Friday, March 28, 2014


In a dynamic and rapid fire presentation, Howard Tullman will describe the six major trends at the intersection of social media and technology which are radically changing the ground rules and the ways in which every business will reach and engage its customers from now on.

Tullman's advice - "You don't want to be at the airport when your ship comes in".    

Social media and technology will shape the future through hyper-personalization, know-before-you-go data capabilities, constant connectivity and "smart reach", video camming and gamification, to name but a few.  

Tullman's forward looking presentation will demonstrate how these new "disruptive technologies" are radically changing the way that every business needs to operate.  Using examples, he will bring into view the impact these six major trends will have on our future.  It will make you think, re-look and maybe change how you do business today.  


Howard Tullman is labeled by Inc. Magazine as "the most accomplished, best-connected entrepreneur you've never heard of."

If we have never heard of him, who is Howard Tullman? 

Tullman is best described as a renaissance man.

A visionary, serial entrepreneur, investor, advisor, art collector, teacher, lecturer, lawyer, marathon runner, and friend of both Bill Clinton and Tyra Banks, Tullman has done it all.  And, he has the boundless energy to do more.  

Tullman is the new CEO of 1871, the hottest entrepreneurial tech hub in Chicago.  Governor Quinn said it best, "1871 is the heart of Illinois' thriving startup community, and I cannot think of a more experienced innovator and visionary leader than Howard Tullman to ensure its continued success.  As a lifelong entrepreneur, Howard knows what Chicago's best and brightest need to push the innovation boundaries further than ever before". 
Tullman has ambitious goals for 1871, which was founded in the spirit of entrepreneurship which flourished following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and located in The Merchandise Mart. At 1871, he hopes to improve and better curate the mentoring process, more accurately evaluate the member companies (both on the way “in” and on the way “out”), establish partnerships with international cities and innovation hubs, increase the resources for its members, develop suites for graduate companies, provide state-of-the-art production capabilities to support communication and marketing efforts, and focus most aggressively on those 1871 members most likely to build sustainable businesses and create new jobs for the city and the state.

At 68, Tullman is something of a Godfather of the city's tech scene. His entrepreneurial career spans more than four decades and a broad swath of industries. Tullman has been in the startup world so long he once founded and led a company that made CD-ROM games. The New York Times said that he likes to "write his own script" and predicted that one of his games would become "the big (Christmas) gift in 1994."   Before taking over the helm of 1871 last November, Tullman successfully built, managed, turned around and sold several prominent businesses.
A serial entrepreneur, Tullman has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies including Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, CCC Information Services, JAMtv,, the Rolling Stone Network, Imagination Pilots, Experiencia, Eager Enterprises Inc. and othersHe sold his first startup, CCC Information Services, for about $100 million in 1987.  As President, Tullman turned around Kendall College, saving it from bankruptcy. In nine months, he transformed the 75 year old failing college into a new entity, raising $60 million, moving it from Evanston to a state of the art facility in downtown Chicago and converted it from a nonprofit to a for-profit college. Another company, The Cobalt Group, where he served as a longtime board chair and was an early investor, sold in 2010 for more than $400 million.  When Tullman stepped back from the day-to-day operations of Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in 2012, he sold a majority interest to private equity firm, Sterling Partners for undisclosed terms. 

In total, Tullman has participated as a principal in 14 public offerings, two different complex reorganizations of large corporations where he was brought in as CEO to manage the turnaround process and approximately a dozen merger and/or acquisition transactions worth over $1.2 billion in the aggregate. 
Most recently he started his own venture capital firm G2T3Van early stage investment firm committed to financing and developing disruptive innovations. G2T3V is his second venture fund. The first, Chicago High-Tech Investment Partners LLC, was launched 11 years ago and is winding down, though it still has three active investments.  
An avid writer, Tullman currently writes The Perspiration Principles, which appears weekly on Inc. Magazine's website, The articles published on Inc. served as the foundation for Tullman's book series The Perspiration Principles- Volumes 1 through 7. He is also the author of HindSight, a newsletter on current topics of interest to entrepreneurs and managers.

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. The Howard A. and Judith Tullman art collection is among the largest and most diverse collections of contemporary realist art in America, containing upwards of 1,500 pieces.  Appointed by President Clinton, he served on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.  Tullman is a member of the ChicagoNEXT & Cultural Affairs Councils and the Illinois Innovation & Arts Councils. 

Tullman received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the same institution's School of Law.  He practiced law from 1970 to 1980 specializing in large-scale class action cases and Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  He has also served as an Arbitrator for more than 35 years for the American Arbitration Association.

Tullman is an adjunct professor at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he has taught an MBA class called "Start-Ups: Start to Finish" and lectures regularly on venturing and entrepreneurship. 

Check out his blog and website and you will discover even more why Tullman is a true "renaissance man" for the 21st century. 

How does Howard Tullman do it all?  


Please join us for this private event with Howard Tullman and be inspired on what lies ahead for you.   


DATE: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

LOCATION: Offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 131 South Dearborn, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL

5:00 to 6:00 pm Reception / Networking - Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres
6:00 to 7:30 pm Speaker Program and Q&A

COST: Early Bird Pricing until Friday, April 18, 2014
Wharton Club Members and Guests $35
Affiliate Partners:  
Members of the Harvard Business Club of Chicago and Stanford Graduate School Business Club of Chicago:  $35
Non-Club Members $50

COST: After April 18, 2014
Wharton Club Members and Guests $45
Affiliate Partners:  
Members of the Harvard Business Club of Chicago and Stanford Graduate School Business Club of Chicago:  $45  
Non-Club Members $60

REGISTRATION CLOSES: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Seating is limited.  Register early to ensure a spot.  
Previous registration is required, as building security requires a list of participants.  Walk-in registration is not permitted to this private event.

Public parking is available at 131 S. Dearborn, accessible by heading North on Dearborn from Adams and turning right into the alley separating the buildings.  The alley (Marble Place) runs parallel between Adams and Monroe. After 3:00 pm, parking is a special flat rate of $ 14.

For more information, please contact Paula Cacossa, WG'95, Vice President for Marketing & Programming or Alicia Raisinghani W'09, Vice President of Engagement.

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