Roger Frank is an entrepreneur, angel investor, banker, strategist and global citizen. He has traveled and worked in over 90 countries and in multiple sectors with a strong focus on technology, agriculture, fashion and social ventures. He has done pioneering work at the intersection of capital markets and social enterprise for which he won a Fast Company Award on creating new models for financing social change.
He has raised over $2BN from investors which includes many landmark transactions in multiple countries, industries and capital types from angel rounds through IPOs. His unique expertise has enabled him to maximize value for entrepreneurs through carefully mapped and executed funding strategies. His approach to value creation includes building strategic partnerships and business development for the companies he works with.
He has an MBA, International Finance, NYU Stern School of Business and BFA, cum laude, University of Delaware, where he is on the Advisory Boards of The Horn Program and Department of Fashion & Apparel Studies. He is on the Board, University of the West, a Buddhist affiliated University, and CIO of their endowment fund. He speaks conversational German and Spanish and is a baseball haiku poet. Publications include the Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Barron’s, Fast Company and Chronicle of Philanthropy.
- Secret: Think horizontally at all times. Break down silos. There is nothing new, just recycled ideas repackaged. The man who put the eraser on the pencil is a genius.
- Market: The market is a cruel teacher and never wrong, it just sometimes takes a while to get there. Listen. Listen more carefully the next time.
- Model: Daniel Boone once said: “I was never lost but I was once bewildered for 3 days”. Cherish your bewilderment.
- Resources: There are never enough of them. Too bad. Figure it out.
- Team: Yankees. Blue Hens. Arsenal (English premier league). As a lifetime soccer player, I learned the value of team at the age of 8. Teams have only become more important since then. Make sure you’re on the right one.