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Erik Ford

Founder & Managing Partner, Renn Global

Bio Current as of February 21, 2024

Erik Ford is a global citizen and technology investor whose career is marked by a profound commitment to leveraging capital and innovation to foster global development. Having lived in South Africa, Argentina, Germany, and Silicon Valley, while also directing institutional investments with partners in Asia and the GCC, Erik has become a central figure in leading high-impact initiatives within the public and private sector. His career achievements include orchestrating over $1 billion in successful investment portfolios, establishing him as a leader with an exceptional track record in identifying and nurturing transformative opportunities.

At the helm of Renn Global Management LLC, Erik spearheads a revolutionary approach to private investing, aiming to create a trillion-dollar global bridge connecting institutional investors and private wealth with investment opportunities through the innovative use of an AI investment platform: CQ. This initiative is a testament to his vision of integrating technology with investment strategies to redefine the future of private investing.

In addition to his leadership at Renn Global, Erik is the founder and driving force behind Renn Labs, a proprietary venture studio and advisory firm specializing in AI applications across investments, media, and e-commerce.

Erik’s influence extends to his roles in mentorship and education, serving as a resident Venture Capitalist mentor at Stanford University’s ASES program and delivering impactful talks at institutions such as Brown University and Google. His contributions to governance and philanthropy are highlighted by his board membership at the Symphony of Americas, special selection to the Milken Institute’s Young Leaders Circle, and co-founding the Financial Literacy for Kids Foundation. Additionally, his foundational work with the University of Tampa’s Entrepreneurship program, which ranks among the nation’s top 15, showcases his commitment to nurturing entrepreneurial talent.

Erik’s academic journey includes executive education in Corporate Entrepreneurship, and Mergers & Acquisitions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, further solidifying his expertise and leadership in the ever-evolving landscape of global investment and innovation.