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Founders’ Series: The Scalable Founder

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The Scalable Founder – Scaling the Company, the Team, Yourself

The “Scalable” founder learns to overcome personal challenges, pushing the limits to achieve lasting success. Failure to manage individual demons can doom a company and destroy friendships. Personal growth may be one of the toughest challenges an entrepreneur may face. Only those who learn how to grow personally will survive and thrive — scaling the company, scaling the team, and “scaling” themselves.

If you are a founder or are thinking about starting a company, join us on Thursday, November 2, for a fireside conversation with Jacques Benkoski and Mark Coopersmith. Hear from two seasoned entrepreneurs and investors about the seldom-addressed personal challenges you will face in growing your startup and how to overcome them.

Among the topics Jacques and Mark will address:

  • Navigating founding, funding and growth
  • Surviving near-death experiences (and you will have them)
  • Working with your Board and other key stakeholders
  • Maintaining perspective


Jacques Benkoski

An international businessman, Jacques was born in Belgium, educated in Israel and the U.S., held executive positions in Europe and the U.S. Jacques is an active investor in the Israeli market and in the IT markets in the U.S. Past USVP companies include Trusteer (acq by IBM), Dune Networks (acq Broadcom) and ClearShape (acq Cadence) along with executive chairmanships at Certess (acq Springsoft) and Synfora (acq Synopsys). Jacques currently sits on the boards of Chute, Kilopass, Kenna Security, Qnovo, SupplyFrame, Zerto and ZypMedia. Before joining USVP, Jacques was CEO of Monterey Design Systems from 1999 until its acquisition in 2004. He founded the European subsidiary of Epic Design Technology (EPIC) which had a successful IPO in 1994 and became Vice President of European Sales following its acquisition by Synopsys. Earlier in his career, Jacques held a number of positions at IMEC, IBM and STMicroelectronics. Fluent in English, French and Hebrew, Jacques holds a B.Sc. in computer engineering from Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He is on the Board of Governors of Technion and on board of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Mark Coopersmith

Mark Coopersmith is an educator, entrepreneur, and best-selling author,. A Senior Fellow and Faculty Director at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, he teaches entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership to current and future leaders at CAL and around the world. As a Fortune 500 executive and corporate entrepreneur he has built and run global businesses for Sony and Newell Rubbermaid. He has launched and built successful (and not-so-successful) Silicon Valley startups – Google now owns an ecommerce platform he founded. And he is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator. His entrepreneurship students and teams have launched more than 100 ventures globally. Many of these have failed, but more than a few have seen success as well. Learn more in his best-selling book “The Other “F” Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work (Jon Wiley and Sons, co-authored with Jon Danner).


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