About Coop

Startup & Culture Coach

I’m an investor, advisor and executive coach who loves to help growing founders and leaders thrive. I’ve been a CEO of multiple companies, helped startups raise over $1.2 Billion in funding (and counting) and really enjoy turning the impossible into the inevitable. If you’re looking for help scaling your venture, let’s talk!

Michael "Coop" Cooper

My Story

Before I became a coach, I worked in software develop building large-scale systems, like the world’s first wireless web platform that enables all data, web-access, gps on your smart phones today for Vodafone and we rolled that system out in 27 countries.

I also worked on the world’s first custom car-ordering system online for Honda American Motors Company. And helped build the California Smog Check system.

My background in software development lead me to coaching, when my manager at the time brought an article from the San Francisco Chronicle about coaching and she said, “I think you’ll be great at this and I want to be your first client.” The rest is history – I still coach her 22 years later, as she has advanced in her career and is now a Group Vice President for Oracle.

Ever since my first experience with coaching, I was hooked and now enjoy working with startup founders around the globe to help them develop and optimize their leadership culture for scaling.


Need a Coach?

Why Work With Me?

Few executive startup coaches have the background as an investor, advisor and coach with experience as a leader at every level of an organization, including CEO. I promise to put your priorities first, point out your blind spots and help you lead your organization to success.

Qualifications & Awards

Results with clients are the best qualifications, however along the way, I’ve invested in my education to help support my clients globally.


  • Coach U graduate
  • CoachVille gradutae
  • Thomas Leonard School of Coaching graduate
  • School of Shadow Coaching graduate
  • MBA, Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies, History and Technology Education, Virginia Tech


  • Coached 2,500+ executives and leaders 
  • Worked with 1,000+ companies
  • Worked in 33 countries
  • Trained 50,000+ people


  • 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year, City fo San Francisco, CA
  • 2017 IAC President’s Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Coaching Profession

My Coaching Services


Leadership Development


Culture Development



Business Coaching



Team Facilitation

Coaching Bio

Michael O. “Coop” Cooper is an internationally recognized executive coach, investor, advisor, facilitator and trainer who specializes in working with executive teams to develop the leadership skills, alignment and strategies to grow and thrive in a constantly changing environment.

Coop will help you identify and overcome your business blind spots, perceive challenges as opportunities, and translate newly found insights into energy and action. By quickly diagnosing core problems, not just symptoms, Coop has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and executives resolve significant and complex interpersonal and business challenges.

Coop has 27 years of experience as a coach, management consultant, strategist and project leader with Fortune 1000 companies and small businesses in over 33 countries.  He co-lead the teams to develop the world’s first wireless web platform for Vodafone and Verizon deployed in 27 countries and developed the specifications for the first custom internet car-ordering system for Honda. He has facilitated global summits for Sony corporation and a conference on managing Millennials for the Northern California Human Resource Association. 

For the past 17 years, Coop has coached and advised Eric Rodenbeck, CEO & Creative Director of Stamen Design, named by Fast Company as one of the 50 Top Innovative Companies in America and one of the Top 50 Designers in America and winner of the National Design Award in Interaction Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. 

Coop was also selected to coach the prestigious TED Fellows.

Coop is a contributor to Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur and Wired Innovations. He was the founding president of the International Association of Coaching, has served on the faculty of Sony leadership programs, CoachVille, Thomas Leonard School of Coaching and the Graduate School of Coaching. He completed coach training at Coach U, CoachVille and the School of Shadow Coaching. He received an MBA from the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a concentration in Information Systems and a special emphasis in Global Strategic Management and degrees in History, Communications Studies and Technology Education at Virginia Tech. He received the (Shop Local / Consulting) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2006 from San Francisco where he lives with his partner and dog. He is an active supporter of the arts and Burning Man community.

A Selected Client List

Over the past 23 years, I have been very fortunate to work with leaders from these fine organizations:

  • 11Sight
  • Accuray
  • Acxiom
  • Alchemist Accelerator
  • Altimeter Group
  • American Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Attack! Marketing
  • Auth0
  • Avalara
  • Axicom
  • Bateman Group
  • Baton Trucking
  • BeachNow
  • BetaBrand
  • K G Bell Construction
  • Big Valley Marketing
  • Biking Billboards
  • Bite Communications
  • Blanc & Otus
  • Boeing
  • Burning Man
  • BPM
  • Brandshare
  • BYND
  • Cellares Corporation
  • Chez Space
  • Cloud LIMS
  • Cohn & Wolfe
  • Creo Design
  • Cruise
  • Eastwick Communications
  • eBay
  • Engage PR
  • Epic Public Relations
  • Facebook
  • Firebrick Consulting
  • Fleishman Hillard
  • Fraenkel Gallery
  • Franchetti Communications
  • FrontRow Education
  • Fuse Project
  • EJ Gallo
  • Genentech
  • Glu Mobile
  • Google
  • Grass Roots Gay Rights Foundation
  • Grizzly Creek Management
  • Hashi Corp
  • Highwire Communications
  • Hill & Knowlton
  • Holo
  • Honos
  • Horn Group
  • Hotwire Communications
  • HrQ
  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies
  • IfWe
  • Imagine Zero
  • Imperfect Foods
  • Inner Circle Labs
  • Jackson Family Wines
  • Kasada
  • Kaya Energy
  • Kicker Studio
  • Kinesso
  • Koski Research
  • L Studio
  • Lattice Engines
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Lithium Technologies
  • Logica Research
  • LucasFilm
  • LumenVox
  • The Mark Company
  • Mars PetCare
  • Marygold
  • Matterkind
  • Matternet
  • Maven Recruiting
  • Medal
  • Meltwater
  • Merrill Corporation
  • Gary Morganroth Architect
  • Mphasis Corporation
  • Next Insurance
  • Nielsen
  • North Bay Health Care
  • Northern California Human Resources Association
  • Novell
  • O’Melveney & Myers
  • Organic
  • Oracle
  • PayPal
  •  Pivot Bio
  • Pure Storage
  • Qubole
  • Rainin Foundation
  • RAPP
  • Rina Corporation
  • Run8 Patent Group
  • Science Exchange
  • Sega
  • Seagate
  • Siemens
  • Slap Company
  • Smith AI
  • Social Glass
  • Solvay
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Professionals
  • City of South San Francisco
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Solvay
  • SparkPR
  • Stamen Design
  • Sterling Brands
  • Sutro Machine
  • Syng
  • Sweet Cruises and Resorts
  • Tax Valet
  • TeleNav
  • Tides Foundation
  • Washington DC Department of Health Care Finance
  • Veme
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Wells Fargo
  • WE Worldwide
  • Yahoo
  • Yammer
  • YMCA
  • Zlot and Associates