Endeavor - Global, Co-founder & CEO
Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, Linda Rottenberg is considered one of the world’s most dynamic and respected experts on entrepreneurship, business opportunities in emerging markets, and innovative leadership for the new economy. For years, she has motivated audiences of Fortune 500 managers to think like entrepreneurs and develop their global know-how.
As CEO and co-founder of Endeavor, Rottenberg pioneered the field of “High-Impact Entrepreneurship,” the global phenomenon of using high-growth business to transform economies. Headquartered in New York and Silicon Valley with 15 affiliate offices throughout Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia, Endeavor identifies, mentors, and co-invests in the most promising emerging-market entrepreneurs. The 700 Endeavor Entrepreneurs selected to date, screened from more than 30,000 candidates, have created more than 200,000 high-wage jobs and generate annual revenues of $5 billion.
Rottenberg has been the subject of three case studies published by the Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She was named one of 100 “Innovators for the 21st century” by TIME magazine. Dell, Inc. featured her as a Hero in its “Take Your Own Path” global advertising campaign, Veuve Cliquot named her Business Woman of the Year in 2008, and Tom Friedman named her the world’s “Mentor Capitalist” in his bestseller,The World Is Flat 2.0.
In 2011 she was named to the Forbes "Impact 30." Dubbed “Ms. Davos” by Business Insider, Rottenberg served as co-chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and currently serves on the Forum’s global steering committee on entrepreneurship. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Rottenberg is also a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Council on Foreign Relations and an expert judge for the McKinsey-Harvard Business Review awards.
Having assembled an unparalleled network of the world’s foremost business leaders and investors, Rottenberg is often sought out for her ability to understand new trends in global business: “After 20 years of traveling from Rio to Riyadh, Johannesburg to New Delhi to Istanbul, I have come to understand the power of thinking BIG and thinking globally. You cannot understand the world today without understanding what is happening in the world’s growth markets. And I believe even the largest corporations can integrate an entrepreneurial mindset into their culture.”
She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, author Bruce Feiler, and identical twin daughters.