Sean O'Sullivan is presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 on Dec 5, 2016  


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48 Investments in 34 Companies

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Sean O’Sullivan is managing director of SOSV, the pioneering venture capital firm that is a world leader in running vertical startup accelerator programs. His first company, MapInfo, grew to a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees, and popularized street mapping on computers. His first internet company, NetCentric, developed many concepts in internet computing, and he is credited as the cocreator of the term “cloud computing”. Sean founded JumpStart International, a leading humanitarian organization in conflict zones, in the 2000s, where he oversaw over 3,500 staff at the height of the organization in the Iraq conflict. He was co-founder and managing director of Carma, a 35-person real-time carpooling company. SOSV founded and runs accelerators such as HAX, IndieBio, Food-X, Interface, and Chinaccelerator. As of 2016, SOSV has $300m in assets under management and is in the top 5% of venture capitalists globally based on return an investment (returns over 19 years average 36% net). He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He is also an initial and continuing primary supporter of such organizations such as Coderdojo (a global network of coding clubs that 50,000 kids attend every week) and Khan Academy (used by 15 million students to learn every month). He’s on the board of Rensselaer, Khan Academy, and Coderdojo, and a number of private companies.

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DateInvested InRoundDetails
Aug, 2016undisclosed amount / Convertible Note
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 / Seed
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / Seed
Jan, 2015$25k / Seed
Jan, 2015undisclosed amount / Venture
Jan, 2015$25k / Venture
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

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TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016

December 05, 2016 - December 06, 2016

The Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, England, United Kingdom

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies.

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