Managing Director


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DePaul University (M.B.A.)

Northern Illinois University (B.S.)
Political Science

Work Experience:

The NutraSweet Company

Senior Corporate Vice-President; President Food and Nutrition Sector; President Monsanto Consumer Products; Vice-President and General Manager NutraSweet; President NutraSweet Europe

Searle Pharmaceuticals
Controller U.S. Pharmaceuticals

Masonite Corporation
Financial Manager

Financial Analyst

Thomas Miner & Associates, Kuwait
Input/Output Economic Study

Nick Rosa

Q & A

Q. What's your story?


I founded Sandbox with my friend and colleague Bob Shapiro. The goal for Sandbox was to create a place where business creation and exploration could thrive.

Q. What inspires you?


I have always been interested in the creative process… how do great ideas erupt, how can I create an environment that encourages creativity, and how can I empower people to beyond whatever they think is possible. I am constantly inspired by the people involved in Sandbox… I love the juxtaposition of our unique culture with the diversity of our people.

Q. Why Sandbox?


It is really tough to zero in on one thing, but I cherish the idea that we are constantly opening new doors of opportunity. It is exciting to know that Sandbox today is far different from what it was a couple years ago and will most assuredly be different two years from now; it is constantly changing, evolving, and finding new opportunities while being true to our core cultural values: honesty, help not harass, welcome all ideas, advantaged investing, collaboration, flexibility, and value people.

Q. Where can we find you outside of work?


I have eclectic tastes outside of work… I love discovering new places, from time to time I like to golf, I am a foodie, I love film… in February you can find me in Maui.

Connect With Me!


Founder and Managing Director Nick Rosa interviewed by Bytes Over Bagels

June 27, 2013

Check out the coverage on Built In Chicago, or listen to the full interview on Bytes Over ... [more]

Rosa, Nashif, and Myers Named to Techweek 100 List

April 10, 2013

The Techweek 100 List for 2013 is out, and three members of the Sandbox family were named to it ... [more]

Nick Rosa guest mentors on WSJ's The Accelerators blog

March 20, 2013

Sandbox Industries Co-Founder and Managing Director Nick Rosa was invited to be a guest mentor on ... [more]

Managing Directors Nick Rosa and Paul Brown Quoted in Crain's Piece on Chicago Startups

October 2, 2012

In a piece published by Crain's Chicago Business titled, "Startup fever grips Chicago companies, ... [more]

Managing Director Nick Rosa named one of TechWeek's 2012 100 Most Innovative Names in Chicago

June 22, 2012

In honor of TechWeek 2012, TechWeek named the top 100 most innovative names in Chicago - one of ... [more]