CJ Cornell is Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the school’s Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship.
Along with veteran journalism icon Dan Gillmor, they teach an innovative series of entrepreneurship courses and mentor advanced students’ digital media projects, helping transform their ideas from concept to product to market, and into viable, scalable ventures.
As a serial entrepreneur, Cornell was a founder or part of the senior management team of more than a dozen successful startup ventures that collectively attracted over $250 million in private funding; created nearly a thousand new jobs; and launched dozens of innovative consumer, media and communications products that have exceeded $3 billion in revenues. In more than a decade as a mentor, board member and investor, CJ Cornell has helped scores of young entrepreneurs start new and innovative companies and build them into successful, valuable growth ventures.
CJ Cornell holds degrees in engineering and management, and a Ph.D. in marketing and strategy. CJ is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, is an advisor to Silicom Ventures, LLC, one of the largest Angel/Venture funds in the United States, and sits on the boards of four high-tech companies.