Over the last 45 years, Howard Tullman has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies, built extensive collections of modern art and PEZ dispensers, written a play, co-founded a media arts school (Tribeca Flashpoint College), sat on at least a dozen nonprofit and civic boards, written hundreds of articles and blog posts—and all while consuming copious quantities of Diet Coke.
A background in law (J.D., Northwestern, 1970) proved useful in both obvious practical ways, but also as a lens for critical thinking. In an article for the Chicago Tribune about the importance of teaching code to kids, Tullman wrote:
"...the real value of learning to code isn't in the mastery of the tools; it's in the internalization of the methods, the analysis, and the critical thought processes that are the foundational skills of all great programmers. I'm almost certain that the world doesn't need another scheduling service or sharing site. But we need all the critical thinkers and change agents we can create."
Education. Tech. Entrepreneurship. Art. Howard's multi-front career defined STEAM (that's STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with a dash of Art for alchemical magic) before STEAM itself had been defined.
Tullman is the General Managing Partner for Chicago High Tech Investment Partners, LLC and G2T3V, LLC, both Chicago-based venture capital funds.
He is the former President of Kendall College and the former Chairman/CEO of Experiencia, Inc.
Tullman is the Chairman of the Endowment Committee of Anshe Emet Synagogue; a member of Mayor Emanuel's ChicagoNEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils; the Innovate Illinois and Illinois Arts Councils; a Member of Cook County 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.