The 60 Minute Harvard MBA: 15 Key Business Lessons – Part 2


Speaker: Itamar Frankenthal, owner and CEO of Rose Batteries
Meeting Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm Networking; 6:30 pm Management Forum/Guided Networking;
7:00 pm sandwich dinner; 7:30 pm Presentation
Early-Bird: $12 IEEE members, $15 non-members; At the Door: $20
Location: National Instruments, 4600 Patrick Henry Drive, Santa Clara, CA
Directions: click map at right

Management Forum / Guided Networking: Bring Your Management Challenge;
Arrive by 6:30 PM to join this exciting Management Forum. Following informal
networking is a guided discussion typically related to the topic of the evening’s
after dinner talk, or of general Technology Management interest.
Light Dinner: This month we’re continuing with our light dinner format
— typically sandwiches, salad, drinks, and cookie or similar light dinner.


This is a continuation of a very popular talk we had on December 2017. Please join us for an encore/recap and more insights into business leadership. 

60 Minute Harvard MBA: 15 Key Business Lessons – Part 2 (slides)
Growing up in a fourth generation family business, I was always curious why some businesses prospered while others stagnated or even failed. I focused my studies at Harvard Business School on small to mid-size businesses, finding their smaller size and flatter organizations made it easier to decipher the “signal” from the “noise.” In small and midsize businesses, authentic leadership, sound judgement and calculated decisions often have greater impact than market forces and industry trends. Post-graduation, I set out to acquire a business to grow and in that process evaluated over 1,000 businesses in over 200 industries, providing even more insight into what makes a quality and sustainable business. In the presentation I will share with you 15 key business lessons I learned both at Harvard and in my search for a business. I will demonstrate how I applied them to successfully grow my business.

Speaker Bio:
Itamar Frankenthal is the owner and CEO of Rose Batteries (, Silicon Valley’s largest manufacturer of custom industrial battery packs servicing IoT, instrumentation, communication, smart grid, UPS and medical industries. At Rose, Itamar provides Silicon Valley’s most exciting companies with expert battery engineering advice and custom battery pack manufacturing at Rose’s San Jose manufacturing facility. Recently, Itamar lead Rose in the acquisition of Energy Sales (, an industry leader in batteries for oceanographic, aerospace, military and government applications. Combined, the businesses ship over half a million batteries a year. Itamar is also the Managing Director of New Concord Capital, a private investment fund that specializes in helping baby boomers sell their business and transition to retirement. Itamar’s family has a fourth generation cheese manufacturing company where Itamar led operations and sales of mozzarella, cheddar, smoked gouda and other fine cheeses. Itamar also spent half a decade as a quantitative analyst and financial engineer at Sanford Bernstein Alliance Capital where he developed stochastic financial models to facilitate over $50B of global investments. Prior to Bernstein, Itamar was a systems and software engineer at BAE Systems where he developed algorithms for the F-15 radar system. Of all his experiences, Itamar is most proud of his work at where he developed love algorithms to help the lone-hearted find their perfect mate.

Besides leading Rose Batteries, Itamar is also a professor at the San Jose State University Masters of Engineering in Batteries Technology program. Itamar holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York and a M.B.A from Harvard Business School.