Meet Mark Coopersmith

WED, 13 October, 2021

Learn from a Limited Partner and Investor at Early Stage Venture Capital Funds

Areas of expertise and research interests

  • Growth Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Governance and Boards
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Leadership

About Mark Coopersmith

Mark Coopersmith is an educator, author, entrepreneur, and global executive. In his teaching at UC Berkeley and programs around the world, he provides students, business leaders, and teams with insights, inspiration, and know-how to drive innovation and growth in organizations of all sizes, and to launch new ventures and initiatives ranging from Silicon Valley startups to new divisions of global enterprises.

As a Fortune 500 global executive and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he has spent three decades launching, building, and fixing high-growth organizations ranging from raw startups (his e-commerce venture WebOrder is now owned by Google) to launching new divisions of multinational corporations such as Sony, to reinvigorating existing businesses, all while leading teams from 2 to 2,000 spread across many continents.

Coopersmith has also served on boards of directors, advised startups at UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck accelerator, and invested in startups as an angel investor and a partner in several venture funds.

Mark co-authored the bestselling book "THE OTHER "F" WORD: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work" with John Danner. Download excerpts and tools at


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Sandras Phiri

Sandras Phiri is the CEO and Founder of Startup Circles and Chief Learning Officer at Enygma Ventures. He is an expert on startups and revenue growth. He has worked with entrepreneurs from over 50 countries helping them launch, grow and get investor-ready. Sandras has founded several businesses, lectured at over 17 universities and has been to 22 countries.Sandras has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.   He has been featured in a lot of media including CNBC Africa and has been named one of the 15 tech people to follow in South Africa in 2018 and 2019.

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