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A few personal musings on living, launching, failing & succeeding

Here’s an excerpt from my recent post for the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.  They posed some broad questions about launching new ventures – and life in general.  Here are my replies. “When it comes to business, Mark Coopersmith has seen everything from flashes in the pan to flashes of greatness. Over the years, he has launched,...

My WSJ “C-Suite Strategies” article how great CEOs drive innovation and growth

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article I wrote with my UC Berkeley and Princeton colleague John Danner.  The article is entitled: “How Not to Flunk at Failure” and builds on the work we did for our recent book: “The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work” The...

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On Fox News KTVU: Why the acquisition of Niman Ranch by Perdue Chicken wasn’t a surprise to me; plus other implications of the deal

Niman Ranch was recently acquired by Perdue Chicken. This seemed to surprise a lot of observers, but this was one I could see coming.  Want to see why?  And other implications for the food sector?  Check out my TV interview with KTVU Fox News reporter Jana Katsuyama.  Here’s a link to the KTVU story.  

“Live from Malaysia” on Radio 89.9 BFM: “The Other ‘F’ Word” and implications for global leaders

I had a fantastic trip through Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia in August/September 2015. I met with business and government leaders throughout the region. One of my stops was at BFM Radio 89.9 where I sat down with their lead business reporter about “The Other”F” Word. Here’s a link to the conversation and podcast:  

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Ready for Takeoff: Launching High-Growth Ventures at UC Berkeley

Intensive program with international cohort of graduate students yields impressive results on Kickstarter, Y Combinator, funding, and more We’re still in the dog days of summer, but my colleagues and I at UC Berkeley are hard at work getting ready for our intensive entrepreneurship program this fall.  We call the program Learn2Launch, and that is...

3 Ways to Wring at Least Some ROI From Failure (on

Failure stings. It has a long half-life. The memory of past failures exacerbates our fear of future ones, leaving many stuck in the “static quo” of business as usual. In fact, memory and fear are failure’s force multipliers, and can easily lead to a “trial and terror” culture… Read my article on to discover...

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Changing the “Static Quo” in Your Organization – a recipe for leaders and teams

Instead of calling the work reality we each deal with every day the “status quo,” perhaps it would be better referred to as the “static quo.” That’s because change is hard, and many organizations seem to be set up to stifle innovation and hinder change wherever possible. All this despite the loud and frequent proclamations...

Failure-Savvy Leadership

In our new book “The Other F Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work,” my co-author John Danner and I introduce the concept of “failure-savvy” leadership. What is failure-savvy leadership? It’s the recognition that some leaders and organizations have the ability create more productive relationships with failures when they do happen....

“Entrepreneurship is a team sport,” and other launch tips in Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneurship is a team sport. Here’s an excerpt from the full article entitled  5 Things You Must Do to Successfully Launch a Business , which ran in both print and online at Entrepreneur Magazine: Perhaps the most critical step in the evolution of your startup is assembling a team that works well together and can deliver the goods....

Advance Praise for the Upcoming Book “The Other ‘F’ Word”

Mark and his UC Berkeley colleague, John Danner, are preparing to release The Other “F Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work in March–about how you can leverage the power of failure to drive innovation and accelerate growth in your organization. Praise: “Great innovators don’t fear failure. They build on it....