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My mom made the front page of the NY Times today (for a sad reason)

The NYT remembered 1,000 victims of COVID, including my mother Alice. She was in the fourth column, above the fold. She would’ve loved that, having grown up in Manhattan and always a bit of New York girl at heart. Alice Coopersmith Furst passed away from complications of COVID-19 a few weeks ago. She was 87. She lived a...

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“The Entrepreneurial Mindset” (cover article for Strive Magazine)

How do entrepreneurs think? What distinguishes the best entrepreneurs and innovators from the rest? Originally published as the cover article for Strive Magazine, January 2019 For the past 30 years, I’ve pursued the answer to this question: “What distinguishes the best entrepreneurs and innovators from the rest of us?” I’ve done this as a startup...


SPOTANGELS dubbed the “Waze for Parking”

The idea for SPOTANGELS was developed by Hamza Chahdi during one of my Learn2Launch classes in the Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at UC Berkeley. SpotAngels is now available on the App Store and Play Store and has been featured by Apple and Google as among the best apps of the year, but I...

How Facebook Blew It. My comments on this fiasco, on the evening news

What are the implications of the recent Facebook disclosures? I was interviewed about Facebook for the Evening News on Fox around the 2016 Presidential election and how Facebook data was used (and misused) to target voters and influence outcome… What about Russian meddling, consumer privacy, who controls the data, Facebook itself and transparency, and the...

“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...

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...

Where Mark Has Been Published

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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:  

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....