Travis Howell

Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

I am an assistant professor of Strategy at the University of California, Irvine. My research primarily focuses on early-stage entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the people within and around startups. I have interviewed hundreds of founders about their entrepreneurial journeys, and draw from those experiences in both my research and teaching. Some of my recent research also focuses on the increasing popularity of coworking spaces, where communities of founders interact with and learn from one another.

My research has been funded by the Kauffman Foundation, the Strategy Research Foundation, and the Kenan Insitute of Private Enterprise. I am indebted to these organizations for their support and assistance.

Before entering academia, I worked as a consultant at PwC focusing on the valuation of intangible assets (technology, customer relationships, trademarks, etc.). Clients ranged from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies. I also worked at two startups: IMSAR, a startup developing advanced radar technology, and Seasons, an attempt at re-inventing the grocery store. These experiences influence both my research and my teaching.