RODNEY J. ROGERS
Rodney Rogers is recognized as a successful serial entrepreneur and expert technologist with more than 30 years in the technology services industry—known for his leadership contributions in the realization of two back-to-back “unicorns” (startups that achieve billion-dollar valuations).
Today, Rod operates as a founding partner of the Blue Lagoon Companies which develops, advises and invests in disruptive technology start-ups and next-generation technology companies. He serves as Chairman of the Board for UnitedLex, Inc., Lemongrass Ltd. and Bestmile S.A., as Lead Board Director for Beep, Inc., and as a Board Director for New Signature, Inc., Revenue Analytics, Inc. and agrematch Ltd.
Previously, he co-founded and led Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud company trusted by organizations worldwide to run their mission-critical applications—until its acquisition by EMC Corporation, which marked one of the largest private technology start-up exits globally. Rod then led Virtustream through its second successful post-merger integration in as many years, ultimately standing as one of Dell Technologies’ seven ingredient brands. Prior to Virtustream, Rod co-founded Adjoined, known as one of the fastest growing US-based IT services companies in the industry.
He’s a three time E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, an American Business Awards CEO winner, and was jointly recognized as Intel Capital’s Entrepreneur/Exit of the Year in 2015. Rod is also an angel investor and advisor to a variety of technology startups and the co-founder and director of The Blue Lagoon Foundation, a non-profit charitable giving organization.
Rod holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida and is the establisher of the Rodney & Judith Rogers Entrepreneurial Excellence Endowment for the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida. He also serves as an Advisor to the University of Florida’s Innovative Ventures Fund. In 2020 Rod was awarded the University of Florida’s prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award in recognition of his “achievements, demonstrated service, and exceptional leadership”.