About Rod D. Martin
Rod D. Martin, founder and CEO of The Martin Organization, is a technology entrepreneur, futurist, hedge fund manager, author and conservative activist from Destin, Florida. Fox Business News calls him a “tech guru”, Britain’s Guardian labeled him a “philosopher-capitalist”, Gawker called him “another of Peter Thiel’s brilliant nonconformists,” and George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management introduced him as “America’s foremost [conservative] expert on online politics.”
Dr. Martin is an investor, director or officer in numerous ventures, specializing in the Internet and biotech spaces. He is especially noted for his role as a member of the pre-IPO startup team (specifically, Special Counsel to the CEO) at PayPal.com, a Silicon Valley legend, which is today the dominant payments provider on the Internet. Launched during the dot-com bust by a team whose average age was just 23, PayPal amassed more than 25 million users in just over two years and was the first dot-com to successfully transition its user base to a paying status through use of the “Freemium” model. PayPal successfully drove giant competitors such as Western Union, AOL and Citibank out of its market and conducted the first successful post-bust technology pure-play IPO, ultimately merging with eBay for more than $1.5 billion. More important still, PayPal enabled an entrepreneurial revolution, helping to create literally millions of small businesses around the world, and provided a previously impossible level of monetary security for the masses by providing free offshore accounts denominated in the user’s choice of major currencies.
PayPal’s alumni — the so-called “PayPal Mafia” – have been profiled in numerous publications including Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for their disproportionate influence on the culture and direction of Silicon Valley and the Internet. PayPal’s former employees have launched more successful companies in a shorter time than those of virtually any other company in history. Some of the more famous of these include YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yelp, Geni, Yammer, Rapleaf, Quantcast, CapLinked, Slide, Powerset, Palantir, Ironport, Xoom, Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
Following his wife’s successful bout with breast cancer, Dr. Martin and partner Jim Czirr led the takeover and restructuring of Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GALT), the world’s pioneer in the area of galectin technologies, where he currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. GALT’s lead candidate drug promises to greatly enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy agents while nearly eliminating their side-effects. The company is currently entering human trials with a drug which has successfully reversed liver and kidney fibrosis in animals.
Among other ventures, Dr. Martin is also Chairman of the Board of FlowPay, the award-winning industry leader in mobile payments solutions for churches and non-profits; a founder and managing partner in the 10 X Fund, a technology-focused venture fund; an advisor to CapLinked, a collaborative platform for entrepreneurs, private investors and advisors to find each other, build relationships, and transact business; and a founder of Agincourt Ventures, “a collaboration of several Apple and PayPal alumni making magic”. Dr. Martin is also a founder and Executive Chairman of Advanced Search Laboratories, which is developing an entire new generation of internet search tools.
In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Martin is one of America’s leading experts on the conjunction of technology and politics. He serves as President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, and previously served as Policy Director for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. He is also a member of the Gold Circle and Board of Governors of the Council for National Policy, a group of top conservative leaders from around the United States; and a member of the Arlington Group, a coalition of America’s principal Christian activist leadership, and former chairman of its National Security Committee. Presently, along with several colleagues from PayPal and Apple, he also leads The Vanguard Project, which seeks to develop a state-of-the-art technology platform for driving and empowering large-scale activism.
Dr. Martin studied political and economic thought at Cambridge University in Great Britain and is an award-winning civil rights scholar. He was elected student body president at Baylor Law School, has served as faculty for the Alliance Defense Fund’s Blackstone Fellowship program, belongs to the Federalist Society, and serves on the boards of several pro-liberty public interest legal groups, including the Gotham Legal Foundation in New York and the Everglades Legal Foundation in his home state of Florida.
Dr. Martin is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution (General Joseph Martin Chapter, named for his fifth great grandfather), chairs the Grace Hall Shakespeare Society, and holds Life Memberships in the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. He is deeply involved in charitable work aimed at alleviating global poverty, has raised significant sums for private K-12 scholarships for disadvantaged children in the United States, and serves on the boards of several charitable foundations, including the Board of Governors of Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) and the Board of Regents at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
A noted futurist, activist, and thought-leader, Dr. Martin’s extensive writings have appeared in such publications as FoxNews.com, Human Events, The Daily Caller, WorldNetDaily, The American Spectator, World magazine, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Manchester Union-Leader, the San Francisco Examiner and Diario Las Américas, and he has been featured on numerous national radio and television news programs. He has written or edited several books, including Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America (Thomas Graves Edition, 2011), The Federalist Papers (Thomas Graves Edition, 2010),
and Thank You, President Bush: Reflections on the War onTerror, Defense of the Family, and Revival of the Economy (2004). He also serves as Series General Editor, Thomas Graves Classics in the History of American Liberty, and his Visions of America and The Imperative of Excellence are forthcoming. He is married to Sherri, and is the proud father of Dolly, Archer and Haley.