Rodney Schwartz

Founder & CEO

Rodney Schwartz

Founder & CEO

Rodney Schwartz is CEO and Founder of ClearlySo, with a background in equity research, management, investment banking and venture capital. Joining Wall Street in 1980, he rose to become the number one ranked financial services analyst at PaineWebber and then held senior management posts at Lehman Brothers and Paribas, before leaving the sector in 1997 to found the fintech-oriented VC firm Catalyst.

A pioneer in the impact investment marketplace, he transformed Catalyst into a social business consultancy, which in 2008 morphed into ClearlySo, a business designed, “to help create 100 Justgivings”.  This seemed an exciting new style of company, which achieves significant impact (facilitated $6 bn in donations), disrupts a market needing disrupting (reducing cost of fundraising from 22% to 5%) as well as great financial returns (the company was sold for 20X the entry valuation of investors).

Rodney also teaches Impact investing at the Said Business School (Oxford) and the ESMT (Berlin), and is Former Chair of Shelter, The Green Thing, Spacehive and Justgiving, in addition to having served on many fintech firms. He holds an MBA and BA from the University of Rochester and has four adult children.