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Rodrigo Mallo Leiva


Rodrigo is Partner at SOSV, where he leads the New York early-stage life sciences investment team, focused on the intersection of biology and engineering. He's passionate about how founders can engineer science to solve most of the world's biggest challenges. Rodrigo has been involved in sourcing and executing over 60 deals in the last 4 years; he currently provides support to over 60 companies in his portfolio. He sits on the boards of Algiknit, Visusnano, and Chronomics, and serves as a mentor for The Founder Institute, Techstars, and Startup Chile.

Before his venture career, Rodrigo founded four LatAm companies in the food, gaming, and digital advertising industries.

He is a regular speaker at Slush, Vivatech, Dublin Tech Summit, and Biofabricate, among others, and is an Ambassador for the MIT Technology Review in Europe.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Rodrigo dropped out of law school 2 weeks prior to graduation to start a company, and spent the next decade as an entrepreneur. He became an angel investor after selling TheFanLeague, an Argentina-based gaming company. Rodrigo holds executive education qualifications in venture capital from UC Berkeley.

After spending time in New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Ireland, Rodrigo now lives in London with his wife; he is an avid sneaker collector.

Rodrigo is serving his fellowship as a member of Class 24 at SOSV with mentor Jonno Elliott, Managing Director at Virgin Management.