Rodney Sampson is heralded as the leading inclusive startup ecosystem builder in the world, particularly given his passion and mission to ensure that socially disadvantaged and under-represented communities have equitable exposure and access to the modern day multi-generational wealth creation opportunities afforded in the innovation economy as definitive paths to reducing poverty and closing the wealth gap everywhere.
At the beginning of the 21st century, Sampson cofounded, built and sold two technology companies, including Multicast Media Technologies (Streamingfaith) and EFactor (EFCT). During this time, Sampson also built Intellectual Currency, a world class integrated go-to-market, business development, publishing and diversity and inclusion advisory firm with clients ranging from major Hollywood film studios and cable networks to tech companies and global corporates and publishers to African heads of state and the leaders of the leading black church denominations.
A recognized authority in authentic diversity, inclusion and equity, Sampson previously served as the 1st Head of Diversity and Inclusion at One Three Media, a joint venture between Hearst Media and Mark Burnett Productions, executive producers of hit shows like ABC's Sharktank, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, Survivor, Ben Hur and Son of God: The Movie. In his first season on Sharktank, Sampson increased the intersectional diversity of the founders who pitched on the Emmy award winning show and negotiated for Troy Carter (Lady Gaga, Atom Factory, Spotify) to appear as a guest shark.
In 2013, Sampson cofounded Opportunity Hub as a follow up to the highly successful Kingonomics' book release and large-scale conferences in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. OHUB, as it is affectionately known, grew to become the largest black owned multi-campus entrepreneurship center and technology hub in the United States specifically focused on diversity and inclusion as a business and investment thesis for the dev
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