Cogswell Polytechnical College
Christopher-John “CJ” Cornell is Director of Venture Development and Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Most recently CJ Cornell was Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, the university’s first full time Entrepreneur-in-Residence and was the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award for Innovation and a visiting professor at New York Institute of Technology. As a serial entrepreneur, CJ Cornell was a founder or part of the senior management team of 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 two decades as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor and investor, CJ Cornell has helped scores of young entrepreneurs start new and innovative companies and build them into successful, valuable growth ventures. He holds degrees in engineering, management and a Ph.D. in marketing and strategy, and sits on the board of five high tech companies and many public entrepreneurship development agencies.