Haas Alumni Network - Events

Berkeley-Haas Faculty Road Shows - Spring 2014


Dates & Locations

Wednesday, January 22 - Seattle with Mark Coopersmith

Thursday, January 23 - Portland with Mark Coopersmith

Wednesday, January 29 - Chicago with John Danner

Thursday, January 30 - New York City with John Danner

Monday, February 3 - Washington DC with John Danner

Monday, February 10 - San Diego with Kurt Beyer

Tuesday, February 11 - Orange County with Kurt Beyer

Wednesday, February 12 - Los Angeles with Kurt Beyer



MARK COOPERSMITH

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Seattle - 6:00 to 9:00pm

Amazon — Van Vorst (map)
426 Terry Avenue, North
Seattle, WA 98144

$35 — Alumni & Guests
$17.50 — Current & Prospective Students & Guests

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Portland - 6:00 to 9:00pm

River's Edge Hotel & Spa Portland (map)
0455 Southwest Hamilton Court
Portland, OR 97239

$35 — Alumni & Guests
$17.50 — Current & Prospective Students & Guests

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The Other 'F' Word: Failure and Its Importance to Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Failure is a reality we encounter every day, in almost every arena. Even an all-star baseball player typically fails twice as often as he succeeds when he steps into the batter's box.

Haas faculty members and co-authors, John Danner and Mark Coopersmith, believe "a fundamental test of leadership and business resiliency is fluency in anticipating, mitigating, learning, and rebounding from failure." In fact, they are teaching a Haas course and writing a book about "The Other 'F' Word."

Their provocative observation is that most organizations and their leaders focus so much on success that they fundamentally flunk failure! Why do business leaders "flunk" and how can they improve in managing this essential issue?

Join a lively discussion with Mark Coopersmith and learn about moving failure from taboo to the table. Hear how successful entrepreneurship and inspired leadership can create a healthy appreciation of — and generate benefits from - the lessons of failure. Discover the connections between failure and real innovation, and learn about the seven steps you and your organization can take to use failure to improve long-term success.

 

Mark Coopersmith teaches innovation and entrepreneurship at Haas, including the sought-after Workshop for Startups course from which new ventures are regularly launched (along with more than a few failures), and "The Other 'F' Word."

Mark also advises businesses ranging from VC-backed ventures through global corporations. He also serves as managing director at smart-grid-for-water venture, ETwater.

Previously Mark led the $300mm Global Technology Brands group at Newell Rubbermaid, built a $150mm consumer products and online commerce division for Sony, and was founding CEO of online payments venture WebOrder, which is now part of Google. Earlier in his career, Mark was a strategy and M&A consultant with Ernst & Young.

Mark has been quoted in the The Economist and USA Today, and has appeared in media including Fox News and National Public Radio. In addition to his teaching at UC Berkeley, Mark mentors aspiring entrepreneurs and teams including teams who are working at the UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator. Mark is an alumnus of UC Berkeley, where he earned his BA and MBA degrees.

 

JOHN DANNER

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Chicago - 6:00 to 9:00pm

Morningstar, Inc. (map)
Auditorium
22 W. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

$30 — Alumni & Guests
$15 — Current & Prospective Students

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
New York City - 6:00 to 8:30pm

Google (map)
76 Ninth Avenue, between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 1011

$40 — Alumni & Guests
$20 — Current & Prospective Students

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Monday, February 3, 2014
Washington DC - 6:30 to 9:00pm

Grameen Foundation (map)
1101 15th St. NW — 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 2005

$30 — Alumni
$15 — Current & Prospective Students
$35 — Friends

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The Other 'F' Word: Failure and Its Importance to Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Failure is a reality we encounter every day, in almost every arena. Even an all-star baseball player typically fails twice as often as he succeeds when he steps into the batter's box.

Haas faculty members and co-authors, John Danner and Mark Coopersmith, believe "a fundamental test of leadership and business resiliency is fluency in anticipating, mitigating, learning, and rebounding from failure." In fact, they are teaching a Haas course on this topic and writing a book about "The Other 'F' Word."

Their provocative observation is that most organizations and their leaders focus so much on success that they fundamentally flunk failure! Why do business leaders "flunk" and how can they improve in managing this essential issue?

Join a lively discussion with John Danner and learn about moving failure from taboo to the table. Hear how successful entrepreneurship and inspired leadership can create a healthy appreciation of — and generate benefits from - the lessons of failure. Discover the connections between failure and real innovation, and learn about the seven steps you and your organization can take to use failure to improve long-term success.

John Danner is Senior Fellow at the Lester Center. An experienced management consultant and entrepreneur, John has advised senior executives of multi-billion-dollar international enterprises on strategy, value management and business growth, as well as management teams of emerging ventures on competitive positioning, marketing and product strategy.

John's clients include leading companies in healthcare, energy, entertainment, food products, telecommunications, and information as well as startups in energy management, e-commerce, and supply chain integration. Over the past 30 years, John has designed and successfully launched several new business initiatives for client organizations.

John is a senior moderator for The Aspen Institute and Federal Executive Institute, and conducts seminars on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship around the world for the school's Center for Executive Education. At Berkeley-Haas John teaches various MBA entrepreneurship and innovation courses, as well as a campus-wide undergraduate course on "Entrepreneurship to Address Global Poverty."

In addition to his consulting and teaching activities, John's career includes experience as an entrepreneur, corporate lawyer, and senior policy advisor at both the state and federal government levels. Earlier in his career, John served as an aide to then-governor Bill Clinton and to US Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler. More recently, TED University, a popular component of the TED and TED Global conferences, was his brainchild.

John has received multiple honors for teaching excellence. He is a sought-after commentator for a wide range of media outlets, from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times to the TED Global and TEDx stage..

John earned JD, MPH, and MA degrees from UC Berkeley and his AB cum laude from Harvard College.

 

KURT BEYER

Monday, February 10, 2014
San Diego - 6:00 to 9:00pm

UCSD Rady School of Business (map)
Mission Ventures Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor
Otterson Hall, North Campus
La Jolla, CA 92093

$30 — Alumni & Guests
$15 — Current & Prospective Students

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Orange County - 6:00 to 9:00pm

Irvine Hotel (formerly Hyatt Regency Irvine) (map)
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA  96614

Advanced Tickets:
$30 — Alumni & Guests
$15 — Current & Prospective Students

At the Door:
$40

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Los Angeles

ROC Santa Monica (map)
604 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401

$30 — Alumni & Guests
$15 — Current & Prospective Students

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?
In 2011 Peter Thiel, known for his early angel investment in Facebook and the co-founding of Paypal, paid 20 teenagers $100,000 each to not attend college. Thiel is not alone in his belief that entrepreneurs are a rare breed that can bypass formal education.

Ironically, over the past 20 years more than two-thirds of U.S. colleges and universities teach entrepreneurship to students from all walks of life. Can you learn to be an entrepreneur in the safety of a classroom, by reading a book, or by attending this presentation? If so, what are the important lessons that can be taught?

Join Kurt Beyer to discover learn more about how successful entrepreneurs are made.

KURT BEYER
Dr. Kurt Beyer joined the Berkeley-Haas faculty in 2011, where he shares his expertise on entrepreneurship and innovation with MBA students. At Haas, Kurt explores the impact of disruptive technologies on IT and media industries. His research and thinking also focus on government-supported innovation and how entrepreneurship and innovation are impacted during recessions. Kurt juggles his teaching duties at Haas while continuing to serve with Morgan Stanley as an advisor to start-ups and executives including Yelp, Marin Software, Incredible Labs, and Socialwire.

Prior to joining Haas' faculty, Kurt was a "citizen professor" at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, where he helped to create the Academy's information technology major. As a former commissioned officer and naval aviator of F-14 Tomcats, Kurt returned to the Academy after 9/11 with experiences atypical of most civilians or professors. While still a professor at Annapolis, he co-founded and was the CEO of Riptopia for five years. The digital media start-up company professionally digitizes large archives of media for record labels, online digital content providers, audio video integrators, digital hardware manufacturers, Universities, and radio stations.

Kurt is the author of Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, published by MIT Press in 2010, which highlights the rise of the computer industry through the amazing career of Grace Hopper, the woman responsible for the development of computer programming. The book was in the Top 10 Science/Technology books selected for 2010.

Kurt earned his BA in engineering and history from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MA in economics and philosophy from Oxford University, and a PhD in the history of science and technology from UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Long Island, Kurt now makes his home in Marin County with his wife and two sons.