If "Data is the New Oil," then call Miami the global tech community's "New Middle East." Jeff Ransdell, venture capitalist and founder of Rokk3rFuel VC, explains why entrepreneurs and business owners are flocking to South Florida to build their companies.
Jeff sheds light on a slew of Miami-based startups -- from the Miami Beach-based electric scooter company Bolt, and AdMobilize, a revolutionary facial detection software being tested in Wynwood and Miami International Airport, to TaxFyle, dubbed the “Uber” of the accounting industry -- that are poised make waves in the Magic City's blossoming idea-to-exit ecosystem.
About Our Guest:
Jeff Ransdell is a venture capitalist building a portfolio of exponential technology companies at Wynwood Arts District-based venture capital firm Rokk3r Fuel ExO, which he founded in 2017 following a departure from the world of private wealth management.
Jeff approaches venture capital with a signature “founder focused, investor driven” mindset, shaped by two decades as a top executive of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. As a managing director and market executive of the financial powerhouse, he managed more than $130 billion of global private client investment assets, a P&L of $2 billion, and over 2,000 employees across the bank’s Southeast Wealth Management Division.
His transition to venture capital was motivated by what he saw as mounting evidence that opportunities to shape the economy and capitalize on innovation were steadily shifting from the public markets to the private markets. In the face of much skepticism, Jeff chose Miami, Florida, as the home base for Rokk3r Fuel, armed with an unparalleled rolodex and emboldened to leverage the city’s untapped resources and advantages.
Today, Rokk3r Fuel manages a $200 million fund and has a portfolio of almost a dozen companies, such as HYP3R, AdMobilize, Taxfyle, and Eyrus. Jeff is regularly called upon to share his insights on the global economy with outlets such as the CNBC, CBS and American City Business Journals. Keep up with Jeff and Rokk3r Fuel via Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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