Sean got his entrepreneurial start in 1985 as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo grew to a $200 million revenue public company with over 1,000 employees worldwide. His next company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing”.
Sean continued as an entrepreneur and investor, creating and supporting a range of business, humanitarian and educational endeavors. A major promoter of economic and social development, he founded JumpStart International in 2003, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones and oversaw 3,500 staff at the height of the Iraq conflict. As benefactor of the O’Sullivan Foundation, Sean has also been a primary funder of organizations such as the Khan Academy, Mathletes and CoderDojo.
SOSV is a global venture fund with more than 110 staff, supporting investments in over 150 new startups every year. SOSV runs the world’s most active startup development programs in hardware (HAX), life sciences (IndieBio), Asia cross-border startups (Chinaccelerator/MOX) and blockchain (dlab). Major offices are located in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei, San Francisco, New York, Cork, and Tokyo. As of January 2022, SOSV had more than 1,000 portfolio companies, including their Climate Tech 100 and (just released) Human Health 100
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California.