Sean O’Sullivan founded JumpStart International in Iraq in September of 2003. Under his leadership, JumpStart began by engaging Iraqis in rebuilding their country and by the end of 2003 employed almost 600 people in clearance and reconstruction jobs. By 2004 JumpStart had grown to be the largest NGO in Iraq. Read more about JumpStart’s early days here.
Sean O’Sullivan is founder and Managing Director of SOSV. Sean got his entrepreneurial start as a founder of MapInfo, bringing street mapping technology to personal computers. MapInfo went on to become a $200 million public company with over 1,000 employees. In another startup, he and George Favaloro from Compaq invented the term “cloud computing.” Sean has continued as a visionary entrepreneur and investor, creating and supporting a range of businesses, humanitarian and educational endeavors, including JumpStart International, CoderDojo, Mathletes and Khan Academy.
Sean graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering.