Mark Coopersmith is an educator, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Fortune 500 executive, and best-selling author. He has spent more than 25 years building, investing in and guiding high growth businesses ranging from Silicon Valley startups to global enterprises. He draws on those experiences in his teachings at UC Berkeley and around the world. For the past 15+ years, Mark has been a lecturer and faculty director at UC Berkeley where his teaching and research have focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. Mark is known for linking theory and frameworks from his work at Berkeley, with real-world examples, tools and techniques, and intensive hands-on activities. These are the types of insights contained in his Amazon best-selling book – co-authored with John Danner – “The Other ‘F’ Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work.”
Mark’s entrepreneurship students have launched more than 100 ventures in sectors as varied as machine learning and AI, web services, consumer electronics, medical devices, education, cancer research and fashion. Mark is also an investor in a number of early-stage VC funds. An entrepreneur and executive himself, Mark has founded and led businesses ranging from corporate startups to global divisions for companies such as Sony, has built successful new ventures (his e-commerce company WebOrder is now owned by Google), and sits on a number of boards. He also leads sessions with leaders from Google, IDEO, Salesforce, Genentech, Walt Disney Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Daimler Benz, and Samsung, along with conferences and keynote speeches. Mark is quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Economist; and on media outlets from CNN to Fox News to NPR. Mark earned his BA and MBA degrees at UC Berkeley. He lives in Marin County with his college sweetheart, with whom he has two children, and enjoys mountain biking, skiing, tennis and cooking.
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