Draper Goren Holm appoints new venture partner

Draper Goren Holm, a Los Angeles based venture firm led by Tim Draper, Alon Goren, and Josef Holm, has appointed Rodney Sampson as the team’s newest Venture Partner.

Previously in his career, Sampson successfully co-founded, built and sold Multicast Media Technologies (Streamingfaith.com) for USD24 million in 2010, and was a previous partner and remains the largest minority LP at TechSquare Labs whose investments are valued at well over USD1.5 billion. Today, he is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution and Executive Chairman of OHUB, the leading inclusive ecosystem building platform to ensure that everyone, everywhere is equitably represented in the future of work, fourth industrial revolution and beyond as a path to shared prosperity and multi-generational wealth with no reliance on pre-existing multi-generational wealth. 

“Rodney will play a key contribution to Draper Goren Holm’s strategy to diversify our deal flow. We are excited to have him on board as he brings the grit, deep industry insight, and entrepreneurial spirit we need to build the next generation blockchain hub in Los Angeles and beyond,” says Draper Goren Holm’s Founding Partner Alon Goren.
Rodney Sampson says it was a 'no brainer' in deciding to join Draper Goren Holm, considering the team’s extensive history together. 

“Alon, Josef and I met each other at a crowdfunding event in Las Vegas almost ten years ago, while Tim and I judged a pitch competition for 43North in Buffalo three years ago," he says. "Considering our many previous successful collaborations, I couldn’t be more excited to join their team to bring the future of blockchain technologies and startup to market; and as a platform for equity as we work to solve our planet and society’s hardest challenges.”
Furthermore, Rodney’s background in kickstarting a startup pre-accelerator, launching over 300 events per year, and working closely as an advisor to high growth startups and seed-stage venture funds directly align with the post-check value creation Draper Goren Holm continues to provide for their portfolio companies.
Josef Holm, Founding Partner of Draper Goren Holm, adds: “It is an exciting time for us to be able to welcome Rodney. He will play a key role in scouting the industry’s top projects, ensuring we continue to make investments into the best entrepreneurs this space has to offer.”