Failure is the Secret Sauce of Silicon Valley

The key to success at anything is to never give up. Do not let your first failure be your last. Because failure is the secret sauce to self-improvement.

May 10, 2022, 7:00 AM

1 hour

PST San Francisco Timezone

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About the session

Hap Klopp was the founder and, for 20 years, the CEO of The North Face which has its origins in the Silicon Valley region of the US.  After selling The North Face he set up his own consulting company, participated in a number of business startups, served on some corporate boards, taught at major business schools, including Hult, and  has written two best selling business books—Conquering The North Face, 2012 and Almost, 2018.

His presentation, entitled “Failure is the Secret Sauce of Silicon Valley,” draws from all of those varied experiences, especially those outlined in “Almost.”   The talk will touch on the unique attitudes in Silicon Valley towards failure, and how the acceptance of it has led to The Silicon Valley and San Fransisco bay Area to become fertile ground for businesses.

Hap Klopp

Adventurer and executive, Hap Klopp has run numerous companies and spoken around the world on branding, adventuring, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Among other achievements, he is credited with establishing the backpacking industry through the development of The North Face.

After selling his highly successful company, he began an international management consulting firm, HK Consulting, with offices in Berkeley, CA and Tokyo, Japan. His consulting engagements included such diverse companies as Cocona, Helly Hansen, Reebok, Royal Robbins, Merrill Lynch, and Paramount Pictures.

He has simultaneously invested in and participated in a number of entrepreneurial ventures and served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies, including Cocona—a nano technology fabric company, and Obscura Digital—a digital marketing and data visualization company.

Hap Klopp

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About Hult

More than a non-profit business school, Hult is a dynamic multicultural community that educates, inspires, and connects some of the world’s most forward-thinking business talent. We flip the traditional approach to education by using learning-by-doing experiences to transform students' skillset, from the moment they join us, into that of an exceptional businessperson, from the moment they graduate.

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