Mark Cannice

Department Chair / Professor

Department Chair • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6785 Malloy Hall, Room 233
Office Hours, spring 2018


Professor Mark V. Cannice is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San Francisco School of Management.

Cannice writes the widely-followed quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report® which is published by ProQuest and EBSCO, indexed globally on Bloomberg Professional Services in 170 countries (Bloomberg ticker symbol: SVVCCI), and has been referenced in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Xinhua News Service, CNBC, National Public Radio, and many other media. He has written similar quarterly research reports on the Chinese venture capital industry, China Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report™ (Bloomberg ticker symbol: CVCCI).

Professor Cannice's research in venture capital and technology management has been published in many leading academic journals (e.g. Management International Review, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship), and he is the co-author of Management: A Global, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial Perspective, 14th edition (2013) (published and distributed by McGraw-Hill in four languages).

Professor Cannice founded the USF Entrepreneurship Program, which under his leadership grew to become recognized among the nation's leading entrepreneurship programs:

  • 2004 - 12th most entrepreneurial campus in the nation according to Princeton Review and
  • 2005 - Top tier university entrepreneurship program according to Entrepreneur Magazine
  • 2006 - Top 25 graduate program in entrepreneurship in the nation according to Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine
  • 2014 – 21st most entrepreneurial research university according to Forbes Magazine
  • 2015 – 19th most entrepreneurial research university according to Forbes Magazine
  • 2016 – Ranked 19th best entrepreneurship program in the U.S. according to U.S. News
  • 2017 - Again, ranked 19th best entrepreneurship program in the U.S. according to U.S. News 

Cannice has advised and lectured governmental organizations and universities from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America on entrepreneurial education, given keynote addresses to CEO/CTO, attorney, and private equity manager audiences, and has been a Visiting Professor with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Peking University - two of China's top universities. He founded his own company, Pacific Business Development, Inc., an international trading firm. He also served nine years active duty as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy - most notably as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander leading an aircrew in military operations throughout the Pacific, and was promoted to Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.


  • United States Trademark #3,751,321 'Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index' 2010
Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business
Co-Chair, Undergraduate Programs Committee
Ph.D., Indiana University (1997)
M.S., Indiana University (1996)
MBA, University of San Francisco (1992)
B. S., United States Naval Academy (1984)
Venture Capital
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Technology Management

“Trends in Confidence among Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists: Q1 2004 – Q2 2017.” Journal of Private Equity, Vol 20 (2017).

“What Can Managers Learn from Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists?”. Graziadio Business    Review, Vol 20 (2017).

“Towards a Framework of Reverse Knowledge by Emerging Economy Multinationals: Evidence from Chinese MNEs in the U.S.”, Thunderbird International Business Review, Vol. 59 (2017). With Zeyu Peng, Cindy Qin, Roger Chen, and Xiaohua Yang.

“What do Venture Capitalists Think of Venture Capital Research?” Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (Routledge), Vol 18 (2016). With JP Allen and Manuel Tarrazo.

"The Right Moves: Creating Experiential Management Learning with Chess," International Journal of Management Education (Elsevier), Vol. 11 (2013).

"Venture Capital in China: Development, Confidence, and Lessons," Economy, Management and Development, Vol 14 (2012). With Cathy Goldberg and Ling Ding.

"Metaphors Used by Venture Capitalists: Darwinism, Architecture, and Myth," Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance (Routledge), Vol 12 (2010). With Art Bell.

"Venture Capitalists Confidence, Asymmetric Information, and Liquidity Events," Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Routledge), Vol 22 (2009). With Cathy Goldberg.