My Mission

I’m on a mission to help game-changing startups develop and optimize their leadership culture for hypergrowth. 

About Coop

Michael O. "Coop" Cooper

Michael O. "Coop" Cooper

Executive Coach, Trainer + Facilitator

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. He coached the team who won the 2018 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Interaction Design for the Atlas of Emotions project for the Dalai Llama.

For the past 16 years, he 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. He has also been 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.

Training & Tools

You can learn more about the tools and training I’ve completed to do my work here.

Selected Client List

Leaders Coached

Companies Served


I have been fortunate to work with leaders from these companies:

  • Accuray
  • Altimeter Group
  • American Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • Attack! Marketing
  • Auth0
  • Bateman Group
  • Baton Trucking
  • BetaBrand
  • K G Bell Construction
  • Biking Billboards
  • Bite Communications
  • Blanc & Otus
  • BPM
  • Brandshare
  • BYND
  • Cellares Corporation
  • Cohn & Wolfe
  • Creo Design
  • Eastwick Communications
  • eBay
  • Engage PR
  • Epic Public Relations
  • Facebook
  • Firebrick Consulting
  • Fleishman Hillard
  • Fraenkel Gallery
  • Franchetti Communications
  • FrontRow Education
  • Fuse Project
  • Genentech
  • Glu Mobile
  • Google
  • Grizzly Creek Management
  • Highwire PR
  • Hill & Knowlton
  • Horn Group
  • Hotwire Communications
  • HrQ
  • IfWe
  • Inner Circle Labs
  • Jackson Family Wines
  • Kicker Studio
  • Koski Research
  • L Studio
  • Lattice Engines
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Lithium Technologies
  • Logica Research
  • LumenVox
  • The Mark Company
  • Mars PetCare
  • Marygold
  • Matternet
  • Maven Recruiting
  • Medal
  • Meltwater
  • Merrill Corporation
  • Gary Morganroth Architect
  • Mphasis Corporation
  • North Bay Health Care
  • Northern California Human Resources Association
  • Novell
  • O’Melveney & Myers
  • Organic
  • PayPal
  • Qubole
  • Rainin Foundation
  • Rina Corporation
  • Run8 Patent Group
  • Science Exchange
  • Sega
  • Seagate
  • Siemens
  • Slap Company
  • Social Glass
  • Solvay
  • Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals
  • City of South San Francisco
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Solvay
  • SparkPR
  • Stamen Design
  • Sterling Brands
  • Sutro Machine
  • Sweet Cruises and Resorts
  • TeleNav
  • Tides Foundation
  • Washington DC Department of Health Care Finance
  • Veme
  • Weber Shandwick
  • Wells Fargo
  • WE Worldwide
  • Yahoo
  • Yammer
  • YMCA
  • Zlot and Associates