Black Dragon Capital is represented by a team of industry professionals with strong financial backgrounds, operational experience and track records with an emphasis on applying capital mandates for early-stage, expansion and leveraged buyout situations in both private and public companies.
Louis Hernandez Jr., Founder, Managing Director and CEO
Louis Hernandez Jr. is the founder, managing director and CEO of Black Dragon Capital. He is a primary investor and is the visionary for the firm’s unique strategy for creating market-leading companies. His focus and passion are to advance technology initiatives that enable the active collaboration between individuals, teams, and businesses to reshape industries and provide value.
Hernandez formed the private equity firm after years of successfully operating, advising and investing in companies in all phases of development, completing debt and equity financing in both private and public transactions, and advising companies, their boards of directors, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Before he started Black Dragon Capital, Hernandez created more than $2.3 billion in value and outperformed Nasdaq by 5.5 times where he monetized his investment position. From this experience, he created his investment methodology outlined in the Black Dragon Playbook™, the Black Dragon Leadership Index ™ and the Black Dragon Way™, which are used as guideposts for building market leading companies that generated significant investment returns.
The award-winning entrepreneur has founded, invested in, and advised technology organizations from initial launch stage to large publicly traded companies. He was executive vice president at RoweCom and chairman and CEO at Open Solutions, both rapidly growing early-stage companies that he grew to hundreds of millions in revenue and guided both through their respective initial public offerings and subsequent strategic sale at exceptional value.
He also led the massive turn around at Avid, a technology and multimedia company, as its chairman and CEO, and founded Payveris, a fast-growing cloud-based money movement platform company. He was an investor or advisor to Unica Corporation, Mobius Management Systems, ScoreBig, iCongo/Hybris, and Ryff among others.
He was advisor to N.R. Narayana Murthy, founder and former CEO of Infosys, on technology strategy and global expansion and has served on numerous corporate boards, including global organizations such as HSBC North America Holdings, HSBC USA, Edison International, and on industry boards such as National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Berkeley School of Music. Banking Technology News Inducted Hernandez into its Innovators Hall of Fame and listed him as a Top 25 Innovator in financial technology.
He is the author of three books, “Saving the American Dream,” “Too Small to Fail,” and “The Storyteller’s Dilemma.” Given his expertise in business and technology, he often is called on to appear on Fox Business, CNBC, ABC News, and Bloomberg TV, where he discusses technology, economics, strategic planning, and globalization. He is a frequent speaker at major events in a variety of industries, including the KPMG Leadership Conference.
Through his philanthropic organization, A Little Hope Foundation, Hernandez advances equal opportunity for all children by helping to provide the tools and capabilities they need to fulfill their life purpose and become constructive members of our global community. In recognition of his efforts, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation named him a Community Leader of the Year.
Hernandez was deeply involved with regional economic development serving on numerous economic policies, technology expansion, hospital, science center and educational boards.