Faculty – Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg - Assistant Professor, Design & Innovation
Assistant Professor, Design & Innovation

michael.goldberg@case.edu
216.368.6048
Peter B. Lewis Building 234
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Michael Goldberg is an experienced venture capitalist and international business leader whose teaching is focused on the fields of entrepreneurship and early stage finance. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. With support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Goldberg created a massive open online course (MOOC) called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 120,000 students from 190 countries with subtitles in 16 languages (most on Coursera platform). Inc.com named Beyond Silicon Valley one of the top online classes that "will make you smarter and more interesting." Goldberg spoke about the impact of his MOOC at TEDxHeraklion in Crete (February 2015) and TEDxFulbright in Santa Monica (September 2015).

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 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 Fulbright fellowships to teach entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi, Vietnam (2012) and at the Polytechnic in Windhoek, Namibia (2015). Goldberg has also been a visiting professor teaching courses on entrepreneurial management and finance at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and the ALBA Graduate School of Business in Athens, Greece. He has conducted seminars on behalf of the US Department of State on entrepreneurship in Argentina, Austria, Botswana, Cambodia, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Kosovo, Laos, Macedonia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, the Netherlands, Philippines, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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

Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
MBA, University of Pennsylvania, 1998
BA, Princeton University, 1992

Initially Appointed: 2015

Interests and Courses

Teaching

Entrepreneurship

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Presentations

  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Sharing Ideas About Growing Entrepreneurship Between Cleveland and Argentina", US Embassy, Argentina, Centro Metropolitano de Diseño (Buenos Aires). (2017).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Business Growth in a Transitional Economy", US Embassy, France, Strasbourg. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Business Growth in a Transitional Economy", US Embassy, France, Paris. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Cleveland's Experience: Supporting Entrepreneurship in a Post-Industrial City", US Embassy, France, University of Lyon. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship in transitioning territories", US Embassy, France, Vaulx-en Velin . (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Avenues to Success for German Startups in the U.S.", US Embassy, Germany, UnternehmerTUM GmbH, Munich. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Switzerland, Impact Hub Zurich. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Switzerland, Impact Hub Geneva. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Kosovo, Innovation Center Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, Bitola, Macedonia. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, HUB-Skopke. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", WU, WU Entrepreneurship Center, Vienna. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship: Beyond Silicon Valley. Solving the Problems of Tomorrow with the Skills of Today", US Embassy, Germany, KWT – Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship: Beyond Silicon Valley. Solving the Problems of Tomorrow with the Skills of Today", US Embassy, Germany, Weltethos-Institute, Tuebingen. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Foundations of a Vivid Startup Environment", US Embassy, Germany, und Mediencampus Hamburg, Hamburg. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Kosovo a Startup Opportunity – Developing the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Kosovo", US Embassy, Kosovo, Jakova Innovation Center, Jakova, Kosovo. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Start up NOW! U.S. Entrepreneurship meets Ländle’s Gründergeist", US Embassy, Germany, Startup Campus Villa Berg, Stuttgart. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Startup Culture", US Embassy, Germany, Incubator Grünhof, Freiburg. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Be an Entrepreneur: Start It Up and Scale It Up!", US Embassy, Indonesia, @America, Jakarta. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Becoming an Entrepreneur", US Embassy, Indonesia, Airlangga University. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Indonesia, Association of Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs of Surabaya. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: How Can Entrepreneurs Find Investment and Support for Their Start-Ups", US Embassy, Philippines , AIM Business School, Manila. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: How Can Entrepreneurs Find Investment and Support for Their Start-Ups", US Embassy, Philippines, Enrique T. Yuchengco School of Business and Management (ETYSBM), Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT). (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship 101", US Embassy, Indonesia, PPKK UNAIR, Surabaya. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship 101 and Startup Financing Clinic", US Embassy, Indonesia, US Embassy, Jakarta. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Funding Opportunities for Startup Businesses: VCs and Investments", US Embassy, Indonesia, Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI), Jakarta. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "General Lecture on Social Entrepreneurship", US Embassy, Indonesia, Management Development Institute of Indonesia (IPMI) International Business School, Jakarta. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Indonesia, Universitas Pelita Harapan Medan, Medan. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Indonesia, Clapham Co-Working Space, Medan. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Social Entrepreneurship", US Embassy, Indonesia, Ciputra University Surabaya, Surabaya. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Chile, INACAP, Santiago. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Taking Cleveland's Experience Supporting Entrepreneurship Around the World", Cleveland Engineering Society, Deisgn and Construction Conference, Cleveland, Ohio. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", COSE, COSE Annual Meeting, Cleveland. (2016).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Russia, Finam, Samara, Russia. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Russia, ZIL Cultural Center, Moscow. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Russia, Higher School of Economics, Moscow. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Botswana, Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry & Manpower (BOCCIM). (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Botswana, Government of Botswana interagency roundtable . (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Botswana, Botswana Innovation Hub. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Botswana, Botho University. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "The Business of Design and Innovation", US Embassy, Botswana, Idea Expo, Gabarone. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", Polytechnic of Namibia, The Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), Windhoek. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Innovation as a Challenge to Businesses in the 21st Century", Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp", US Embassy, Zambia, Bongo Hive, Lusaka. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp", US Embassy, Namibia, US Embassy, Namibia. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp", US Embassy Zimbabwe, Hypercube Hub, Harare, Zimbabwe. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "The Importance and Purpose of Compiling a Business Plan", Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "A View from the U.S. How to Strengthen a Start-up Ecosystem", US Embassy, Germany, Social Impact Lab, Frankfurt. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Morocco, ISCAE. Casablanca. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Germany, EBC Hochschule, Dusseldorf. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurship in Mitteldeutschland", US Embassy, Germany, FOM Business School Leipzig. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Do I Have to Move to Silicon Valley to Create the Next Big Startup? How Entrepreneurs in Berlin Can Leverage Local Resources to Build a Great Company.", US Embassy, Germany, Impact Hub Berlin. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in the Kaiserslautern Region", US Embassy, Germany, Economic Development Agency Kaiserslautern. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley", US Embassy, Germany, European School of Management ESMT in cooperation with the JFK Atlantic Forum. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "How to Shape the Start-up Infrastructure in the Rhein-Main Region", US Embassy, Germany, Social Impact Lab, Frankfurt. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Professional Perspectives Series on How to Become a Successful Entrepreneur", US Embassy, Germany, Hertie School, Berlin. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Workshop with Startup Companies", US Embassy, Germany, SpinLab, Leipzig. (2015).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "A Dialogue on Entrepreneurship Ecosystems", US Embassy, Spain, Aspen Institute, Madrid, Spain. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies ", US Embassy, Greece, Stoa of Attalos, Athens, Greece. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, American Corner, Tetovo, Macedonia. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, American Corner, Skopje, Macedonia. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Czech Republic, American Center, Prague. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, American Corner, Shtip, Macedonia. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, American Corner, Struga, Macedonia. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Macedonia, American Corner, Bitola, Macedonia. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies", US Embassy, Spain, Impact Hub Madrid, Madrid, Spain. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Effective Support for Entrepreneurship", US Embassy, Czech Republic, StartupSummit Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Effective Support for Entrepreneurship", US Embassy, Czech Republic, Pilsen Chamber of Commerce. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship and Early Stage Finance ", US Embassy, Czech Republic, Technical University in Ostrava, Green Light Start Up Accelerator, Ostrava, Czech Republic. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley: New Entrepreneurial Models and the Start-Up Experience", US Embassy, Greece, US Consulate General, Thessaloniki, Greece. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "How to Engage with Venture Capital Investors", US Embassy, Czech Republic, Wayra Accelerator, Prague, Czech Republic. (2014).
  • Goldberg, M. Beyond Silicon Valley Presentation, "The Fundamentals of Doing Business in the U.S. and the World ", US Embassy, Czech Republic, Business for Breakfast, Olomouc, Czech Republic. (2014).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Judge, MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge , 2017 - Present
  • Board Member, University Hospitals Technology Venture Fund , 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member, Z Fund for Student Innovation, think[box], CWRU , 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member, think[box] Management Committee , 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member, Great Lakes Energy Institute, Adivsory Board , 2016 - Present
  • Committee Member, CWRUcible , 2015 - Present
  • Committee Member, ThinkForum Advisory Committee , 2015 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, CWRU Chapter, Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund , 2014 - Present
  • Faculty Advisor, IDEA Club , 2014 - Present
  • Mentor, Jumpstart, Burton D. Morgan Mentoring Program , Cleveland, OH, 2014 - Present
  • Board Member, Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation , 2013 - Present
  • Board Member, Cleveland Leadership Center , 2010 - 2015
  • Board Member, Citizens Academy , 2007 - 2017

Awards

  • Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge -- Beyond Silicon Valley Program, AACSB. (2017).
  • 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 Advisory Council, (2016).
  • Weatherhead School of Management Faculty Teaching Excellence Award , (2016).
  • Speaker, TEDxFulbright (Santa Monica, CA), (2015).
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Award, Namibia , (2015).
  • Speaker, TEDxHeraklion (Heraklion, Crete), (2015).
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Vietnam , (2012).
  • US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow , (2008).
  • 40 Under 40 , Crain's Cleveland Business. (2007).
  • Leadership Cleveland , (2007).
  • German Marshall Fund American Marshall Memorial Fellow , (2005).