Mark Herschberg

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Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.

  • What is your favorite quote? "A life lived in fear is a life half lived"--Strictly Ballroom
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? 1. A handshake that changed my life. 2. The moment I understood cross disciplinary models
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Formerly one of the top ballroom dancers in the country. I've been teaching at MIT for two decades. I'm active with a few non-profits.
  • Is there anything else we should know about you? I'm also a cybersecurity CTO and have 14 patents across multiple fields.