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Sean Foote
Operating Partner

VC. Entrepreneur. AI engineer. Educator.

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More About Sean Foote

Sean Foote has been a venture capitalist since 1998. Besides Transform Capital, he is also the Managing Director of early-stage firm Co=Creation=Capital.  His prior firm, Labrador Ventures, invested in more than 100 companies across 5 funds, including Hotmail, Pandora, and RocketFuel.

Before venture investing, Sean 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. Sean also worked as a systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, developing artificial intelligence systems for testing the most complicated telecommunications networks.

For over 20 years, Sean has been on the professional faculty at the University of California’s Haas School of Business, teaching venture capital and private equity.  He has taught a course in impact investing at Stanford University and at Haas, with a real-time simulcast to 100 business school campuses around the country. He has written and published cases on venture capital and microfinance.

 

Philanthropically interested in economic solutions to social problems, Sean is the co-founder of Toniic and Village Capital, focused on impact investing. He is on the boards of Accion and FairTrade USA.

 

He has been on the US National Amateur Triathlon Team and is a singer-songwriter (Yes, he still uses myspace).  Subscribe and read his random blog entries here.

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 won the Shermett Award granted to the top 3% of students.

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Area of Interest for Investing

Capital efficient growth, Gaining advantage in inefficient markets, Algorithms that improve efficiency or look like magic

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Nonprofits You Are Most Passionate About

97% of the US economy is profit-driven.

Leveraging the profit motive to also do good is the next frontier for business.

Sean Foote, Operating Partner, Transform Capital