The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce today announced that Rubicon Global Founder and CEO Nate Morris will be inducted into the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame this November. Morris is the youngest ever to receive the honor.
Founded in 2010 and now run by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame’s mission is to raise awareness of the impact that entrepreneurship has made in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, while encouraging others to pursue similarly ambitious endeavors.
Rubicon has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and as an Industry Disruptor by Inc. A ninth-generation Kentuckian, Morris was born in Lexington and raised by a single mother with the help of his grandfather, who was a United Automobile Workers leader.
In 2008, Morris and high school friend Marc Spiegel started Rubicon Global in Kentucky.
Morris used a $10,000 line of credit, maxed out credit cards and sold items on eBay to fund initial expenses, including the Rubicon website and basic legal work.
Intent on building a different kind of technology company outside of Silicon Valley, Morris founded Rubicon Global with the mission to end waste while using the free market to bring positive change to the world.
Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inductees include iconic business leaders Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, restaurant entrepreneur and Churchill Downs, Inc. director; John Y. Brown, Jr., former governor of Kentucky; David Jones, Sr., founder of Humana; Carol Martin “Bill” Gatton, namesake of the University of Kentucky Gatton College; Bruce Lunsford, health care entrepreneur; Bill Samuels, Jr., former CEO of Maker’s Mark; Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken; Chris Sullivan, founder of Outback Steakhouse; and William T. Young, legendary thoroughbred owner.