Michael Goldberg

 

 


 

Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching at Weatherhead is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg co-founded the Bridge Investment Fund, a venture capital fund focused on investing in Israeli medical device companies that have synergies with the leading health care industries and institutions in Cleveland. Goldberg is also a Senior Advisor to Kaiwu Capital, a Chinese venture capital fund.

Goldberg was the Director of International Business Development for America Online, responsible for structuring and negotiating international partnerships in Asia, including AOL’s joint venture with Lenovo to develop interactive services for the China market. Goldberg spent several years in South Africa working for the National Democratic Institute, designing and implementing voter education programs for South Africa's historic first democratic election in 1994. Goldberg also worked for Microsoft and the International Management Group (IMG).

Goldberg has deep experience teaching entrepreneurship in international markets. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 2012 to teach entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam, and also lectured on behalf of Fulbright in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. During the summer of 2013, Goldberg taught entrepreneurial management at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Goldberg is active in the entrepreneurship community in Cleveland, serving as a mentor to entrepreneurs through Jumpstart, FlashStarts and LaunchHouse. He has appeared as a frequent guest panelist on MSNBC's "Your Business" and written on international entrepreneurship for CNBC and Entrepreneur.com.

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The path for entrepreneurs to grow their companies outside of well-developed entrepreneurial ecosystems like Silicon Valley is challenging. Most markets around the world do not look like Silicon Valley, and they never will. But there are other models to support new businesses. In transitioning markets (where entrepreneurs do not have much access to private sector financing), government officials, donors, and business leaders are experimenting with creative approaches to support the growth of entrepreneurs. Northeast Ohio, whose largest city is Cleveland, is one such community. During our time together in this course, we will be exploring some of these innovative approaches.

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