Linda Rottenberg

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Linda Rottenberg
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Linda Rottenberg
Alma mater Harvard College
Yale Law School
Occupation CEO & Co-founder of Endeavor
Spouse(s) Bruce Feiler
Children 2

Linda Rottenberg is an American businesswoman and New York Times bestselling author. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that pioneered the field of high-impact entrepreneurship. Her book, Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, was published by Penguin Random House in October 2014.[1]

Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by US News & World Report and one of 100 “Innovators for the 21st century” by Time Magazine, Rottenberg is considered one of the world's most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, emerging markets, innovation, and leadership. She has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, The Economist, People, and the Financial Times and has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, MSNBC, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg. In addition, Rottenberg was named “Ms. Davos” by Business Insider in 2011, Veuve Clicquot's Businesswoman of the Year in 2008, and featured in Dell's “Take Your Own Path” advertising campaign. She was referred to as the world's "Mentor Capitalist" in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat and as the “entrepreneur whisperer" by Good Morning America and NPR.

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. She also serves on the board of directors of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure that is listed on the NYSE, and on the advisory council of Abraaj Capital, an $8 billion global private equity firm.


Rottenberg co-founded Endeavor in 1997 with the mission of leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best High-Impact Entrepreneurs around the world.[2] Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor has since grown to more than 350 employees and over 20 affiliates throughout North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe. Over a thousand Endeavor Entrepreneurs have been selected to date screened from over 40,000 candidates, creating 400,000 jobs and generating annual revenues of $7 billion.[3]

Rottenberg is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Council on Foreign Relations and the World Economic Forum. The Forum has named her a “Global Leader for Tomorrow,” “Young Global Leader” and “Leading Social Entrepreneur”.


Rottenberg received her J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A. magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard College.

Personal Life[edit]

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.



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  8. ^ "2003 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2003. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2004 Young Innovator". Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
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  11. ^ "Queen Urges Public-Private Partnerships to Create a Culture of Giving". Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
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  14. ^ "Woman of the Year". Retrieved 2009-11-02. 


  • Linda Rottenberg's February 2009 Keynote address at Harvard Business School's Social Entrepreneurship Conference [1]
  • Harvard Business School case study (2009): "Endeavor: Creating a Global Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship" [2]
  • Harvard Business School case study (2003): "Endeavor: Determining A Growth Strategy" [3]
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business case study [4]
  • "The Davos Awards: The 25 People And Companies Who Just Won The World's Most Prestigious Event" (Business Insider, January 2011) [5]

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