Meet The Team

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Randall Kaplan
Chief Executive Officer

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Randall is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist.  Randall is a co-founder of Akamai Technologies, a content delivery and security software company that serves nearly 30% of the world’s web traffic, is a member of the S&P 500, employs nearly 8,000 people with 64 offices in 28 countries, and had $3.2 billion in 2020 revenues.

Randall is also the founder and CEO 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-to-late-stage technology companies including Google, Seagate, Lyft, and Chime.  JUMP is also an active investor in real estate, private equity, hedge funds, and public equities.

Randall is also the founder and CEO of Sandee, a travel company focused on the promotion of beaches and beach tourism around the world whose mission is to create the world’s first beach brand; the co-founder and Co-CEO of Thrive Properties, a real estate investment firm specializing in the ownership, management, leasing, and redevelopment of properties in primary markets throughout the United States; and the owner and CEO of CollarCard, LLC, a promotional products company that makes patented men’s collar stays that are sold 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 companies, has been an active public speaker, and has mentored more than 200 students through JUMP’s annual summer internship program.

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 selected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year, and Randall also graduated from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law with honors.  Randall has served on the board of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law for 20 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 24 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 $7 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 co-founder of The Imagine Ball, a charity concert that has raised over $1 million for Imagine LA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness in Los Angeles.  Randall also serves on the board of directors of National Center for Victims of Crime, an organization dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

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 11 years after this student graduated from UM and subsequently 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 for students with an interest in pursuing a future career in business.

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

Randall is also an accomplished drone photographer, and his coffee table book Bliss featuring his beach photos from around the world will be released in June 2021.

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

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Kevin Vo
Vice President

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Kevin is a Vice President at JUMP Investors, where he is responsible for analyzing and evaluating new investment opportunities as well as monitoring and supporting current investments.  Kevin is also a  Manager for our portfolio company, Sandee, where he helps lead the company’s operations, strategy, business development, and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining JUMP Investors, Kevin was an Analyst at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. in the investment banking division, where he focused primarily on strategic advisory and M&A transactions in the energy industry.  Before that, he worked in the equity research division at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. as an Associate covering power and utility companies.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University.  While at Texas A&M, Kevin was involved in many student-led and professional organizations, including the Business Fellows Program, Startup Aggieland, Progressively Reaching Excellence in Professionalism, and the SUMMIT Conference.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys being active outdoors, is an avid tennis player, watches sports (especially Texas A&M football), travels frequently, and loves to try exotic foods.

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Christian Borges
Associate

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Christian is an Associate at JUMP Investors, where he is responsible for analyzing and evaluating new investment opportunities as well as monitoring and supporting current investments. Christian also helps lead the operations, business development, and marketing efforts for portfolio companies, Sandee, Thrive Properties, and River City Restorations.

Christian is an entrepreneur with a background in marketing, operations, and CPG development. His breadth of work experience ranges from production optimization to startup fundraising and scaling. Since graduating, Christian has founded multiple CPG companies and continues to help start-ups with their business development, fundraising, and strategic efforts. Christian is most passionate about building companies by seeking new opportunities and creating successful partnerships.

Christian graduated from University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s in Economics and a minor in Economic History. While at UC Davis, Christian co-founded the UCD Club Basketball Team in addition to participating in other professional organizations
In his free time, Christian enjoys playing basketball, restoring vintage cars and motorcycles, and finding the best breakfast burritos in LA.
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Tanner Caldwell
Associate

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Tanner is an Analyst at JUMP Investors, where he is responsible for analyzing and evaluating new investment opportunities as well as managing and supporting current investments. Tanner is also a Project Manager for our portfolio company, Sandee, where he helps manage the company’s operations, business development, and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining JUMP Investors, Tanner was as an account executive at Genius Fund in the business development division, where he focused primarily on strategic revenue growth and sales across the fund’s portfolio companies. He also has a technology background designing websites and executing online, paid marketing plans.

Tanner earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University. While at SMU, Tanner was involved in student-led, and professional organizations including, the Entrepreneurship Club and SMU’s Finance Mentorship Program.

In his free time, Tanner enjoys spending time at the beach, is an avid surfer and soccer player, watches sports (Padres, Chargers, and Lakers), and continuously searches for the best street tacos.