Walter Cruttenden

Walter Cruttenden


WHY: Founded firm that today is Roth Capital, OC’s largest investment bank. Founder, CEO of investment banking arm E-Trade, top provider of online IPOs before sale.


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Business Journal’s 2019 Businessperson of the Year in the innovation sector. Startup savant for fintech. Co-founded investment app Acorns with son Jeff; pushing $1B valuation. Latest focus is gaming and e-learning fintech Blast, based in Newport Beach.

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