Meet Noah Roffman — NorthOut’s New SVP of Innovation & Community

We at NorthOut are pumped to announce officially that Noah Roffman has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Innovation & Community. In this new role, Noah is taking on assisting both startups and enterprises in finding creative ways to develop innovation strategies, engage the technology community, and stay ahead of digital disruption. He joins NorthOut to help us double down on our success providing user experience, product development and strategy expertise to some of Boston’s largest brands and most promising early stage companies.

Noah and I chatted a bit on his story and personal mission 
— excited to share it!

Quick description of your backstory

I’ve been an entrepreneur and worked with small businesses for much of my career. Early in my career, I was a trader for Datek, one of the first on-line brokers. Meeting with some early success, I went on to found a couple of small businesses, before pivoting my career towards technology. After attending the Startup Institute, I went on to work for a few years at the Mass. Technology Leadership Council, where I became a “Startup Guru” for the organization. As a Director there, I worked to connect various startups to in-network companies, services providers, marketing and visibility opportunities, and more. That experience gave me the opportunity to work with and assist companies both large and small throughout the wide variety of fields of technology now emerging in Boston, including Mobile, Software, Robotics, IOT, Big Data and Healthcare. I am excited to continue, to expand and to build upon that role in coming to Northout.

What got you excited about joining NorthOut?

I’m joining NorthOut because I view the company as perfectly positioned to not only benefit from the innovative technology emerging in Boston, but also involved in shaping the nature of that technology. NorthOut is taking an aggressive approach towards both fostering innovation inside larger brands, which is not always common in Boston, and getting in the weeds helping startups build and connect with the community.

I want to be at the cutting edge, on the front lines, and at the intersection where I can continue to connect these exciting founders and companies, with the traditional, enterprise technology leaders and companies throughout the broader community.

Impact is everything and I plan on having a ton here at NorthOut.

How you’re going to help put startups and enterprises on Innovation Offense?

With MassTLC, I quickly learned that despite the perception that it was a technology-based organization, it was, in reality, a people-organization. It brings people together, regularly, around topics of technology, but, it does so to provide a platform for a community of people, interested in not only learning, but more so, in coming together.

I plan to bring that philosophy to Northout, and to empower the companies I work with to help connect them with the broader Tech and Boston communities. I can help to accelerate connections for these companies, and help to broaden possibilities for them. Working with Northout’s impressive development component, and its valuable strategic consulting capabilities, I plan to add a strong well developed network that will empower the companies that we work with to go immediately on Innovation Offense.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to take advantage of the great outdoors surrounding Boston: I love skiing in the winter all over New England, I’m at the beach in the summer, and I love hiking with my family on the off seasons.

I gotta hear the Donald Trump story!

Years before he became President, I was able to leverage Donald Trump’s propensity for firing people to get my first real job in college. When Donald Trump built his Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, a Wall Street Analyst, by the name of Marvin Roffman (no relation), wisely told investors that Trump would not be able to meet his new debt obligations, because he would simply be taking gamblers from one casino into a newer, larger, more expensive one. Donald Trump called up the Bank, to have Marvin Roffman fired. A big law suit ensued, about the rights of an Analyst to tell investors not to buy a security. In those days, analysts only told people to buy.

At the time, Marvin Roffman’s phone number was unlisted, and my father, Martin Roffman, had a listed phone number. My family was fielding calls from all of the major news outlets, ABC, CBS, NBC news. And we had a silly-sounding Simpsons answering machine message. And we were getting a lot of calls asking for comment.

So, a short while later, when I became interested in pursuing a career on Wall Street, I looked up Marvin Roffman, who had started a money management firm with the money he won by successfully suing Donald Trump. When I called Marvin on the phone, and told him the story, he hired me quickly. So, in a way, I can thank Donald Trump and his love of firing people, for getting my career started off in a successful direction.

How can someone get in touch with ya?

Simple, Noah Roffman, noah@northout.com

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