Active investing is a strategy involving the acquisition of investments and then taking a highly involved role in the management and operation of them. They rely on hundreds of strategic methods – including fundamental analysis, technical analysis and macroeconomic analysis – with the goal of determining profitable future investment trends.
At z9 Capital we believe that Venture Capital can, and should, have a positive impact on the way we live and connect with each other every day – we call this Passionate Venture Capital. It’s a simple philosophy but it’s one that inspires each and every investment decision we make. We choose to invest in and partner with entrepreneurial teams with “first generation” technologies or business ideas that we believe have the potential to contribute to a sustainable future.
We’ve been living and breathing the entrepreneurial life for years and now we want to help others make their dreams come true. Our passion is for creating opportunities and developing value. We believe in a simple philosophy of recognizing entrepreneurial teams with leading technologies and ideas, investing and partnering with those teams, and making a dent in the universe.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is a Partner, Vice President, Business Development of z9 Capital. Mr. Rodriguez is a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played at the competitive professional level for more than 24 years and who statistically is considered the greatest defensive catcher in MLB history. On the field, Mr. Rodriguez was the recipient of numerous achievements and awards, including, MLB’s all-time games leader as catcher, 7 time silver slugger winner, 2003 World Series champion (Florida Marlins), 2003 NLCS MVP, 1999 AL MVP, 14 time All-Star, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Latino Hall of Fame. After Mr. Rodriguez’s retirement from baseball, his love for the game endured and to this day he continues to be involved in the sport through his involvement as the Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Texas Rangers, coaching of various major and minor league ballplayers as well as his work as a sports analyst for Fox Sports South West. Off the field, Mr. Rodriguez has and continues to be a well-versed businessman taking on a wide range of investments both domestically and abroad. Pudge also enjoys donating and giving his time to many different communities and non-profit organizations because giving back is a virtue he holds close.
Nandy Serrano has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining z9 Capital, Mr. Serrano was a representative for a large insurance company, a financial advisor affiliated with a wealth management company, and an independent advisor with a well-known broker-dealer. Mr. Serrano is registered to offer investment products and appointed to offer Life Insurance and Annuities in Florida. Nandy currently holds his Series 6, 7, 24, 63 & 65 securities registration, and has earned the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS), Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL), and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) designations.In addition to the passion Mr. Serrano exhibits daily in his professional life, he also firmly believes in giving back to the community. Since 2000, Nandy has been involved with the Seminole Boosters, helping his Alma Mater provide assistance to student athletes. Additionally, Nandy is currently supporting the South Florida community through his active involvement with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan G. Komen, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Davie Ranch Foundation and the American Cancer Society – all causes near and dear to his heart.Always having a love for sports, Mr. Serrano played collegiate baseball at his alma mater, Florida State University, and thereafter continued in professional sports as a member of the Anaheim Angels organization. Mr. Serrano also participated in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain as a part of the Puerto Rican Olympic baseball team. As a member of the same team, he won a Silver Medal in the 1991 Pan American games in Cuba.Fluent in both English and Spanish, Mr. Serrano passionately serves both the American and Hispanic communities with ease. He has enjoyed the South Florida lifestyle since 1993 and his greatest achievements to date are his two girls, Sydney and Savannah.