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 one of the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, emerging markets, innovation, 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” advertising campaign; Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year; and Tom Friedman dubbed her the world’s “mentor capitalist” in The World Is Flat.
The CEO and co-founder of Endeavor, Linda Rottenberg pioneered the field of “high-impact entrepreneurship” – a strategy to identify, mentor and invest in the fastest growing businesses to transform communities. Headquartered in New York with 350 employees and 20 affiliates throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe, Endeavor supports and co-invests in business innovators demonstrating the greatest potential to go big. Since 1997, Endeavor has screened 37,000 candidates and handpicked nearly 1,000 entrepreneurs who’ve created 225,000 high-wage jobs and generate more than $6 billion annually. In 2013 Endeavor brought its pioneering model to the U.S.
A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Rottenberg is a member of YPO, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Economic Forum. She also serves on the board of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure. Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Economist, Strategy + Business, People, and the Financial Times, and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg. In 2011, Business Insider dubbed her “Ms. Davos.”
A native of Newton, Massachusetts Rottenberg lives in Brooklyn with her husband, best-selling author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters, Tybee and Eden. Her book, Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, will be published by Penguin Random House in October 2014.