Fran Hauser is a venture capital investor, digital media veteran, and an advocate for women and kids. She is passionate about connecting people and inspiring change.
An active investor, Fran is a partner at Rothenberg Ventures ("RV"). Through her work at RV and as an angel investor, she has actively supported dozens of innovative companies including ZADY, LevoLeague, Hullabalu, Rent the Runway and HelloGiggles and has invested in some of the most promising companies in digital media and e-commerce.
Before diving into the world of venture capital, Fran spent 15 years in the digital media space, holding President and General Manager positions at Time Inc., AOL and Moviefone. She played an integral role in the $400mm sale of Moviefone to AOL and in building PEOPLE.com into one of the most successful women's websites.
Fran speaks frequently about topics such as career building, digital media and investing in and by women. She also writes regularly for publications such as Inc., Women 2.0, and Bedford Magazine, appears on CNBC's Power Pitch and serves on the Executive Advisory Board for Techweek New York. In 2015, Fran's decision to join Rothenberg Ventures was featured as a Harvard Business School case study; she also received the 2015 W Award from the YWCA of the City of New York, which honors change makers who are working to improve the lives of women. In 2014, 40 Over 40 selected Fran as one of 40 Women to Watch Over 40, a distinction that honors women who are reinventing, disrupting and making an impact. That same year, she was also named one of the Six Most Powerful Women in New York City's Tech Scene by Refinery29 and was honored as a Global Champion of Women on International Women's Day. In 2011, she was honored by the Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York for strong leadership and was also named to Folio magazine’s annual “Folio: 40," a list honoring magazine and media industry influencers. She was recognized in 2009 as one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch”, and was inducted into Media Industry Newsletter’s (MIN) Digital Hall of Fame in 2008.
A passionate advocate of women and children around the globe, Fran is a funder of the PBS documentary Half the Sky, Board Chair of GlobalGiving and an advisory board member of 92Y Women inPower, Rent the Runway's Project Entrepreneur, WomenOne and TIA Girl Club. She lives in Bedford, NY with her husband and two darling boys.