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CJ Cornell is a veteran media industry executive, entrepreneur, investor, author and educator with a long history of creating products and companies television, broadband, and other consumer media platforms.
Most recently CJ Cornell was Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and Co-Director at the school’s Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship, as well as ASU’s first full time Entrepreneur-in-Residence.
Along with veteran journalism icon Dan Gillmor, CJ Cornell developed and taught an innovative series of entrepreneurship courses,mentored advanced student digital media entrepreneurship projects, helping them transform their ideas from concept to product to market, and into viable, scalable ventures. In 2010 they were recognized by ASU President Michael Crow as the recipients of ASU’s prestigious President’s Award for Innovation.
As a serial entrepreneur, CJ 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.
Some of his startups venture experience includes:
- Founder of Chaos Media Networks – the first Video on Demand cable television network in the US, with 10 branded channels, and grew to be one of the largest cable networks on the west coast (sold in 2005).
- Sr. Vice President of Ruckus Networks – the largest music sharing service for college campuses (acquired by Sony and Universal Music Group).
- Founder of Propel Arizona – a pioneering online crowdfunding company that was the largest in the southwest US before it was acquired in Jan 2014.
- VP at Mobileway – a multinational l text messaging technology and content network (acquired by Sybase)
- Founder of Wisdom TV/Sagesse – a cable TV network that also launch some of the world’s first interactive features.
- Co-Founder of Aha Media – a media technology company that used behavior to predict and suggest programs that people would like to watch.
- Founder of ProtoCorp Telesystems – created and deployed the industry’s first smartphones (funded and later acquired by BellSouth corp)
- Founder of ProtoCorp International – launched the first complete PC-based human resources software #1 in the world and sold on all 7 continents.
- Served as a Board Member and Venture Partner at Silicon Ventures, LLC.
He has been an advisor or consultant to companies such as Disney, Comcast, Time Warner, Canal+, Universal Television, Sony, Microsoft and Sun. CJ continues to serve as an advisor and consultant on technology and strategic issues to financial institutions and investment banks, while occasionally serving as an expert witness on matters of business, technology and media.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona CJ Cornell sits on the board of many public entrepreneurship and economic development committees, and
and sits on the board of 5 high tech companies. He recently served on the New York Institute of Technology Dean’s Executive Advisory Board – School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
He is the author of many published academic papers and articles on subjects related to entrepreneurship, technology, media and education. He was one of the first bloggers when he created the popular site Cerebral Graffiti in 1995.
CJ Cornell is the author of the best selling book The Age of Metapreneurship – A Journey into the Future of Entrepreneurship (Venture Point Press, May 2017), and The Startup Brain Trust – A Guidebook for Startups, Entrepreneurs, and the Experts that Help them Become Great. (Venture Point Press, October 2017).
CJ gives about 40-50 speeches, workshops and seminars each year on a variety of entrepreneurship-related subjects such as new venture building, crowd-sciences and digital media.
CJ Cornell holds undergraduate degrees in engineering, a master’s in management and a Ph.D. in marketing and strategy. Outside of business, CJ has practiced martial arts for 21 years and has been an instructor for eight years. He holds advanced black belts in Karate, Jujitsu, Aikido and in other disciplines. The Smithsonian recognized CJ as one of the influential teachers and mentors of 1999.