For over 18 years, I’ve been around startups as an entrepreneur, educator, advisor, and mentor. During that time, I’ve gained keen insight into how entrepreneurs pursue business opportunities, build companies, and create economic value.
Based on what I learned over those years, I designed and now run The Junto Institute, a school that accelerates the maturity of company founders by improving their leadership capabilities, management skills, and emotional intelligence so they can effectively run a growing, profitable company. It’s an apprenticeship-based model that taps into the wisdom of master practitioners: experienced CEOs, entrepreneurs, and executives.
I’m also a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at DePaul University, where I launched and led the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, and am a keynote speaker and blogger on craftsmanship, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
When not working, I spend lots of time with my wife and kids, challenge myself to create the perfect lawn and garden, 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 a 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. As much as formal education has played a role in my life, I believe its future is on shaky ground as more practical, nimble, and relevant options arise.