Co-founder & CEO
Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, intrapreneurship and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg has been the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dell featured her in its “Take Your Own Path” campaign; Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year; and Tom Friedman dubbed her the world’s “mentor capitalist.”
Ms. Rottenberg is the CEO and co-founder of Endeavor, the first global organization focusing on the “scale-up” phase of entrepreneurship. Headquartered in New York with 350 employees and 20 affiliates throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe, Endeavor identifies, mentors, and co-invests in “high-impact” entrepreneurs — business innovators demonstrating the greatest potential for growth. Since 1997, Endeavor has screened 40,000 candidates and handpicked nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs who’ve created 400,000 jobs and generate $7 billion annually. In 2013 Endeavor brought its model to the U.S.
Ms. Rottenberg’s book, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, will be published by Penguin Random House in October 2014. In her book, Rottenberg argues that entrepreneurship isn’t just for young dropouts in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, or a mom-and-pop, everybody needs the mindset to think and act like a changemaker. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring, and maybe even a little crazy, or risk being left behind.
Ms. Rottenberg is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Presidents Organization (YPO). She serves on the board of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure, the advisory board of ABRAAJ Capital, an $8 billion global private equity firm, and the entrepreneurship steering committee of the World Economic Forum.
Ms. Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Economist, Strategy + Business, People, MORE, and the Financial Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. In 2011, Business Insider dubbed her “Ms. Davos.”
A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and native of Newton, MA, Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.