Randall Kaplan

Founder and President, JUMP Investors, LLC

 

Biography

Randall Kaplan is the founder of JUMP Investors, an angel network of experienced and successful Internet and business entrepreneurs that invests in and helps to build early-stage Internet companies. Since its formation in 1999, JUMP has made over 20 investments.

In August 1998, Mr. Kaplan co-founded Akamai Technologies, an Internet content and applications delivery company with market capitalization exceeding $24 billion. From August 1999 through May 1999, Mr. Kaplan served as vice president, business development, where he assisted companies with initial financing which, included participation of many strategic angel investors. Prior to founding Akamai Technologies, Mr. Kaplan served as managing director, corporate development at SunAmerica Inc., a financial services company with over $120 billion in assets.

Mr. Kaplan serves on the board of directors of The Brain, LLC and on the board of advisors of Need2Buy.com and MyContracts.com. He is a member of the board of directors of Bet Tzedek Legal services and the founder, producer and chair of The Justice Ball, a charity event for young professionals. Mr. Kaplan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

Jump Investors, LLC

JUMP Investors, LLC is a Los Angeles-based active investor network that invests in early to late-stage Internet and other technology-related companies. The JUMP network consists of approximately 50 experienced Southern California Internet entrepreneurs, executives and business professionals who have been invited to join based on their professional accomplishments, integrity and desire to help entrepreneurs build world-class technology companies. Each JUMP portfolio company benefits from the combined relationships and experience of the investor network. JUMP Investors is the premier investor network in Southern California. JUMP prides itself on being a friend of the entrepreneur. For each investment opportunity, JUMP carefully chooses a premier group of investors from our network who can create value and act as advisors, mentors and strategic partners to the company. JUMP does not charge a management fee or a "carry" to its investors. Instead, each JUMP investor agrees to be active and "work" in exchange for the opportunity to invest. Since its inception in 1999, JUMP has invested in over 30 companies, including TheBrain.com, Business.com, Change.com, Community Connect, CoolSavings, Icebox, IPNet Solutions, iWin.com, MyContracts, Need2Buy.com, TeraBeam Networks, ViaFone and Xdrive.

Announcements - Guest speaker Randall Kaplan

We are fortunate to be able to welcome Randall Kaplan as a guest speaker in our IOM 532 evening class on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Randall is a Co-Founder of Akamai (www.akamai.com), a leading Web infrastructure provider, and Founder and President of JumpInvestors (www.jumpinvestors.com), a Los Angeles based venture capitalist. Among its investments are well known firms such as TheBrain Technologies (www.thebrain.com), a developer of knowledge management tools, and Xdrive Technologies (www.xdrive.com), a provider of digital storage solutions.

The guest lecture is scheduled to begin at 6:30 PM in the Edison Auditorium in the Hoffman Hall building of the Marshall School of Business.

As usually, I am inviting all of my MBA student as well as the members of the Marshall Strategy Club.

 

 

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