About

Travis Howell

Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine


I am an assistant professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of California, Irvine. My research primarily focuses on founders and the other people within and around startups. 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 work has been cited in various news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, Yahoo! Finance, Reuters, Washington Post, CNN, CNBC, the Los Angeles Times, Observer.com, and Marketplace.com. My research has been funded by the Kauffman Foundation, the Strategy Research Foundation, and the Kenan Institute 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.