Rod Martin - Keynote Speaker

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Meet Rod Martin

Rod D. Martin, member of the “PayPal Mafia,” technology entrepreneur, futurist, fund manager and author, is founder and CEO of The Martin Organization and an in-demand speaker who has spoken on over 1,000 stages. Human Events says, “Whether speaking to groups of 10 or 10,000, all across the nation Rod draws the crowd in, bringing them to tears or lifting them to their feet at will. He’s friendly, jovial, self-deprecating. You can’t help but like him.”

Just “a poor kid from Arkansas” turned Silicon Valley success story, Rod has a unique blend of southern gentleman and savvy business acumen that is sure to stimulate, educate, inspire and motivate any audience.

Rod is a Cambridge-educated serial entrepreneur with big achievements. As Appeals Court Justice Paul Pressler puts it, he “has a knack for turning everything he touches to success.”

Rod’s technology career began at Silicon Valley legend PayPal, where he was a senior advisor to founder and CEO Peter Thiel during the company’s startup phase, IPO, and multi-billion dollar sale to eBay. Later, he founded his own hedge fund and struck out on his own. In 2009, Rod and one of his partners led the takeover and turnaround of Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GALT), which is now developing a drug that, in early studies, has successfully reversed fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

Among other ventures, Rod is:

  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Advanced Search Laboratories, which is developing an entire new generation of Internet search tools
  • Founder and Managing Partner of 10X Capital Management
  • Founder of Agincourt Ventures, “a collaboration of Apple and PayPal alumni making magic”
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of Global PET Imaging, which is systematically upgrading patient access to state-of-the-art diagnostics
  • An director and investor at, “the of the Energy Industry”
  • An advisor to Caplinked, described as “LinkedIn-meets-Salesforce for private investing”

Rod draws from his experiences to lead audiences all over the world to exceed their dreams, become leaders in society and industry, and change the world around them for the better.

Rod is highly civic minded, and is one of America’s leading experts in public policy and the mass empowerment of citizen activists through the Internet. He has served as Policy Director for former Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has been elected President of two national political organizations, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the elite Council for National Policy.

Rod is also deeply involved in charitable work aimed at alleviating, and eventually eliminating, global poverty. Around the world, from China to Honduras, governments seek his counsel on issues of fundamental reform. At home, Rod has raised large sums for scholarships for disadvantaged children. He serves on the boards of several charities, including Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), the Institute on the American Future and The 150 Year Foundation. He is also active in the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination.

Rod believes travel broadens the mind and encourages mutual understanding, and he has seen much of the world with his wife and best friend, Sherri. He is also the proud father of Dolly, Archer and Haley, and grandfather of baby Annabelle, who has thoroughly wrapped him around her tiny finger.

Rod’s passion is to educate, motivate and inspire people to think, do and become more than they believe possible. Whether speaking to college students, Fortune 500 executives or political leaders from across the globe, Rod is sure to inspire your audience, leaving them excited and motivated to take on the world!

Most Requested Speaking Topics

Rod is available to speak at select events on various topics as seen below or he can customize a presentation for YOUR specific audience.

The Noblest Profession

Though sales and selling are constantly derided, salesmen move the world. Rod powerfully argues that salesmen and entrepreneurs work tirelessly benefiting others, and that all human progress depends upon them.

Starving Student to Silicon Valley Success

Rod will motivate your audience to exceed their dreams and become the leaders and innovators of this generation. He includes illustrations from his own experience rising from small-town America to the pinnacle of success at PayPal.

The Century Ahead

As one of America’s leading futurists, business leaders and technologists, Rod charts out the next 50 to 100 years in spellbinding detail. He gives insights into how your unique audience can maximize success in the very different world unfolding before us. For college audiences, he gives particular attention to the career choices your students should consider.

The Imperative of Excellence

Rod will inspire your audience toward the levels of excellence exemplified by companies such as PayPal and Apple, and demonstrates that excellence should typify every area of their lives. Audience members will be inspired and motivated to exceed their own expectations and dreams, and to lead those around them into a better future.

Student Favorite

What Is Your Calling?

Many students start—and even finish— college without a clear idea of their purpose in life. Rod tackles this head-on, providing students with a vastly expanded view of what’s possible for them, a deep understanding of the purpose and meaning of their work in school and in life, and motivation to truly excel.

Check Rod’s Availability

To Schedule Rod to Speak Contact: Haley Martin

Phone: (415) 685-3488

981 Highway 98 East, Set 3289 Destin, Florida 32541

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About Rod D. Martin

Rod D. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, author and conservative activist from Destin, Florida.

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Peter ThielRod is one of our nation’s leading minds. He’s smart, original, and very committed—a combination that one rarely finds. Peter Thiel

Rod D. Martin is a technology entrepreneur, venture capitalist, hedge fund manager, author and conservative activist from Destin, Florida.