Howard A. Tullman is the CEO of 1871 and the General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and for G2T3V, LLC – both Chicago-based early-stage venture capital funds which has invested in more than 25 Chicago-based startups in the last two years. He most recently was the Chairman/CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint College which he co-founded in 2007. He is the former President of Kendall College (which he transformed and moved from Evanston to Chicago in 2005) and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue, a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE); a member of Mayor Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; a member of the boards of the Innovate Illinois and Illinois Arts Councils; a member of President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council, an Advisory Board member of HighTower Associates, Built in Chicago, and Imerman Angels, and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School, as well as a regular guest lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Tullman also serves as a Director of Vehcon, SnapSheet, and PackBack Books and served as a long-time Director and Board Chairman of The Cobalt Group, a Trustee of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the New York Academy of Art in New York and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston. He was also the lead Director (and briefly Chairman) of The Princeton Review. Over the last 48 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies.
Mr. Tullman is a graduate with Honors of Northwestern University (B.A., 1967) and of its School of Law (J.D., 1970), where he also graduated with Honors, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as the Chairman of the Editors of the Law Review. He was selected as a Ford Foundation Fellow and developed, along with James R. Thompson, former Governor of Illinois, a national Ford Foundation program for the study of criminal law. Mr. Tullman was admitted to the Bar in 1970 and, on special petition, to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 1974. He practiced in Chicago for 10 years, specializing in Federal litigation, and served by appointment as a Special Master for class action litigation in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Tullman has written, lectured and been interviewed on a number of legal and career issues. He contributed a chapter on his activities to a book entitled Life After Law, which describes lawyers who have opted for alternative careers. Mr. Tullman has also served as an Arbitrator for more than 35 years for the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Tullman is a member of The Entrepreneurship Institute’s National Advisory Committee and has spoken on several occasions at the President’s Symposium of Chicago. He also served as a Participant/Panelist at the invitation of President Clinton at the 1995 Regional Economic Conference held at Ohio State University. Mr. Tullman wrote the preface for a book on start-ups by Barry Moltz entitled, “You Need to be a Little Crazy” and his business ventures are included in another book by Robert Jordan entitled “How They Did It” as well as in several other business texts. Mr. Tullman is the author of Growing a Startup in the Digital Age, Launching a Startup in the Digital Age, Mavens, Mentors and Masters of the Universe in the Digital Age, Tools and Technologies in the Digital Age, Fundraising in the Digital Age, and The Perspiration Principles (Volumes I thru XX) and writes a weekly business blog for INC. Magazine’s website. Mr. Tullman also wrote and produced HindSight, a newsletter for several hundred executive subscribers, on current topics of interest to entrepreneurs and managers for several years.
Mr. Tullman is an active art collector, lender and donor to museums including the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Smart Museum of Art of the University of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Evanston Art Center, the Springfield Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Madison Art Center, the Arnot Museum, the Frye Museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Museum of the South and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago. Mr. Tullman has worked closely over the last 40 years with various artists and, some years ago, created a limited edition work of art in collaboration with the internationally known artist, Christo, which was used as a fund raising project for the Museum of Contemporary Art, where he previously served as a Trustee. The Tullman Collection has been featured in numerous catalogues including a major publication of 61 paintings from the Collection by the Mobile Museum of Art.
Mr. Tullman was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (www.pcah.com) and served throughout the Clinton presidencies. Mr. Tullman was one of the lead producers in a Broadway musical called “Swinging on a Star” which is now being staged in various venues worldwide. “Swinging on a Star” was nominated for a Tony Award as one of the five best new musicals on Broadway in the 1995-1996 theater season. Finally, Mr. Tullman has served for a number of years as a Trustee of the Democratic National Committee and a member of the DNC Business Leadership Forum and previously served as a Vice Chairman of the Clinton Presidential Library Committee.