Mark Coopersmith

Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Haas School of Business
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"The way you process failure is one of those crucial elements of entrepreneurship, the resilience, the insights that you get from it."

Mark Coopersmith is a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Haas School of Business. Coopersmith teaches the sought-after Workshop for Startups course from which a broad range of innovative new ventures are regularly launched.

The workshop course also produces more than a few startup failures, providing many additional learning opportunities. Coopersmith also co-teaches the pioneering course “The Other 'F' Word" about how insights developed from a more thorough and comprehensive investigation of failure can drive innovation, growth and long-term success.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities Coopersmith is an accomplished executive and an advisor to businesses ranging from VC-backed ventures through global corporations such as Intel and DirecTV.  He currently sits on a number of boards and advisory boards.

A sought after speaker and commentator, Coopersmith has been quoted in the The Economist, The New York Times and USA Today, and has appeared in media including Fox News, CNN, The Huffington Post and National Public Radio. In addition to his teaching at UC Berkeley, Coopersmith mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and teams including those working at the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. Mark is an alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he earned his BA and MBA degrees.

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Academic Background 

MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

BA, Political Economies of Industrial Societies, UC Berkeley

Publications & Media

Videos 

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

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How to Put Failure to Work in Business

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Leaders, Innovation and Failure

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A Look Inside Startup Bootcamp for Executives

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Books 

The Other "F" Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work

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Papers & Articles 

How to Gain a Start-up Mindset: Lessons from Silicon Valley

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Accelerating Insider Entrepreneurship

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The 7 Essential Steps for Putting Failure to Work

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How Not to Flunk at Failure

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3 Ways to Wring at Least Some ROI From Failure

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More Publications by Mark Coopersmith

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Academic Background 

MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

BA, Political Economies of Industrial Societies, UC Berkeley

Publications & Media

Videos 

Can Entrepreneurship Be Taught?

WATCH VIDEO

How to Put Failure to Work in Business

WATCH VIDEO

Leaders, Innovation and Failure

WATCH VIDEO

A Look Inside Startup Bootcamp for Executives

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE
Books 

The Other "F" Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work

VIEW BOOK
VIEW MORE
Papers & Articles 

How to Gain a Start-up Mindset: Lessons from Silicon Valley

VIEW PAPER

Accelerating Insider Entrepreneurship

VIEW PAPER

The 7 Essential Steps for Putting Failure to Work

VIEW PAPER

How Not to Flunk at Failure

VIEW PAPER

3 Ways to Wring at Least Some ROI From Failure

VIEW PAPER

More Publications by Mark Coopersmith

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VIEW MORE