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Based in San Francisco, Roger Spitz lived and worked in 10 global cities across 3 continents. He has two decades of investment banking experience advising CEOs, boards, decision makers and shareholders of companies globally.
As the former Head of TMT M&A with BNP Paribas, Roger advised on over 50 Technology transactions across the world with overall deal value of $25bn, and which raised $2bn in capital. He launched the bank’s US M&A practice in San Francisco and spearheaded its European Technology investment banking franchise in London, including creating a Digital Corporate Finance studio advising companies on future-proofing through Strategic Partnerships, Investments and M&A.
In 2015, Roger founded Techistential (#technology #existential), initially as a platform to contribute to the education of Innovation & Disruption, on how Exponential Technologies redefine the future. Today, Roger spends his time as an independent adviser, investor, board member and developing Techistential into a global Foresight Strategy & Futures Thinking practice.
Roger’s training in this field includes studying with the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, MIT, Santa Fe Institute, Stanford’s Design Thinking d.school, Singularity University, University of Houston. Roger is also a member of the Foresight Institute and World Future Society.
With an early career in venture capital, Roger is a startup adviser including at Berkeley’s Research Accelerator (SkyDeck) & Incubator (CITRIS Foundry), Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and Singularity University Ventures.

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