For over 17 years, I’ve been around startups as an educator, advisor, and mentor. During that time, I’ve gained keen insight into how entrepreneurs pursue business opportunities, build companies, and create economic value. From a mentoring perspective, founders and startups tell me that my strengths are in asking them hard questions, challenging assumptions, getting them to think differently, and sharing experiences.

Professionally, I recently launched The Junto Institute, a post-accelerator school that develops leadership capabilities, emotional intelligence, and management skills of startup founders, with a cohort of six companies. I'm also a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at DePaul University where I launched and led the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, and a frequent speaker and blogger on entrepreneurship.

When not working, I spend lots of time with my wife and kids, challenge myself with creating the perfect lawn, and continue trying to master the art of low-and-slow barbecue. I’m a baseball history buff, an indie rock junkie, and a mountain biking novice. I think my love for entrepreneurship stems from my fascination with the origins of almost everything. I have an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.