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Linda Rottenberg

Co-Founder & CEO, Endeavor

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For more than a decade, Linda Rottenberg was known as la Chica Loca (the Crazy Girl) for insisting that high-impact entrepreneurs exist in emerging and developing markets. She proved the skeptics thoroughly wrong. Rottenberg is co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit company Endeavor, which selects, mentors, and co-invests in promising entrepreneurs in 30 countries and a number of underserved US markets. With this support, Endeavor entrepreneurs have transformed their local communities, generating over $20 billion in annual revenues and creating more than 3 million jobs. In addition to overseeing the Endeavor Catalyst fund, designed to invest exclusively in Endeavor entrepreneurs and sustain Endeavor’s operations, Rottenberg currently serves on three corporate boards and is a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities. In her bestselling book, Crazy Is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, Rottenberg draws on her unmatched experience in entrepreneurship to lay out a roadmap for getting started and growing bigger.