John Tillquist

Dr. John Tillquist

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

Joined the Entrepreneurship Team in 2011

Dr. John Tillquist is a researcher, senior administrator and angel investor. He specializes in economic development, emphasizing high-growth, high-wage business development. John has held technical and managerial positions at AT&T, GTE, and Ameritech as well as business & engineering faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside. He currently administers six economic development centers, eighteen federal and state grants, and is president of the Inland Empire network of the Tech Coast Angels. He has been CEO and founding president for two software start-up businesses in California and in Canada. With over 25 refereed academic publications and numerous white papers, Dr. Tillquist frequently consults for and mentors start-up technology companies throughout southern California.


  • ENTR 545 – New Venture Resource Requirements
  • ENTR 621 – Entrepreneurship and New Ventures

Research Interests:

Economic development; new venture investment.

Most Recent Publication(s):

  • Tillquist, J., and Rodgers, W. 2002. Using asset specificity and asset scope to measure the value of IT. Communications of the ACM, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp. 75-80

Awards & Recognition:

  • 2009 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award recipient - Supporter of Entrepreneurship.