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Common mistakes of entrepreneurs and innovation trends
Sean’s approach is straightforward: match big challenges to entrepreneurs with the hunger, experience, and commitment to go all out toward delivering the best solution. To this end, he uses his broad experience in technology to ask the hard questions—questions that determine whether an innovative idea has what it takes to succeed as a business.
Beyond the hunt for game-changing ideas, one of Sean’s favorite day-to-day activities is the recruitment of great people, something he sees as essential for Highland’s continued success and evolution.
Sean focuses on disruptive technologies in the mobile, enterprise and media markets. He represents Highland on the boards of Anova Data, CENX, ClearSky Data, ExaGrid, Infinio, QD Vision, Xometry.
Recognized multiple times by the Forbes Midas List as one of the top venture capitalists in the industry, Sean’s previous board seats include AccessLan Communications (acquired by Advanced Fibre Communications), Altiga Networks (acquired by Cisco), CCTV Wireless (acquired by TerreStar), CHiL Semiconductor (acquired by International Rectifier), Covergence (acquired by Acme Packet), Envoy Networks (acquired by Texas Instruments), Ocular Networks (acquired by Tellabs), Optasite (acquired by SBA Communications), P.A. Semi (acquired by Apple), Starent Networks (IPO and subsequently acquired by Cisco), and Telica (acquired by Alcatel/Lucent).
Previously Sean acted as Venture Associate—focusing on communications and electronic commerce—at Fidelity Capital. Before that, he was a Product Manager for GTE (now Verizon), leading the nation’s first DSL trial for Internet access.
Sean holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S., Electrical Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and a B.S., Electrical Engineering from University of Delaware.