About Me

Downtown SF-2 (Linked in 2015)

I’m an enterprise account executive at Coursera, where I help customers transform their skills using Coursera’s catalog of classes from the best universities and companies in the world. I’ve partnered with Fortune 500 companies, top-ranked professional services firms, and international corporations.

I’m a lifelong learner, having switched careers from law to business and embarked on the task of developing new skills. I take Coursera courses to help me achieve the growth I want in my career.

I came to the tech sector because I wanted to play a pivotal role in building great companies. I’ve launched new products, designed sales processes, and created a sales and marketing team. My experience includes roles ranging from account executive to VP of sales and marketing at startups backed investors such as Menlo Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Y Combinator.

In my legal career, I learned to analyze and communicate with rigor. I worked as a litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

I got my J.D. from Yale Law School and my B.A. in History from Williams College. My full profile is here.

When I’ve made my mark on the business world and am ready to take a step back, I plan to find a high school with talented students and teach history and coach debate.

My favorite history books are Postwar by Tony Judt, which covers Europe since the end of the Second World War, and SPQR by Mary Beard, which chronicles the rise of Rome. Both authors excel at spotting the driving forces of change and laughing at the ironies of momentous events.

My favorite race car is the late-1960s Lotus 49. Race cars have gotten faster and, thankfully, much safer. But they haven’t become more beautiful.

You can reach me at mpinkel@coursera.org.