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John Danner

Senior Fellow, Institute for Business Innovation, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley


John teaches courses on innovation, strategy and venture development at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Princeton University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Business Innovation and Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at Haas, and a visiting faculty member at the Keller Center in Princeton’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. At both universities, he has designed and launched several social enterprise courses and initiatives, from graduate MBA classes to freshmen seminars. He is a faculty advisor to the Global Social Venture Competition, and advises a variety of socially-focused endeavors around the world.

John is a frequent speaker on innovation, entre/intrapreneurship and leadership at conferences and seminars globally, as well as anchoring various executive education programs for governments, companies and universities. For those of you who are fans of TED, he’s also the guy who came up with the idea for TED U[niversity]; and has appeared on both TEDGlobal and TEDx stages. He serves as a senior moderator for the Aspen Institute, and consults widely for senior executives across a broad spectrum of organizational settings.

He is the co-author of The Other ‘F’ Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work, published in 2015 as a lead title by John Wiley & Sons; and is now finishing a new book with a Princeton colleague on the personality characteristics of highly successful entrepreneurs (scheduled for publication as a lead title by Harvard Business School Press in early 2017). His articles and interviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Entrepreneur, Chief Executive and other media channels.

John received his JD, MPH and MAEd degrees from UC Berkeley, and his BA from Harvard. He and his wife live in Berkeley and New York City, and have three sons.