He is a serial entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Akamai Technologies.
Kaplan is an active venture investor and is the managing partner of JUMP Investors, a Los Angeles-based venture capital and private equity firm.
Kaplan grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with Highest Distinction. After graduation, Kaplan moved to Chicago to attend the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law at Northwestern University. Kaplan is on the Northwestern Law Board, has been a guest lecturer at Northwestern Law School, and received the school’s first Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in 2006.
In 1996, Kaplan started his business career where at age 27 he was hired to be the Assistant to the Chairman at SunAmerica working closely with its then founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Broad