Meet The Team

Randall Kaplan
Chief Executive Officer

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Randall is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a passion for working with and mentoring talented, hungry entrepreneurs who have a great work ethic and want to create long-lasting companies.

Randall is a co-founder of Akamai Technologies, the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet fast, reliable and secure for its customers.  Akamai serves nearly 25% of the world’s web traffic, is a member of the S&P 500, has 6,600+ employees, and had $2.4 billion in 2017 revenues.

Randall is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of JUMP Investors, a venture capital firm that also functions as his family office.  Since its formation in 1999, JUMP has invested in more than 60 early-stage technology companies.  JUMP is also an active investor in real estate, private equity, hedge funds, public equities, and cryptocurrencies.

Randall is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sandee, a travel company focused on the promotion of beaches and the beach tourism market around the world.

Randall is also the owner and Chief Executive Officer of CollarCard, LLC, a 10-year old fast-growing promotional products company that makes patented men’s collar stays that are sold in more than 30 countries throughout the world.

Over the past 20 years, Randall has been an advisor to more than 50 companies, has served on the board of directors of many private companies, and has served on the board of directors of one public company.

Prior to co-founding Akamai, Randall served as Managing Director / Assistant to the Chairman at SunAmerica where he worked closely with its former founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eli Broad and former Chief Executive Officer Jay Wintrob on both mergers and acquisitions and on special projects prior to SunAmerica’s sale to AIG for $18 billion.  Prior to SunAmerica, Randall practiced corporate, securities, and tax law for several years.

Randall graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Distinction and was only one of 10 students to earn Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, and Randall graduated from Northwestern University School of Law with honors.  Randall has served on the board of Northwestern University School of Law for 19 years, and previously served on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan for 18 years.

Randall also has a passion for helping others.  In 1996, at the age of 27, Randall started The Justice Ball, a charity concert that several years after its formation became one of the country’s largest under-40 fundraisers and also one of the leading philanthropic events in Los Angeles.  During the past 20 years, Berlin, Billy Idol, The B-52’s, Macy Gray, Nelly, Sugar Ray, The Psychedelic Furs, The Go-Go’s and other leading acts have performed at The Justice Ball, helping it attract more than 30,000 attendees and raise more than $6 million.  For 10 years Randall served on the board of Bet Tzedek Legal Services – the beneficiary of The Justice Ball – a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal services annually to more than 12,000 poor, sick, elderly, and homeless residents of Los Angeles County.  Randall is also the founder of The Imagine Ball, a charity concert he created for Imagine LA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness in Los Angeles.

In addition to his philanthropic efforts through The Justice Ball and The Imagine Ball, Randall established the Julia Eder Dean’s Scholarship at the University of Michigan in honor of his grandmother – an all-expenses, all-tuition scholarship for a student who, like Randall’s grandmother, was raised in foster care.  More than 10 years after this student graduated from UM and then earned a master’s degree, this student has become a member of Randall’s immediate family and is a social worker, motivational speaker, mother, wife, and homeowner.  In addition to this scholarship, Randall also endowed a permanent full-tuition, need-based scholarship at the University of Michigan.  Over the last 19 years, Randall has also mentored more than 100 students through JUMP’s annual internship program.

Randall has been an active public speaker and has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern Law School, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and USC’s Marshall School of Business.  In 2006, Northwestern Law School presented Randall with the school’s first Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.  In 2001, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Randall with the Einstein Technology Medal on behalf of The Jerusalem Fund.

When he’s not working, Randall loves to wakeboard, toss the football, fly his drones, and most importantly spend time with family.  Randall lives in Los Angeles with his incredible wife, four amazing children, and mischievous dog Karma.