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John Danner

John Danner

John Danner is a Senior Fellow of The Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he usually teaches the core MBA course on entrepreneurship, as well as other graduate courses on business model innovation and strategies for startups. He is Faculty Advisor to the Global Social Venture Competition, and launched UC’s campuswide undergraduate course on entrepreneurship and global poverty. He also teaches entrepreneurship in the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program, and is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Princeton University each fall. He began his entrepreneurial career as an undergraduate at Harvard, appropriately enough (for this I290 course) in a venture called IGS (Information Gathering Service); and has since been involved in startups of various types as entrepreneur, advisor and investor. In addition, he has worked as a management consultant, lawyer or senior executive in the private, nonprofit and public sectors – in fields from education and healthcare to telecommunications and energy. A frequent speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship at conferences and seminars around the world, he is also senior moderator with the Aspen Institute’s executive and global leadership programs, as well as the Federal Executive Institute. For those of you are fans of TED, he’s also the guy who came up with the idea for TED University; and gave a mini-TED talk at last summer’s TEDGlobal event in Edinburgh. He received his JD, MPH and MAEd degrees from UC Berkeley.