We’re pumped to have spent some time with GAMECHANGER Sean Foote; a MBA Microfinance Professor at Berkeley/Stanford, Venture Capitalist at Labrador Ventures, and co-founder of both Toniic & Village Capital among many other roles. Follow his blog here: http://seanfoote.wordpress.com/
Sean Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early stage companies since 1998. He is Managing Director at Labrador Ventures, investors in more than 100 technology companies including Hotmail, Pandora, & Ustream.
Before venture investing, Mr. Foote was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, working in a wide range of industries such as telecom, computers, healthcare, banking, and automotive on topics ranging from strategic alliances to internet strategies. Mr. Foote also worked as a systems engineer for AT&T Laboratories, developing artificial intelligence systems for testing the most complicated telecommunication networks.
Philanthropically interested in education, social investment and microfinance, Sean is founder of Community Promise, an educational nonprofit. He is on the boards of directors of Freedom From Hunger and Silicon Valley Microfinance Network, and is the co-founder of Toniic, an angel investor group for impact investors, and Village Capital, a combination of YPO style entrepreneur support and business plan competition equity investments.
Sean is on the Professional Faculty of the University of California’s Haas School of Business where he teaches the Venture Capital and Private Equity classes as well as Microfinance; a course simulcasted to more that 75 business schooles around the country. He has also taught at Stanford, University of Michigan, University of Virgina, and University of Pennsylvania.
Educationally, Sean received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla (1988), and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business (1993), where he received the Shermett Award granted to the top 3% of students.
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