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Bio

Rodrigo is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Expon Capital, in charge of sourcing opportunities in North America, UK, Ireland, Spain and Portugal.

After earning his Computer Science Engineering degree at EPITA in Paris, France in Systems – Networks – Security, he started his career working with industrial, banking, retail and media clients for two large consultancies co-creating the Internet security, Internet strategy and online marketplaces practices. In the following 10 years, Rodrigo has also led a number of digital strategy assignments as a free-lance consultant for public multi-billion revenue companies working closely with both the executive committees and CEOs.

After getting two MBAs (from the Sorbonne University, and later at INSEAD with an exchange term at The Wharton School), he co-founded in 2002 and later ran Glowria*, a video-rental and VOD service, that quickly became #1 in France and #2 in Germany. In 2005, he also co-founded and ran vpod.tv*, an award-winning multi-media content management software aimed at Fortune 500, with operations in France and Spain. Both had significant venture-capital financing and were acquired.

In 2009, he became an active business angel and startup mentor (see http://angel.co/rodrigo) and later co-founded Expon Capital in 2015, a venture capital firm with 70m€ under management. His current areas of interest as an investor include blockchain, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and Internet infrastructure.

He is a frequent speaker at events worldwide, a regular jury member at startup competitions and occasional lecturer in top graduate schools. Rodrigo has also participated in over 300 podcasts in the past 10 years (“French Connection” at LCI Radio, “On Refait Le Mac”), always commenting on the business side of technology.

In his spare time, Rodrigo is an avid traveler, B&W photographer, genealogist, wine enthusiast (DipWSET in 2019) and enjoys opera, fine dining, biking and snowboarding. Rodrigo is a Chilean national, fluent in French, English and Spanish, and has working knowledge of German, Italian and Thai.