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“The Trump Effect” and Impacts on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Whatever your political orientation or where you are in the world, 2017 in the USA has certainly gotten off to a most interesting start. Since the election of Donald Trump, almost every executive, entrepreneur, official and policy group I’ve met with has asked my view on the business and economic implications of the new administration....

“Act like entrepreneurs, but not like the brave ones.”

As the boss from Dilbert says: “I want you to think like entrepreneurs, but not like the brave ones.”  (dilbert.com, (c) 2016 Scott Adams) Scott Adams, my friend and former classmate – and a current great mentor and supporter of startups – at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, nails it again. His comic strip...

Brexit – Live from London

Greetings from post-Brexit-vote London.  I have been in the UK and Ireland for the past couple of weeks leading up to the Brexit referendum, the vote, and the immediate aftermath.  The results were announced Friday morning in a surprise for many, with “Leave” being the ultimate choice of 52% of the voters. I happen to...

Two ways Europe can accelerate the creation & growth of startups

I recently had a fascinating dinner with a delegation of members of the EU Parliament who were visiting San Francisco and Silicon Valley to address global cyber security and privacy issues, and also investigate how best to drive more entrepreneurial activity and innovation across Europe. During dinner I was asked to offer some comments and insights on...

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How Innovative Leaders Operate With a Startup Mindset (video)

I recently sat down with our Thought Leadership team at Haas and discussed the concept – and state of being – of having an entrepreneurial mindset.  What does that mean for entrepreneurs, as well as leaders inside large enterprises who are seeking to drive innovation, growth and change?  How do these types of leaders think...

“This Product Really Sucks” – How my student’s breast pump startup made the NY Times

“I want to rethink and reimagine the breast pump.”  That’s what my UC Berkeley Haas MBA student Jeff Alvarez told me on the first day of our “Workshop for Startups” class. That was several years ago, and Jeff has stayed in touch with me and my co-instructor John Danner ever since, as he has pursued...

Lightbulbs for Startup Mindset

How to Be an Entrepreneur in a Big Enterprise – and Succeed!

I often give talks about – and recently led a series of discussions on – how to “Develop a Startup Mindset.”  Coming out of those are several articles, including the below piece from our Center for Executive Education at UC Berkeley Haas, and an executive education course called The Start-Up Mindset (register by February 2, 2017)....

Business “Truisms” You Shouldn’t Believe, and an invitation to join me & 6,000 women (!) at San Jose at Watermark’s Conference for Women

On April 21 I will be in San Jose speaking at Watermark’s Conference for Women – Silicon Valley, a great conference (see here for more info). I will be joined by John Danner – my co-author of The Other “F” Word – along with several accomplished women panelists, and we promise a lively discussion. I recently...

Conversation with NASDAQ’s Nicola Corzine on Success & Failure (video)

I sat down recently at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center with its Executive Director Nicola Corzine for a wide-ranging conversation about my book “The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work.”   We discussed how failure manifests itself – and can also be used as a resource for innovation and growth...

Great evening with Guy Kawasaki discussing how to launch startups

I had a great time discussing startups – and how to launch them – with longtime friend, colleague and startup guru Guy Kawasaki at NASDAQ’s Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco.  Great hospitality from the center’s exec director Nicola Corzine (seen with Guy and me below). Guy shared highlights from his recent updated version of the...

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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: http://www.bfm.my/rc-the-other-f-word-mark-coopersmith.html.  

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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 Entrepreneur.com)

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 Entrepreneur.com 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....