Rod Ford

Rod Ford is an entrepreneur and investor. Rod is the the founder and managing partner of xCelerate Capital, a seed stage venture fund focusing on technology investments in the mid-south. He also serves as chairman and CEO of Bourbon and Boots, a Southern lifestyle brand.

Prior to founding xCelerate, Rod was a contract CEO with nGage Labs, hired to turn the company around and rebrand it. He founded an analytics innovation center for the Scottsdale based company in Little Rock and developed a predictive personalization engine to power the company's mobile engagement solutions. He left nGage Labs in August 2014. 

Prior to nGageLabs, Rod was founder & CEO of CognitiveDATA, Inc. After a successful launch and a client base that included over 300 retail customers, Ford sold CognitiveDATA to Merkle, Inc. in 2009.

A Mechanical Engineer by degree and has successfully started and operated four technology startups; each of which delivered disruptive technology innovation into its respective industry.