Sean O'Sullivan is presenting at South Summit on Oct 5, 2016  


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Managing Director @
46 Investments in 34 Companies

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Founded MapInfo Corporation with John Haller, Laszlo Bardos, Andy Dressel in 1985 upon graduation from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Company was first to "popularize" street mapping (where you type in an address and see a street map), and in 1994 it became a public company.

O'Sullivan went on to found a rock band (Janet Speaks French), recording studio (Sonic Studios of Philadelphia), internet companies (including NetCentric), and an eponymous venture capital fund (SOSventures, later rebranded SOSV), which has backed several hundred start-ups, about 16 of which have been acquired by major companies or become public companies (as of 2016).

Co-creator (with George Favaloro of Compaq Computer) of the term "cloud computing" in 1996. Co-founder of international aid organization JumpStart International in 2003. Co-founder (with Cyril Ebersweiler of SOSV) of the first startup accelerator program in China (Chinaccelerator, 2009), and the first hardware startup accelerator program (Haxlr8r, Shenzhen, January 2012).

Currently the Managing Director of SOSV, which invests about $50m per year (as of 2016) in about 150 startups per year that go through the SOSV family of accelerators (HAX, IndieBio, Food-X, MOX, Chinaccelerator, Urban-X, etc).

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Managing Director

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DateInvested InRoundDetails
May, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Jan, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
Oct, 2015$200k / Angel
Aug, 2015undisclosed amount / Series B
Jun, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
May, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
May, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
May, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Apr, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Feb, 2015$25k / Seed
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jan, 2015$25k / Venture
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jan, 2015$25k / Seed
Jan, 2015$100k / SeedPersonal Investment
Dec, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
Nov, 2014$24M / Series B
Sep, 2014$50k / GrantPersonal Investment
Jul, 2014undisclosed amount / Venture
Jun, 2014undisclosed amount / Seed
May, 2014$60k / VenturePersonal Investment
Sep, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed
Mar, 2013undisclosed amount / Seed
Dec, 2012undisclosed amount / Seed
Aug, 2012$13.9M / Series A
Dec, 2011$1.73M / Grant
Dec, 2010$5.6M / Series A (Lead)
Jun, 2010undisclosed amount / Seed
Nov, 2009undisclosed amount / Venture
Nov, 2009undisclosed amount / Series A
Apr, 2009$2.5M / Seed
Dec, 2008undisclosed amount / Venture
Jul, 2008undisclosed amount / Venture
Jun, 2008undisclosed amount / Venture
Dec, 2007undisclosed amount / Seed
Nov, 2007undisclosed amount / Venture
Mar, 2007$2M / Seed
Mar, 2007$5.1M / Venture (Lead)

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South Summit

October 05, 2016 - October 07, 2016

Las Ventas, Madrid, Las Ventas, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain

The South Summit is one of the leading startup conferences in Europe aimed to prove to the world the talent, the innovation.

Past Event Appearances (2)

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