Beyond Silicon Valley 2019-06-27T20:50:25+00:00

20 inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in communities around the world.


Beyond Silicon Valley is for local change makers connecting globally.

You’ll meet 20 community leaders who support entrepreneurship in countries such as Iran, Kosovo, Vietnam, and Botswana. They face economic hardship, political strife, corruption or cultural aversion to risk-taking—challenges unheard of in Silicon Valley. They add vitality, creativity, and high-paying jobs to their communities.


Beyond Silicon Valley is available as a FREE download here.

You can also order on a print or Kindle copy of Beyond Silicon Valley on Amazon (set at the minimum price allowed). All proceeds from book sales on Amazon will go towards the purchasing of additional books to be donated to students.

Beyond Silicon Valley audiobook (read by the author) is available for FREE download or streaming here..

The Beyond Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Program, winner of the 2017 AACSB Entrepreneurship Spotlight Challenge, was developed to help support the growth of startups around the world.

Key concepts covered in the Beyond Silicon Valley book include:

  • Role of Government
  • Role of Donors
  • Role of Intermediary Organizations (NGOs)
  • Leveraging Anchor Institutions
  • Access to Capital/Mentoring:
    • Seed Accelerators
    • Angel Investing
    • Venture Capital

“In Beyond Silicon Valley, Goldberg has created an indispensable playbook to help entrepreneurs, regardless of where they may live and work, start and scale the companies of the future.”

Steve Case, Co-founder of America Online and author of The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future

“An engaging speaker, writer and forward thinker, Goldberg has provided a roadmap for anyone building an entrepreneurship ecosystem in an emerging economy.”

JJ Ramberg , Host, MSNBC’s “Your Business”

“Beyond Silicon Valley breaks new ground in teaching entrepreneurship and economic development.”

Philip Kotler, Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

“Beyond Silicon Valley is captivating. Michael Goldberg will change how you think about entrepreneurship and where risk-taking, business-building people can flourish.”

Brad Stone, Author The Everything Store and The Upstarts


Michael E. Goldberg is a venture capitalist and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Design and Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Goldberg created the massive open online course, or MOOC, called Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies, which has attracted over 135,000 students from 190 countries with subtitles in 16 languages (the most on the Coursera platform). 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 and TEDxFulbright in Santa Monica.

Goldberg co-founded an international venture capital fund (Bridge Investment Fund) and also previously worked at America Online and Microsoft.

Goldberg has deep experience teaching entrepreneurship in international markets. He was awarded Fulbright fellowships to teach entrepreneurship in Vietnam and Namibia. He has conducted seminars on behalf of the U.S. 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, Tanzania, Tunisia, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

He has appeared as a frequent guest panelist on MSNBC’s “Your Business” and written on international entrepreneurship for CNBC, and The Huffington Post. Goldberg earned a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.