Mark Thompson is a highly sought after executive coach, VC and New York Times bestselling author. Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’, and the American Management Association ranked him one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches”. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies, from Apple, American Express and The World Bank to Pinterest.com and Smule.com. He was founder Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com. He is a founding patron of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres, and founding advisor of the Stanford University Realtime Venture Design Lab, his alma mater. He was a founding board member of Esurance, now an Allstate company, and Interwoven, now an HP company, and the Frances Hesselbein Institute. He is a founding member of the World Bank President’s Leadership Advisory Council and bestselling author of Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters; Now Build a Great Business; and Admired, 21 Ways to Double Your Value.