Mike has always had an eye for talent and a an affinity for math. In high school he earned a position in the 2001 Math Olympiad in Washington D.C. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from Stanford School of Engineering. After working several years for major U.S. management consulting and private equity firms, he attended Harvard Business School (HBS) where he earned an M.B.A.
The genesis of Rothenberg Ventures comes directly out of Mr. Rothenberg’s time as a student at Harvard Business School, where he was first introduced to the concept of launching an early stage venture capital firm with limited capital. Rothenberg succeeded in making a reality of the venture capital business model that was taught to him at HBS. In fact, he received a tremendous amount of praise from venture capital industry leaders, was ranked number one in frontier technology investing by numerous firms including Goldman Sachs, and secured investment allocations on behalf of the funds he managed in a number of high-profile venture investment opportunities, such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Matterport, and Gusto.
His unique eye for talent in his identification and conviction to invest in people ready to build the world’s most valuable startups manifested in Rothenberg Ventures’ position as the very first venture investor in an incredible constellation of now successful startups, including Robinhood, Patreon, Vicarious Surgical, Dronebase, Homebase, and Andela, among many others. Any venture capitalist who seeded these companies over the course of a career would be considered successful by almost any measure. Rothenberg was able to identify and invest in all of these startups in less than 3 years.
Rothenberg Ventures continues to hold a highly valuable and growing portfolio that attracts interest from private equity investors today.