Linda Rottenberg

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Linda Rottenberg
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Linda Rottenberg
Alma materHarvard College
Yale Law School
OccupationCEO & Co-founder of Endeavor
SpouseBruce Feiler

Linda Rottenberg is an American businesswoman and author. She is the author of Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that encourages the power of entrepreneurship.

Rottenberg was named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News and one of TIME's 100 "Innovators for the 21st century." She lectures at Fortune 500 companies. Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. ABC and NPR declared her "the entrepreneur whisperer," journalist; Thomas Friedman dubbed her the world's "mentor capitalist," Business Insider named her "Ms. Davos," and she was known as "la chica loca"[1]

She serves on the board of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure (NYSE: ZAYO). She is a member of the Inter-American Dialogue, Council on Foreign Relations, and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the entrepreneurship steering committee of the World Economic Forum.

Early life and education[edit]

Originally from Newton, Massachusetts,[2] Rottenberg received her J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A. magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard College, where she was a National Merit Scholar.[3]


Rottenberg co-founded Endeavor, an organization encouraging high-impact entrepreneurs, in 1997. Headquartered in New York with 50 offices across the globe, Endeavor identifies, mentors, and co-invests in individuals with the biggest ideas.[4] After spawning entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world, in 2013 Endeavor started work in the U.S..

Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today, Strategy + Business, People, Glamour, and MORE, and has appeared on GMA, The Today Show, Morning Joe, Nightline, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News. Dell featured her in its "Take Your Own Path" ad campaign and Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year.[citation needed]

Rottenberg also wrote Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, which was published in 2014.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rottenberg lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.[6]



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  13. ^ "2004 Young Innovator". Retrieved 2009-11-02.
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  • 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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