LEADERSHIP

Rokk3r Fuel is the dedicated investment group inside Rokk3r Labs. The founding team has decades of front-line experience in entrepreneurism, regulated investing and global brand building. We have a diversity of experience partnering with and consulting for Fortune 500 companies, family offices and governments as well as creating, building and selling a number of exponential companies.

The Rokk3r Fuel team works closely with the senior leadership of Rokk3r Labs to help lower the inherent risk associated with early-stage investing and increase the rate of return for our investments.

 
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jEFF RANSDELL

Rokk3r Fuel Founding Partner / Managing Director

Jeff's business career began at age 14 when he started his first company. By the time he was 24, he had built and sold three startups. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1994 as an advisor to private clients. Over the next 20 years, he held many senior level leadership roles on Wall Street. As a member of the operating committee, Jeff helped redefine the financial services offering at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and reported directly into the head of wealth management. In his last role, Jeff was ultimately responsible for $138 billion of global private client investment assets

Jeff is fully licensed with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority covering all asset classes including venture capital, financial planning, selling of publicly traded securities, and supervision and control of financial securities broker dealers. His licenses include Series 6, Series 7, Series 9, Series 10, Series 63, Series 65.

His experience as a senior C-Level executive with verifiable year-over-year success, achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives within start-ups, turnaround and rapid change regulated environments both domestically and internationally has given him a conservative perspective into venture capital investing.  

His international finance knowledge has been critical to our thinking about opening access for offshore clients to participate in U.S. venture eco-systems. His years of leadership development have been instrumental in helping our investment founders think through the strategies of building their companies and leading their teams.

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JONAS TEMPEL

Rokk3r Fuel Founding Partner / Managing Director

Jonas Tempel can be best described as a creative entrepreneur. He began his entrepreneurial journey by founding Factory Design Labs, Inc. in 1996. Factory humbly started as a boutique graphic design firm and matured into a full service creative agency servicing a roster of global clients.

In 2002, Jonas joined with friends to incubate a new venture aimed at disrupting the record store retail model. As a long time DJ, Jonas saw the early emergence of digital content and sought to create a global e-commerce platform to help accelerate the migration from physical to digital retail. In January 2004 the team proudly launched Beatport.com, which permanently altered the global retail landscape. Over time, Beatport further grew to become the leading cultural icon of electronic dance music providing a global catalog of content uniquely organized to meet the demands of professional DJs and their fans. Jonas successfully lead all fundraising efforts including the $1 million angel round and the $12 million Series A investment led by Insight Venture Partners. From 2002-2010 Jonas served as founding partner, CEO and Chairman. Beatport was sold in 2013 to SFX for $60 million.

Upon leaving Beatport, Jonas was recruited to Los Angeles to help design and implement the initial strategic foundation of Beats Music, a sub brand of Beats Electronics or better known as Beats by Dre. Beats Electronics was sold in 2014 to Apple for $3.2 billion. Beats Music was subsequently rebranded and is today called Apple Music.

As well as founding companies, Jonas is also an investor and board member in many exciting ventures in the media and tech spaces. He continues to focus his entrepreneurial spirit on building new businesses and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.

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Chris KILROY

Managing Principal 

Chris brings more than 20 years of investment experience to our clients and partners with roles that have included National Sales Director for AIG/SunAmerica Asset Management and Western Divisional Manager for The American Funds, an 85-year old organization that manages more than $1.4 trillion of client assets. Chris was the co-creator and distribution leader of one of the largest all-equity closed-end funds in Wall Street history with the launch of the Focused Growth Fund. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the AIG career achievement award. Chris holds series 7, 63, 65 and 26 licenses.

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Paul J. Landaiche

 Managing Principal

 

Paul Landaiche is Managing Principal of Rokk3r Fuel. Before joining Rokk3r, Paul was the founder and managing director of Elite Practice Management, which helped successful entrepreneurs scale their businesses through innovation and technology.

He is the former Director of RIA Growth at Dynasty Financial Partners, a firm that provided investment professionals with a suite of services and solutions to develop their wealth management practices. His primary responsibility was to oversee the merger and acquisition activity of many of the most successful Registered Investment Advisors in the industry.

Prior to that, Paul spent 15 years at Merrill Lynch leading over 1,000 wealth management and private banking professionals, spanning from sales teams, to operations teams and support staff. His experience as an advisor, consultant and executive at Merrill Lynch, representing over $15 billion in assets and $100 million in annual revenue, makes him a leader in the financial services industry, as his business units consistently displayed exponential growth rates and were lauded for exceptional client relations.

Paul is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College and has served on the boards of Goodwill Industries, Ronald McDonald House, the Florida Grand Opera and the Symphony of the Americas Society. He also supports numerous charities including the American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Tocqueville Society of the United Way, Catholic Charities and the Bruce Museum.

CHRISTOPHER STALEY

Rokk3r Fuel Principal and Analyst

Christopher Staley is Principal and Analyst of Rokk3r Fuel. Prior to this, Christopher was the second employee at Rokk3r Labs and has helped grow the company to over 100 people, in 6 global cities. He has been an integral part of building a portfolio of 40 companies and has managed the full product life cycle for 4 of Rokk3r Labs’ portfolio companies, thus bringing a hands-on approach and experience to company building.

Most recently, at Rokk3r Labs, Christopher worked directly with the CEO to manage Public Relations initiatives and to identify growth opportunities for the portfolio companies. Prior to that, Christopher was in charge of defining and executing innovative business development strategies, including engaging with local, national and international business communities to identify target entrepreneurs for Rokk3r Labs. During his time in this role, Christopher was responsible for the majority of new sales and lead the entire process, from lead generation to contract negotiation and closing the sale. Additionally, he developed key strategic partnerships with corporations, educational institutions, angel investors and VCs to grow the Rokk3r Labs portfolio.  

His first two years at Rokk3r Labs were focused on managing and working alongside product architects, designers, strategists and engineers to implement the Rokk3r exponential methodology. This included defining the first versions of each platform to be launched, by managing the entire discovery, design and development process, through to the delivery to the partner and launch to market.

Christopher is originally from Switzerland, was raised between Lugano, Zurich, London, and graduated from university in Boston. Throughout the course of his global upbringing not only did he become fluent in 4 languages with conversational skills in 2 others, but he brings a very unique perspective to company building.

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NABYL CHARANIA

Rokk3r Labs Co-founder

As CEO of Rokk3r labs Nabyl shapes the global vision, direction, and expansion of the company. Nabyl is anathema to “technology thinkers” who simply pontificate about web and mobile technologies. He is a doer and an executioner with a track record. Prior to cofounding Rokk3r Labs, Nabyl built software companies and guided them to successful exits. With a focus on exponentially growing the Rokk3r Labs portfolio of companies, Nabyl oversees worldwide partnerships, and Rokk3r Labs’s intellectual property portfolio.

Previously, Nabyl has built and grown successful software companies, developed R&D teams as well as managed over 200 direct reports as the Director of Engineering at Convergys Corporation. His legacy includes developing and deploying SMS billing platforms, downloadable ring-tone systems, developing a global VoIP/SIP based call center architecture, and driving large-scale reduction of global deployment costs through smart IP based tools. Nabyl transitioned to Convergys when Opence Inc., the software consulting start-up he played an integral role in forming and growing from a 2 person to a 20 person team, was acquired by Convergys.

Nabyl is a mathematician by education and is a strong believer in applying analytics, game theory and social trends in developing algorithms, software and products that are not only functional, but are intuitive and fun to use.

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GERMAN MONTOYA

Rokk3r Labs Co-founder

German is Chief Strategy & Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs. He sets, communicates and executes the strategic direction of Rokk3r Labs and its portfolio companies. As a creative leader, Germán is responsible for developing new and engaging ways to enhance value and recognition of the Rokk3r Labs brand globally.

Previously, Germán was part of the DDB family, and served as part founder of the specialized mobile unit Rokk3r. Before that, Germán led Cyclelogic’s strategic and commercial efforts as Marketing Vice President for 4 years. Other experience includes 10 years as consultant for Accenture, spending most of his time in strategic functions within the financial services industry.

Germán is an economist by education, having studied extensively with a degree from Cornell University and a fellowship from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. German believes technology is today’s biggest creativity driver. New thoughts and ideas are made possible thanks to new technology, and due to the democratization powers of mobiles and other wireless technologies. He is passionate about creating for the new world.

JUAN MONTOYA

Rokk3r Labs Co-founder

Juan manages regional concerns related to operational activation, stability and efficiency in Rokk3r Labs multiple geographic locations. He leads key strategic legal and financial initiatives critical to Rokk3r Labs’ expansion plans. Juan has overseen the initial operational growth and expansion of the company in the US and Colombia and was instrumental in establishing the infrastructure that supports products and companies in the Rokk3r Labs portfolio today. Juan has overseen the creation of key data indicators to help Rokk3r Labs become a metrics-driven organization. He has supported the co-building of 30 portfolio companies and advised businesses on the opportunities in distribution and monetization of mobile app content. 

Prior to co-founding Rokk3r Labs, Juan worked as an economist and consultant, leading teams in projects for private and public institutions in multiple industries. His strengths in leading teams are complemented by a passion for quantitative analysis, which was developed and honed through engagements on billion-dollar data initiatives for large institutions. His past clients include The US Treasury, IFC/World Bank, Freddie Mac, Univision and the Central Intelligence Agency. In these roles he has driven results through helping businesses gain greater insights into their markets, improving operational efficiencies, 

Juan holds a Masters in Public Policy, International Commerce from George Mason University.

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Mark Lyn

Rokk3r Fuel

Having a comprehensive background as a businessman, investor, developer and philanthropist, Mark has led diverse projects in multiple industries. After attending Yale University, Mark began trading on the American Stock Exchange for Speer Leads & Kellogg, in addition to specializing on the CBOT, CBOE, New York Stock Exchange, and Chicago Mercantile. He founded Luola LLC, a sister company to Bank Express, specializing in ATM machines and credit card processing for premiere businesses in NYC, Miami, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, and London. 

Later, Mark served as an advisor to Google’s upper management, building out the family office, Hillspire LLC, where while managing over $10 billion in assets, he became involved in many real estate and business development ventures. Mark led financing for many condo and hotel projects like Chiltern Firehouse (London) and The Beekman (NYC). As an advisor to the board, Mark oversees a wide range of incoming projects to ensure successful alignment with investment portfolios.