Our Team


We’re experienced investors and entrepreneurs, and we’re on a mission to help build and grow young technology businesses across geographies.

Erik Ford

Erik Ford

Founder/CEO, Renn Global | Venture Partner, GMO Venture Partners

Erik founded Renn Ventures in 2015 to help the GMO Internet Group launch their US investment and business operations. He is the US Venture Partner for GMO Payment Gateway Inc and GMO VenturePartners. Based in San Francisco, Erik leads the investment, business development, and innovation discovery in the US. To date, the US portfolio represents 30 companies across industries such as technology infrastructure, FinTech, e-commerce, AI, and IoT.


Erik has been a founder and entrepreneur across some of the most innovative ventures in e-commerce. Erik’s initial experience included investment banking and private wealth management at leading firms. He earned a B.S. in International Business while helping found the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Tampa. He also holds certificates from Stanford University GSB on M&A and Corporate Entrepreneurship.

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