Howard A. Tullman

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Howard A. Tullman
Howard A. Tullman, Chairman of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
Born (1945-06-27) June 27, 1945 (age 71)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Occupation 1871, CEO; G2T3V, Managing Partner; Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, Managing Partner

Howard A. Tullman is an American serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator, writer, lecturer, and art collector. He currently serves as CEO of 1871, Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC, and the Managing Partner of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners LLC.

Early life[edit]

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1945, Tullman was raised in a "humble, but driven and competitive" family of eight.[1] He is the son of an apparel salesman and a stay-at-home mother (who later ran for public office in New Jersey)[1] and the eldest of six siblings.[2]

A seasoned entrepreneur by age 10 (having built both a candy racket and a magic performance business in his free time), Tullman and his family moved to Highland Park, Illinois in 1955.[2] Tullman graduated from Highland Park High School in 1963.

Education[edit]

Tullman attended Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree, graduating cum laude in 1967 with a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics.[2] He went on to receive his J.D. from Northwestern's School of Law where he graduated with Honors in 1970. During his time at Northwestern, Tullman was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as the Chairman of the Editors of the Law Review.[2] 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.

Entrepreneurial career[edit]

Tullman's entrepreneurial career spans five decades and a broad swath of industries. As of May 2011, Tullman has started 12 companies, including Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, CCC Information Services, Tunes.com, the Rolling Stone Network, Imagination Pilots, Experiencia, and others.[1] Tullman has also been tapped for senior executive positions at established institutions such as Coin Inc., Worldwide Xceed and Kendall College, where his expertise in turn-arounds saved the school from going into bankruptcy in 2003.[1]

Noteworthy positions held[edit]

  • President and CEO, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
  • Chairman and CEO, Experiencia
  • President, Kendall College
  • CEO, Worldwide Xceed Group, Inc., a public Chicago-based provider of digital strategy and Internet design services
  • CEO, Tunes.com, an early provider of online digital music and other resources and the developer under his guidance and direction of Rollingstone.com, DownbeatJazz.com and The Source.com – the top 3 online music sites in the early 1990s
  • CEO, Imagination Pilots, Inc., a multimedia software developer specializing in CD-ROM games and entertainment products for the PC and Macintosh
  • CEO, Eager Enterprises, Inc., a privately held information industry venture capital firm which he founded in Chicago
  • Chairman, Financial Protection Services, a privately held corporation providing computerized information to businesses and consumers
  • Founder and CEO, CCC Information Services, a public corporation in the automotive insurance industry
  • CEO, Information Kinetics, Inc. and Career Network, which developed and marketed a unique national computerized database of job candidates
  • CEO, COIN, Inc., a provider of automotive information, communication channels, and information management systems to the automotive industry and to related credit and financial industries
  • Co-founder, Monumental Art and Events, Inc., an event marketing organization
  • CEO, Original Research II, a customer satisfaction measurement and management company
  • Chairman of the Board and Lead Director of The Cobalt Group in Seattle and The Princeton Review in New York

1871 Chicago[edit]

In January 2014, Tullman became CEO of 1871, a non-profit startup hub located in The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Illinois and of its parent, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC).[3] 1871 was founded in May 2012 and is home to over 495 digital startups.[3]

Recently, Tullman has helped establish The Bunker,[4] the veteran run startup incubator.

Law career[edit]

Tullman practiced law from the time he was admitted to the Bar in 1970 until 1980, specializing in large-scale class action cases and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.[2] In 1974, he was admitted on special petition to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.[1] He retired from law to found CCC Information Services.[2]

Written works[edit]

Tullman has written, lectured and been interviewed on a number of legal and career issues. He has contributed chapters to several books, including Life After Law and Innovating Chicago Style. He also wrote the preface for You Need to be a Little Crazy by Barry Moltz, and his business ventures are included in a more recent book by Robert Jordan entitled How They Did It.

Tullman currently writes The Perspiration Principles, which appears weekly on Inc. Magazine's website, Inc.com.[5] The articles published on Inc. served as the foundation for Tullman's book series, The Perspiration Principles. He is also the author of HindSight, a newsletter on current topics of interest to entrepreneurs and managers.

Disruptive innovation in education[edit]

Throughout his career in higher education, Tullman has been a proponent of revolutionizing the industry through disruptive innovation which is Clayton M. Christensen's term to describe new, rapidly iterated innovations that start from the bottom of traditional industries by providing small-scale and relatively inexpensive solutions (which quickly expand and improve) and which disrupt those existing marketplaces by displacing earlier, out-of-date programs with less expensive, faster and more effective solutions typically based on emerging new technologies.

As an early adopter of this philosophy, Tullman was among the first to bring disruptive innovation to for-profit education as evidenced in his work at Kendall College, Experiencia, and Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.[6] In each of these education ventures, Tullman sought to create educational environments that fed creativity while providing skill sets for future successful employment in the new digital world:

  • At Kendall College, Tullman transformed a 75-year-old failing college into a new entity and moved the campus from its home in Evanston to Chicago in a brand-new, purpose-built facility in order to put students closer to the real-world opportunities available in their fields (especially culinary and hospitality) and to provide them with the newest tools, technologies and equipment available.
  • At Experiencia (the parent of Exchange City and Earth Works), Tullman developed hands-on, learning experiences for children that reinforced the lessons learned in the classroom in a simulated city environment. Innovative partnerships with dozens of major businesses provided resources and access for the students to experience the real world of work.
  • At Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, Tullman and his partners designed and developed a hands-on, team-based, cross-disciplinary, fast-track approach to digital media arts training, allowing students to learn digital technologies faster and more economically than at traditional four-year competitors.

Howard A. and Judith Tullman art collection[edit]

The Howard A. and Judith Tullman art collection is among the largest and most diverse collections of contemporary realist art in America.[7] The collection contains upwards of 1,300 pieces, more than 250 of which line the halls of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy.[1]

In addition to being an active collector, Tullman has also lent and donated art from the Tullman Collection to museums[8] including:

Tullman has worked closely over the last 30 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 catalogs including a major publication of 61 paintings from the Collection by the Mobile Museum of Art.

Works[edit]

  • Altman, Mary Ann (1991). Life After Law: Second Careers for Lawyers. W. Smith Co. ISBN 978-0963061003.
  • Kuczmarski, Thomas D.; Dan Miller and Luke Tanen (2012). Innovating Chicago Style: How Local Innovators are Building the National Economy. Chicago: Book Ends Publisher. pp. 74–75. ISBN 978-0-615-54885-2.
  • Moltz, Barry (2008). You Need To Be a Little Crazy. Chicago: AuthorHouse. pp. xiii. ISBN 978-1438921907.
  • Jordan, Robert (2010). How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America. Chicago: RedFlash Press. pp. 152–156. ISBN 978-0615385433.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2012). The Perspiration Principles Volume I. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1479250424.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2012). The Perspiration Principles Volume II. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1479265411.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2012). The Perspiration Principles Volume III. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 148396597X.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2013). The Perspiration Principles Volume IV. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 149093376X.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2013). The Perspiration Principles Volume V. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1492233137.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume VI. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1494911515.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume VII. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499661207.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume VIII. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499674155.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume IX. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1503253988.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume X. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1503253988.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume XI. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1619849941
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). The Perspiration Principles Volume XII. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849852.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2015). The Perspiration Principles Volume XIII. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849860.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2015). The Perspiration Principles Volume XIV. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849879.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2015). The Perspiration Principles Volume XV. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849887.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2015). The Perspiration Principles Volume XVI. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849720.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2016). The Perspiration Principles Volume XVII. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849739.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2016). The Perspiration Principles Volume XVIII. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849747.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2014). Tullman on Company Culture: How to Build & Grow a Successful Business. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849992.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2015). Fundraising in the Digital Age: You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 161984978X.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2015). Launching a Startup in the Digital Age: You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849844.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2016). Sales & Marketing in the Digital Age: You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849828.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2016). Customer Acquisition & Retention in the Digital Age: You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish For. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 1619849836.
  • Tullman, Howard A. (2016). Growing a Startup in the Digital Age: You Get What You Work For, Not What You Wish for. BlogIntoBook.com. ISBN 161984981X.

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Black, Johnathan (May 2011). "Howard Tullman's Flashpoint Academy: A Digital-Arts Alternative to the Four-Year College Degree". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Kravitz, Seth. "The Magic Man: How Howard Tullman has Produced the Ultimate Innovators' Playpen". Technori. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131123/BLOGS11/131129895/howard-tullman-takes-over-1871
  4. ^ http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140627/BLOGS11/140629836/1871-goes-into-the-bunker-for-veteran-led-startups
  5. ^ Tullman, Howard. "The Perspiration Principles". Inc.com. Inc. Magazine. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ Meyer, Ann (January 14, 2008). "Howard Tullman provides business lesson in running for-profit schools". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ "The Things Make the Art". American Art Collector (77): 56–61. April 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Rose, Joshua; Terri Dodd (October 2006). "The Tullman Collector". American Art Collector (12): 72–81.