity (O) Hub, a co-working eco-space and funding accelerator at 200 Peachtree in Downtown Atlanta
- Sampson’s Intellectual Currency Agency provided high level advisory, integrated marketing and business development 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).
- 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
- 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
- Sampson’s definitive purpose is to facilitate the reduction of the wealth gap in America and beyond via innovation, entrepreneurship and investment; and showing others how to do the same