Hi, my name is Ivan Rapin-Smith.
Since 2014 I lead Watsco Ventures, the Startup Studio and Corporate Venture Capital division of Watsco, Inc, a $5B revenue fortune 600 company. Prior to joining Watsco I started and ran two Startup accelerators, one in Europe and one in the USA. I worked several years as a management consultant with a focus on operational effectiveness and was the cofounder of two Startups. I have a Masters in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in ICT from the Catholic University of Leuven.
The current focus of my professional endeavors is on how organizations can be resilient in the long term by embracing technology and innovation. I am also a student of how to live a happy, examined life.
I am currently based in Miami, USA with my wife and son. We moved from Brussels in 2011 and previously lived in Paris and Amsterdam.
I am an active member of the burgeoning Miami Tech ecosystem and very excited and bullish about the future of Miami.
This is my personal site. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
The newsletter is a good way to keep up to date with new content on the site. Since I try to write articles that stand the test of time here, I also use the newsletter to share more spontaneous thoughts, articles, stories and other rants with subscribers.